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angioplasty
n. surgical operation of the blood vessels in which a balloon is inserted into a vessel and inflated in order to clear clogged arteries (Medicine)

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Angioplasty
Angioplasty (or Balloon angioplasty) is an endovascular procedure to widen narrowed or obstructed arteries or veins, typically to treat arterial atherosclerosis. An empty, collapsed balloon, known as a balloon catheter, is passed over a wire into the narrowed locations and then inflated to a fixed size. The balloon forces expansion of the stenosis (narrowing) within the vessel and the surrounding muscular wall, opening up the blood vessel for improved flow, and the balloon is then deflated and withdrawn. A stent may or may not be inserted at the time of ballooning to ensure the vessel remains open.

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angioplasty

Noun
1. an operation to repair a damaged blood vessel or unblock a coronary artery
(hypernym) operation, surgery, surgical operation, surgical procedure, surgical process


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angioplasty
noun
plastic surgery to repair a blood vessel, such as a narrowed coronary artery
percutaneous angioplasty = repair of a narrowed artery by passing a balloon into the artery through a catheter and then inflating it


The Glossary of the American Council on Science and Health

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angioplasty
A procedure to repair or otherwise to alter a blood vessel (e.g., to unblock a coronary artery).



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