Angioplasty is a procedure that may be necessary if you have blocked coronary arteries (the arteries that provide oxygen and nutrients to your heart muscle). In addition to opening blocked arteries, this procedure can help improve blood and oxygen flow to your heart without open heart surgery. In many cases, an expandable device, called a stent, is inserted into your blocked artery after the procedure. Stents can help the artery remain open for a longer period.
In general, this procedure is safe and effective. Possible complications of angioplasty include minor infections and temporary pain.
(To learn more about this coronary procedure, click Angioplasty. This article takes a closer look at how it is performed, discusses the recovery process, and describes other potential complications.)