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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?

Using local anaesthetic, a catheter is inserted through your wrist, arm or groin artery and into your heart. X-rays are taken to assess the condition of your heart and detect any narrowing or blockages. A small balloon is used to widen the affected artery and a stent is deployed and inserted at the same time, to prevent the blockage reoccurring. 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 of the procedure is given prior to procedure, with any preparation required.

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