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Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty

  • What is a percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty?

    Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA), commonly known as ballooning or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is a non-surgical procedure that is used to re-open the coronary (heart) arteries that have been narrowed or blocked due to the build-up of plaques (fatty deposits), allowing the blood flow to the heart muscle to be restored.

    During the procedure, a flexible catheter (thin tube) with a deflated balloon at the tip is inserted into an artery in the leg. The catheter is then slowly guided towards the affected part of the coronary artery, and the balloon inflated and deflated several times to squeeze the plaques against the wall of the coronary arteries. This will result in the widening of the artery and the restoration of normal blood flow to the part of the heart muscle that is fed by this artery.

    A stent (a tiny expandable metal coil) may also be implanted to help keep the artery open and decrease the risk of re-blockage.

  • Your doctor may recommend PTCA if prescribed medications and lifestyle changes have not been enough to reduce the effects of the blocked arteries. Your doctor might also recommend this procedure if your symptoms, including chest pain and shortness of breath, are getting worse.

    The success rate of this procedure is very high (around 90%) and the risk of complications is very low. Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that does not need the use of general anaesthesia.

    A successful angioplasty can reduce your symptoms (chest pain), allow you to resume normal activity and increase your chances of long-term survival.

    New developments in PTCA

    Percutaneous can now be performed using CorPath GRX, a robotic-assisted platform. Using CorPath GRX, your doctor can utilise a set of joysticks and touchscreen controls to move devices within the platform’s robotic arm with better precision, to the point of sub-millimetre measurement and 1-millimetre movement.

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    • Ang Teck Kee

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      Livingstone Cardiology Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #14-13
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      62357536
    • Chan Wan Xian

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-58 To 63 And #1054/55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6339 3638
      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #16-07
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      68873422
    • Chee Tek Siong

      Specialty:
      Cardiology
      Sub-specialty:
      Intensive Care Medicine

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      Clinic:
      The Heart Specialist Clinic
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #14-10
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      62358733
    • Cheng Alfred

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      Alfred Cheng Cardiac Care Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #15-15
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      67357735
    • Chew Christopher

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      International Heart Clinic Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #06-07
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      63338383
    • Chia Stanley

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-58 To 63 And #1054/55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6339 3638
      Clinic:
      Asian Heart And Vascular Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-08
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      228510
      Contact No:
      67338638
    • Chiam Toon Lim Paul

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      The Heart And Vascular Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #08-06
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6735 3022
      Clinic:
      The Heart & Vascular Centre (Novena)
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #09-21
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6694 0140
    • Chow Hui Jeremy

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-58 To 63 And #1054/55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6339 3638
      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre Pte Ltd
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-08
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      228510
      Contact No:
      67338638
    • Chuang Hsuan-Hung

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-58 To 63 And #1054/55
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6339 3638
      Clinic:
      Asian Heart And Vascular Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #17-08
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      228510
      Contact No:
      67338638
    • Goh Ping Ping

      Specialty:
      Cardiology

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      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre
      Location:
      3 Mount Elizabeth #16-07
      Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre
      Singapore 228510
      Contact No:
      6887 3422
      Clinic:
      Asian Heart & Vascular Centre
      Location:
      38 Irrawaddy Road #08-58 To 63
      Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre
      Singapore 329563
      Contact No:
      6339 3638

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