from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The surgical repair of a blood vessel, either by inserting a balloon-tipped catheter to unblock it, or by reconstructing or replacing part of the vessel.
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- n. The mechanical widening of a narrowed or totally obstructed blood vessel generally caused by atheroma.
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- n. an operation to repair a damaged blood vessel or unblock a coronary artery
If you are getting paid more for the angioplasty, then that subconsciously even might make you think the angioplasty is the better route to take.
Whether the preference for angioplasty is good for the patients of Elyria is open to medical debate.
The fact that some physicians do advocate angioplasty is due to recent changes: medical therapy has improved to the point where it almost always does as well or better than angioplasty.
Mr. SPRADLIN: There's one that we put in the category we call angioplasty, right?
The furor prompted the ACC, the angioplasty group and the Society of Thoracic Surgeons to draft criteria to be released this summer to help doctors decide when angioplasty is appropriate, says Ralph Brindis, a scientific adviser for Northern California Kaiser Permanente, who helped lead the effort.
That shift is evident not only in angioplasty procedures but also in other measures of how doctors practice medicine, such as which type of stent they chose.
The tubes and wires used in angioplasty also allow doctors to turn arteries into so-called therapeutic highways to fix other defects, such as the hole in the man's heart.
The research suggests angioplasty is used too often, and in many cases, the modest benefits don't justify the procedure's cost, which ranges from $10,000 to $12,000.
Advances in angioplasty -- improvements in catheter design, the advent of stents, metal meshes to prop open arteries, and better monitoring -- have made it safer.
PCI or percutaneous coronary intervention is commonly known as angioplasty and is a common intervention used to treat CAD.
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