Angioplasty is a minimally invasive (nonsurgical) percutaneously performed clinical procedure used to dilate blood vessels narrowed or blocked by atherosclerosis. Historically, angioplasty was performed most commonly on the coronary arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle. However, recent evidence indicates its effectiveness in improving cerebral circulation in patients with acute stroke. Angioplasty may be used to treat coronary artery disease, which often presents with persistent angina (chest pain) or a myocardial infarction (heart attack), cerebrovascular disease causing stroke or transient ischemic attacks, renal artery stenosis causing kidney dysfunction, and peripheral artery disease, usually in the blood vessel of the leg. During angioplasty, a stent is placed in the vessel to keep the...
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