Balloon Angioplasty

Balloon Angioplasty

Clearing blocked arteries

Balloon angioplasty is a well-established technique used to increase blood flow through a blocked area. It can be applied to arteries anywhere in the body and can clear both a narrowing, or stenosis, and a blockage, or occlusion.

1 A wire is guided through the artery to the obstruction.

2 A catheter carrying a deflated balloon is threaded over the guide wire.

3 The balloon is inflated. The blockage isn’t removed; the artery walls are simply stretched apart or the occlusion is split by the inflation, restoring blood flow. Then the instruments are removed.


Acupressure for Heart attack
Here is a list of acupressure points to try while seeking urgent medical attention for Heart Attack, on PointFinder.org.
If this is your first time, please read the instructions. Don’t use acupressure to replace standard emergency procedures or licensed medical treatment. If you are seriously injured or have acute┬ásymptoms seek urgent medical treatment.


LABELS:
Major arteries
Femoral artery
Guide wire
Stenosis
Catheter
Inflated balloon

Text and illustrations by Kevin T. Boyd