CORONARY ANGIOPLASTY: WHAT ARE THE RISKS AND POSSIBLE COMPLICATIONS?

In experienced hands the procedure is very safe. However, there is no guarantee that the obstruction will completely disappear after the balloon inflation. In fact, there is a 1-2% chance that the obstruction can actually increase during the procedure which may result in a closure of the coronary artery. In most cases this eventuality can be prevented by implanting a stent. In a small percentage of patients (< 0.5%), emergency surgery may become necessary.

Some of the other possible complications are listed below. However, you must rest assured that these complications are extremely rare, bleeding from the groin

blood clot formation {hematoma) in the groin

bleeding elsewhere (abdomen, brain, etc.)

dye reaction

clotting of the leg artery

weakness of the leg artery leading to a pseudoaneurysm (swelling) in the groin, which may need surgery

embolisation of a blood clot to the brain, which may lead to temporary or permanent paralysis heart attack.

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