What is coronary angioplasty?
Coronary angioplasty – or PCI and PTCA – is a technique for treating coronary heart disease and angina. It helps improve your blood supply to the heart muscle and can help to relieve angina symptoms. You might also have angioplasty if you’ve already had a coronary bypass but your angina has returned.
You’ll usually have an angiogram before your angioplasty, but sometimes this is carried out at the same time. Angioplasty is sometimes used as an emergency treatment for people that have had a heart attack or unstable angina (angina that comes on with less and less physical activity or even while you are resting).
A crushing pain, or heaviness or tightness in your chest, or
A pain in your arm, throat, neck, jaw, back or stomach