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Recovery and Expected Results With an Angioplasty

In most cases, people stay in the hospital for one to two days after their angioplasty. When you leave the hospital to continue your recovery, you should be given specific wound care instructions and discharge instructions for driving, activity level, medication, and any other restrictions. You will need to avoid vigorous exertion or strenuous activity for one to two weeks after balloon angioplasty. Benefits of the procedure often include a significant relief from chest pain and a decrease in the need for heart medication. Angioplasty has a 90 percent success rate for unblocking coronary arteries.
 
(Click Angioplasty Recovery and Expectations With Angioplasty for more information.)
 

Possible Complications

Minor complications of balloon angioplasty can include:
 
  • Bleeding
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abnormal heartbeat.
 
In most cases, these complications are temporary and easily treated by your doctor. Major complications include:
 
 
However, it is important to note that balloon angioplasty has been performed safely since 1941 with successful results and limited complications (see Complications of Balloon Angioplasty).
 
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Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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