When experiencing chest pain or heart attack the patient needs the right medical treatment – fast. Regional Hospital provides treatment for chest pain (angina) or heart attack by offering angioplasty, a non-surgical treatment designed to restore the flow of blood through coronary arteries that have been blocked or clogged by plaque or blood clot.
Coronary Angioplasty Saves Lives
A balloon angioplasty (also called PTCA, or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty) is a procedure where the area of the vessel blockage is widened with the use of a special balloon. A catheter with a tiny balloon is inserted into the femoral artery, usually through the groin area, and guided through the arterial system into the heart. The balloon is gently inflated to open the blockage. A stent may then be inserted to keep the artery permanently open. Studies show heart attack survival is greatly improved when treated with coronary angioplasty.