angioplasty

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angioplasty [(an-jee-uh-plas-tee)]

A surgical technique in which a catheter containing a small balloon is inserted into arteries around the heart. The balloon is inflated to compress deposits of fatty substances blocking the artery, thereby restoring the flow of blood.

Note: Also called balloon therapy.
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