What happens if a cardiologist fails to successfully insert the heart stent during the angioplasty?Cardiology
I was told that there was a risk that the cardiologist may fail to successfully insert the stent into the blocked artery during the angioplasty. What happens if that is the case?
When a cardiologist is not able to insert a heart stent, this is usually due to:
- Either the artery being blocked for a long time (called a CTO or chronic total occlusion, usually with severe calcification) or
- Because the artery is very tortuous and the narrowing is in an area which is difficult to reach
In the first instance, ie CTO, where the procedure has been unsuccessful - one could reattempt the procedure with further specialised equipment, and with experts who have specialised exclusively in opening up such arteries.
In the case of tortuous arteries, it maybe worthwhile reattempting the procedure with specialised kit, and a combination of two operators might also help.
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