Coloured X-ray of cardiac angioplasty in progress

Coloured X-ray of cardiac angioplasty in progress

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Credit: MEHAU KULYK/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cardiac angioplasty. Coloured angiogram (X-ray) of an inflated balloon catheter during the technique of cardiac angioplasty. The tube-like catheter is seen looping around inside blood vessels and inside the heart; the blood vessels and heart are not seen on X-ray. Vertebrae of the spine are at right in this side view. The catheter has expanded into a balloon (lower centre) at a site where the blood vessel or a heart valve is narrowed and must be widened. Angioplasty is the use of a balloon catheter to inflate an obstructed artery or heart valve, and so restore blood flow. Atherosclerosis is a common disease obstructing blood flow where fatty plaques develop on inner walls of arteries.

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Keywords: angioplasty, arterial disease, arteriosclerotic vascular disease, asvd, atherosclerosis, balloon, balloon angioplasty, cardiac, cardiac angioplasty, healthcare, heart, hospital, medical, medicine, pci, percutaneous coronary intervention, procedure equipment, surgery, surgical treatment, x-ray, xray

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