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Coronary Angioplasty and Stent Placement


What is it?

This is a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed arteries.

How is it done?

Done under local anaesthetic, a catheter is inserted either through your wrist, arm or groin artery and into your heart. X-rays are then taken to allow us to understand the condition of your heart and detect any narrowing’s or blockages. A small balloon is used to widen the affected artery and a stent is deployed at the same time to prevent the blockage returning. Usually, you will need to stay overnight following this procedure.


This is normally performed at one of the Private Hospitals in Hamilton by your Cardiologist. A full explanation is given, regarding what the procedure entails and what preparation is required prior.

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