What is balloon angioplasty used for

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By nclexnursing

An operation called balloon angioplasty is done to clear blocked or constricted arteries. It employs a catheter that is placed into an artery along with a balloon. The balloon is inflated at the location where plaque buildup has blocked or condensed the blood flow channel. If the obstruction is not too severe, it could be feasible to solve the issue by repeatedly inflating the balloon. This will push the plaque closer to the wall, expand the opening, and allow blood to travel through. The artery is then frequently inserted with a tubular device known as a stent. It will function inside the artery like a scaffold and maintain the blood vessel open.