What is angioplasty?

Also known as: Balloon angioplasty, stent angioplasty.

Children born with congenital heart disease (and in some rare cases acquired as a result of other medical problems) can have narrowing of one or multiple vessels (veins or arteries) in the body.

Balloon angioplasty is a non-surgical procedure used to restore the flow of blood through blocked or narrow vessels. It is performed using a catheter (a long, thin plastic tube), is less invasive than surgery, and in some instances more effective, such as in vessels that cannot be easily reached by the surgeon.

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