This animation shows a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) procedure to open up blocked coronary arteries by inflating a tiny balloon to compress the plaque against the walls of the artery, flattening it out so that blood can once again flow through the blood vessel freely.
- Last reviewed on 12/9/2012
- Glenn Gandelman, MD, MPH, FACC Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at New York Medical College, and in private practice specializing in cardiovascular disease in Greenwich, CT. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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