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Angioplasty (Coronary) - Mississauga Hospital

Coronary angioplasty is performed on patients living with blocked coronary arteries. During the procedure a catheter with a special balloon is inserted into the artery at the point of blockage. The balloon is then blown up, compressing the fat or plaque blocking the artery against the arterial walls, widening the passage.

Angioplasty allows more blood to flow through the arteries and more oxygen and nutrients to the heart. It also reduces angina and the odds of having a heart attack.

Patients undergo coronary angioplasties in Mississauga Hospital's Cardiac Catheterization laboratories and recover in the cardiac short stay unit where they stay overnight for observation.

Mississauga Hospital's performs approximately 1,692 angioplasties a year and is the only hospital providing this service in the Halton/Peel Region. With a 95% success rate, patients who have had a coronary angioplasty at Mississauga Hospital report they are more active and enjoy doing things without experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, and other symptoms of angina.