Angioplasty is a minimally invasive endovascular procedure, which uses a special balloon to widen the narrowed blood vessels of the heart caused mainly due to atherosclerosis. This procedure restores the blood flow to the heart that has been reduced due to the formation of plaque in the blood vessels. It is used to reduce chest pain caused due to decreased blood flow and to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

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I have a discomfort under my sternum when I walk up a slope. What do you suggest?

Query: Hello doctor,I have a very localized discomfort under my sternum when I exercise. Generally, it does not occur with just walking on level ground but on even a gentle slope (incline), I begin to notice it. I have had an echocardiogram. The cardiologist recommended an angiogram and possibly an angiopl...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your health query and have understood you may be having what is called ischemic heart disease. In this disease, the vessels supplying blood to the heart muscles itself, get clogged due to any reason. When there is the partial blockage (incomplete bloc...  Read Full »

Was my father's death due to pulmonary edema or medical negligence?

Query: Dear doctor, My father died during angioplasty. The treating doctor said that the death is due to pulmonary edema. But we suspect it may be because of a medical negligence. I need a second opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What happens in a heart attack is that the patient's heart is not functioning properly. It does not maintain the speed and pressure required. And therefore, the blood and the fluid collects in the body including the lungs. When the fluid collects in the lungs, a person ...  Read Full »

Constant nausea, dizziness, palpitations, and lack of strength are seen in a patient who underwent heart surgery. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am enquiring about a patient who underwent heart surgery around 13 years ago. Angiography was conducted, and angioplasty was performed. Currently, he takes the following medications Ecosprin Gold 10, Glycomet 250, and Etizola 0.5. He used to take Vomistop, DDR-D, Domperidone, and Pan...  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your concern and will help you out. But first, I would like to know a few things. 1) What are the current symptoms the patient is having? 2) What is the age of the patient? 3) Is the patient a smoker? 4) What is the blood pressure and heart rate? For...  Read Full »

I have been suggested with open-heart surgery or angioplasty to remove the block. Which is better?

Query: Hello doctor, Do we need to do open-heart surgery to remove the block? And I already know about angioplasty, and some people suggest open-heart surgery.  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Pillai

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for the query and description of your problem. This particular angiogram (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) shows the left main disease. That is the feeder vessel to all the left-sided blood vessels of the heart. A few years back, the safest...  Read Full »

Can you please suggest from the reports if I need angioplasty?

Query: Hello doctor, I have breathlessness while walking or taking stairs, chest congestion at times, and sleeplessness. I am diabetic and take Insulin twice a day. Please find the attached reports of ECG, echo, and angiography. Is angioplasty required? Can blockage be tackled with medicines alone?  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Yes, you should undergo angioplasty because you are having symptoms on exertion. The ECG changes are suggestive of deficient blood supply. Also, the blockage is significant 80 %. At this moment,...  Read Full »

My uncle, who underwent angioplasty recently, has on and off chest pain. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor, One of my uncle had heart attack. He was hospitalized later and treated with angioplasty. He was stable at hospital and discharged last month. But, it seems he has pain in the middle of the chest. It just comes and goes. Is this pain common after the angioplasty? If so, how long it prevai...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns. This type of pain has two elements. Physical, due to cardiac intervention in angioplasty and psychologic that is after having a heart attack, patient gets fear of dying. When a ...  Read Full »

Can you explain the echo reports?

Query: Hello doctor,Ten days ago, my dad collapsed on the street. We rushed him to the hospital and made an echo. Also, he was suffering from high blood pressure but, nowadays his blood pressure is low. This was the first time it happened to him after he took Avodart and Tamsulin. His reports read as f...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to He probably fell due to low blood pressure induced due to Tamsulosin. However, there are possibilities like heart rhythm abnormalities and rapid heart rate as his heart function is also low. The echo report indicates that his heart function is low and it is 39...  Read Full »

What is the risk of postponing an angiography?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 45 year old male. My height is 184 cm and weight is 97 kg. I have breathlessness on exertion. I get some pain in my throat while walking, but not always. I had a TMT test which was positive. I did TMT for 6.3 minutes and stopped due to breathlessness. The ECG showed ST depression o...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Majid Hanif

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I welcome you and want to assure you do not worry as everything is going to be fine if proper care and treatment is opted in for. I have thoroughly gone through your case and can well understand your genuine health concerns.  Read Full »

Can a patient with coronary artery disease lead a normal life with lifestyle modifications?

Query: Hi doctor, My husband is 37-year-old and had angioplasty in LCX five years ago and again had another angioplasty recently in proximal LCX. He also has 50% stenosis in LAD and RCA. Can he live a normal life and to full term? How to reverse coronary artery disease? Can changes in lifestyle be helpful...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, he can live a normal life if he makes a friendship with his heart. If he remains a good friend, his heart will be even more good friend of him. Not only this, but his heart will teach him how to live a healthy life, how to be good. Every one of us has some degree o...  Read Full »

Should a kidney condition be treated before angioplasty and amputation of the left leg due to gangrene?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother has developed gangrene in her left leg, which pains a lot when she walks for more than two minutes, from past two weeks. So, we got an MRA of the leg, which showed no blood circulation in the left leg. As a result, the doctor suggested an angioplasty and amputation. She is ...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to During any procedure like angiography or angioplasty, dyes are used which may harm the kidneys. There is a risk, but it is high for people having pre-existing kidney disease. If you mother has kidney disease, then she may require dialysis, before and after the procedure...  Read Full »

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