Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty
What is PTCA?
through the skin
"Transluminal" within the lumen or
"Coronary" the artery which supplies the
"Angioplasty" remodeling the artery.
PTCA (Angioplasty) is
a mechanical fix to a biological problem. It can correct
the immediate danger of blocked arteries.
The advantage of angioplasty over open heart surgery is
that it is much less invasive and more repeatable if the
advance necessating the correction of more blockages.
History of PTCA
Andreas Gruentzig a physician in Zurich
Switzerland inserted a catheter into a patient's coronary
artery and inflated a small balloon
opening a blocking and restoring blood flow to a human
heart. Over a millian angioplasties (PTCAs) are performed
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