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balloon angioplasty

noun, Surgery
1.
a method of opening a clogged or narrowed blood vessel in which a small balloon is introduced into the vessel by means of a catheter and then inflated at the site of blockage.
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  • He underwent a balloon angioplasty, a procedure that is used to clear a blocked artery.
  • Sometimes, balloon angioplasty may be done instead of surgery, but it has a higher rate of failure.
balloon angioplasty in Medicine

balloon angioplasty n.
A procedure in which a catheter equipped with a tiny balloon at the tip is inserted into an artery that has been narrowed by the accumulation of fatty deposits. The balloon is then inflated to clear the blockage and widen the artery.

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