an·​gio·​plas·​ty | \ ˈan-jē-ə-ˌplas-tē \
plural angioplasties

Definition of angioplasty

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

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Knee replacements, cataract surgeries, cesarean deliveries, coronary-bypass grafts, angioplasty. Siddhartha Mukherjee, New York Times, "Can Doctors Choose Between Saving Lives and Saving a Fortune?," 3 Apr. 2018 Heart attacks are instead treated with angioplasty. Karen Weintraub, STAT, "At 88, this doctor won’t give up on a long-ignored treatment for strokes and heart attacks," 6 Apr. 2018 Niam, 4, has already had four angioplasties, a second open heart surgery and various other procedures. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville native raising awareness for genetic disorder 22q, which affects his child and thousands of others," 17 May 2018 In angioplasty, a doctor inflates a thin balloon in an artery to widen it, leaving a stent in place to prop the blood vessel open. Consumer Reports, Washington Post, "Some reasons not to rush into open-heart surgery," 26 Feb. 2018 Within about a year and a half of her arrest, Ezell had five angioplasties and underwent open heart surgery, according to a transcript of her sentencing hearing., "Release programs for sick and elderly prisoners could save millions. But states rarely use them.," 18 Apr. 2018 Why would the absence of interventional cardiologists affect patients who did not undergo artery-opening angioplasty or get stents to hold arteries open? Amy Norton,, "Heart attack survival better when specialists are out of town," 19 Mar. 2018 From the beginning, doctors did angioplasty to treat the condition, propping open veins with devices designed for arteries., "Despite FDA warnings, state boards lag in taking action on controversial MS treatment," 28 Mar. 2018 Those cardiologists are specialists in using minimally invasive procedures such as angioplasty and stenting to treat a heart attack. Amy Norton,, "Heart attack survival better when specialists are out of town," 19 Mar. 2018

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an·​gio·​plas·​ty | \ ˈan-jē-ə-ˌplas-tē \
plural angioplasties

Medical Definition of angioplasty

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

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