What is PTCA ?

When the atherosclerotic plaque of CAD ( coronary artery disease ) blocks the artery ,  PTCA which is Minimally invasive surgical procedure to correct localized narrowing  of artery  performed to open blocked or narrowed coronary arteries and to restore  arterial blood flow to the heart tissue without open heart surgery.

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A special catheter is inserted into the coronary artery to be  treated in the femoral artery in the groin, First a guide wire is inserted and then a catheter  which injects a dye.This catheter has a tiny balloon as its tip, The balloon is inflated once the catheter has been placed into the narrowed area of the coronary artery. The inflation of the balloon compresses the fatty tissue in the artery and makes a larger opening inside the artery for improved blood flow.

A tiny, expandable metal coil (stent) is  inserted into the newly opened area of the artery to help keep the artery from narrowing or closing again.


About Dr.Nabil Paktin

Cardiologist , M.D.,F.A.C.C.

Posted on May 10, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Dr-Niamatullah Ahmadzay


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