What is Balloon Angioplasty?
Angioplasty and Stenting are part of a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention or PCI. The PCI Procedure is performed to improve the blood flow from the arteries of the heart to the heart muscle.
The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s Cardiology Department is one of the countries pioneering centers for Balloon Angioplasty. This recent technology has been championed by our Cardiology Consultant, Dr Simon Eccleshall with all our Interventionists adopting the same techniques.
The difference in Balloon Angioplasty is in the fact that balloons are used to deliver a drug to prevent re-narrowing so that ultimately there is no stent left behind in the artery.
What does PCI involve?
Balloon angioplasty involves the same processes as Angioplasty/PCI; using wires and catheters a specialist type of balloon is positioned at a narrowing in the artery. The balloon is coated in a special drug that prevents re-narrowing of the artery and assists in the healing process. Once in position the balloon is inflated over a period of about a minute in order to deliver the drug to a specific area. The balloon is then deflated and removed leaving only the drug coating behind.