In coronary artery disease, which is a blocking of one or more of the arteries which nourish the heart, the doctor may recommend coronary angioplasty.
A relatively new treatment for the symptoms of coronary artery disease, angioplasty uses a catheter or tube with a balloon at the end to gently compress blockages and widen the openings of the coronary arteries. In most cases, the result is improved blood flow to the heart.
The angioplasty procedure itself takes only an hour or two and is done under local anesthesia. One may feel some twinges in chest when the balloon is inflated, but once the blockage is compressed, the pain should disappear.