The gold standard for treating blockages is the angioplasty. It is when a cardiologist uses a thin wire and catheter with a balloon attached to access a diseased vessel. The balloon on the tip of the catheter is inflated to open the blockage.

In some cases, a tiny metal coil called a stent is expanded inside the blocked vessel and left in place to keep it from renarrowing. This procedure is much the same as the heart cath and may be done in the same setting. Recovery time often requires an overnight stay in the hospital.

For more specific, detailed information regarding this or any other cardiac procedure, please call the Cardiac Cath Lab at (608)775-2233 or (800) 362-9567, ext. 52233, Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
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