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Balloon Angioplasty

Balloon Angioplasty or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplastyAngioplasty, also known as balloon angioplasty or Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA), is a minimally invasive procedure performed by an interventional cardiologist for blockage of the arteries.  A specially designed catheter with a small balloon tip is guided to the point of narrowing in the artery. Once in place, the balloon is inflated which compresses the fatty substance called plaque into against the artery wall and stretches the artery open to increase blood flow to the heart.