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Interventional cardiologists perform minimally invasive procedures that rely on catheters and small incisions instead of traditional surgery including balloon valvuloplasty.
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I've heard of angioplasty to treat heart disease, but how is it beneficial to other parts of the body?
Angioplasty and the insertion of a stent is a commonly used procedure by vascular specialists to treat patients who suffer from seriously blocked arteries to the legs. These blockages can limit walking and even put a person at risk for amputation due to poor blood flow.
The interventionist performs the minimally invasive angioplasty with a local anesthetic. The tiny balloon used during the procedure is inflated to open and “stretch” the blocked artery. Sometimes a stent is inserted to help keep the artery open and maintain blood flow to the legs.