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Understanding Angioplasty Procedures

The Cath Lab

Catheter-based procedures are performed in a special room in the hospital, called the catheterization laboratory or cath Lab. The room is fitted with high-resolution fluoroscopic and recording equipment. The fluoroscopic (X-Ray) can be rotated in various angles. Views from various camera angles are recorded and the recording of angiogram is done directly on a compact disc or a cassette.

Cornonary Angioplasty

View video of angioplasty procedure

Medically it is called Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)

Stent Procedure

View video of stent procedure

It is a metallic spring (like ballpoint pen spring)

View of heart after bypass surgery