angioplasty

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an·gio·plas·ty

noun \ˈan-jē-ə-ˌplas-tē\
plural an·gio·plas·ties

Definition of ANGIOPLASTY

:  surgical repair or recanalization of a blood vessel; especially :  balloon angioplasty

First Known Use of ANGIOPLASTY

circa 1919

Rhymes with ANGIOPLASTY

an·gio·plas·ty

noun \ˈan-jē-ə-ˌplas-tē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural an·gio·plas·ties

Medical Definition of ANGIOPLASTY

: surgical repair or recanalization of a blood vessel; especially : balloon angioplasty

angioplasty

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Therapeutic opening of a blocked blood vessel. Usually a balloon is inflated near the end of a catheter (see catheterization) to flatten plaques (see atherosclerosis) against an artery's wall. Performed on a coronary artery, angioplasty is a less invasive alternative to coronary bypass surgery in the treatment of coronary heart disease. Complications, including embolisms and tearing, are rare and results are excellent, but plaques tend to build up again after the procedure. Angioplasty is also used to expand a severely obstructed heart valve.

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