If you consume a lot of fats and salt in your diet, this may result in the thickening of the walls of your heart’s arteries, and eventually their blockage.  This can lead to coronary artery disease and cardiac problems, like strokes, heart attacks, and even death.  Angioplasty is a minimally-invasive procedure to restore blood flow through the arteries from your heart if they have become narrowed or blocked.

In an angioplasty, your surgeon re-opens your blocked artery by inserting a tiny balloon with a catheter to push open the artery and restore the natural flow of blood.  The balloon is then deflated and taken out.

A stent (a short tube) can be left to help keep the artery open if the blockage is very extensive.  The positive aspect about angioplasty is that recovery is quick because the procedure doesn’t require major incisions.

Candidates for angioplasty in the USA and Canada often face the dilemma that cardiac surgeries are extremely expensive, or they have to suffer long waits to receive medical treatment.  Many people considering angioplasty look to Costa Rica to have the procedure done.  Affordable angioplasty in Costa Rica is available without sacrificing quality.  Costa Rica’s excellent private hospitals and cardiovascular clinics cater to all forms of heart and vascular treatment, providing a high level of service and quality that you’d expect in North America or Europe.  Costa Rican doctors, of whom many are fluent in English and other languages besides Spanish, are highly trained and professional.

Angioplasty in Costa Rica is safe and affordable, performed by highly-skilled surgeons.  There are excellent private hospitals and facilities in which to stay during your recovery.

How is Angioplasty done?

Angioplasty is done in a hospital.  General anesthesia isn’t needed, so you’re awake during the procedure.  You’ll receive fluids and medications to relax you through an intravenous (IV) catheter.

Your surgeon will thread a catheter (a small, thin tube) through a blood vessel in your arm or groin up to the involved site in your heart’s artery. The tube has a tiny balloon on the end, which your surgeon will inflate, typically by water pressure, to push open the artery and restore the natural flow of blood.  The balloon is then deflated and taken out along with the catheter.  A stent (a short tube) can be left to help keep the artery open if the blockage is very extensive.

What is recovery like after Angioplasty in Costa Rica?

To avoid bleeding from the catheter insertion site, you will need to lie relatively still for several hours, either in the recovery area or in your hospital room.  After the procedure, you may receive an ultrasound of your carotid artery.  Most people are discharged from the hospital within 24 hours after the procedure, and are able to return to work within a week of coming home.

The catheter site may remain tender, swollen, and bruised for a few days, and there may be some bruising or a small lump in the area of the puncture.  You may take medications for pain and swelling as prescribed by your doctor.  You will need to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for at least 24 hours after the procedure.

Benefits of Angioplasty

  • Improves your quality of life
  • Reduces your symptoms of heart problems, like chest pain
  • Improves blood flow to your heart
  • Improves your heart muscle function
  • Reduces damage to your heart muscle
  • Reduces the chance of having a heart attack
  • Prolongs your life

Angioplasty in Costa Rica

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