When a diagnostic procedure identifies a blocked artery, the cardiologist may conduct a balloon angioplasty to widen the artery. He also may insert a stent, a metal mesh tube that holds the artery open.
If the problem can’t be corrected right away, you may be scheduled for another interventional procedure or be referred to another facility for open-heart surgery.
Based on your coronary heart disease symptoms, risk factors, or laboratory tests, your physician may decide your case is urgent. Urgent cases aren’t emergencies, but they are scheduled as quickly as possible.
One example of a condition requiring an urgent intervention is a vascular blockage in a patient’s leg. By opening the blockage, the doctor can alleviate pain and may prevent the potential amputation of a foot or toe.
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