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Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

Purpose of the Procedure

A PTCA is performed to alleviate a blockage in a coronary artery. In many cases, you will have undergone one or more other tests such as electrocardiograms, echocardiograms, or stress tests which have indicated the existence of a blocked coronary artery. You have most likely experienced symptoms such as angina or you may have already suffered a heart attack. The PTCA is intended to reopen the blood vessels supplying the heart so that heart damage may be avoided or minimized.

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