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Introduction
A coronary angioplasty is a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries.
How a coronary angioplasty and stent insertion are carried out
You will usually have an appointment to assess your health a few days before having a coronary angioplasty.
Recovering from a coronary angioplasty and stent insertion
You will normally be able to leave hospital the same day, or the following day after a planned (elective) coronary angioplasty.
Risks of coronary angioplasty and stent insertion
As with all types of surgery, coronary angioplasty carries a risk of complications. However, the risk of serious problems is small.
Alternatives to coronary angioplasty and stent insertion
The most widely used surgical alternative to a coronary angioplasty is a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG).
'I felt like I'd been kicked in the chest'
Lynn Connor was given a coronary angioplasty after she had a heart attack. A quick diagnosis and treatment saved her life.