PlacidAnswers: Which Clinics Offer Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA)?
The Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) is a procedure that helps visualising the anatomy of the coronary arteries and the possible damages (stenosis, occlusion) produced by the deposition of fat in their walls. The PTA represents the gold standard for exploring the coronary disease and brings critical information about the treatment needed.
The Percutaneous Transluminal Angioplasty (PTA) is performed under local anaesthesia. During the procedure the patient remains conscious and can communicate with the doctor. After achieving the local anaesthesia, the doctor will make a small incision in the groin or at the wrist (depending on the chosen approach; in the first case, the femoral artery, in the second, radial artery). The next step is to introduce a hollow tube (‘arterial sheath’) in the chosen artery, through which the doctor inserts, in several stages, guides and catheters (probes, thin tubes), which are advancing to the origin of the coronary arteries.
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