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An angioplasty in a U.S. hospital or cardiology clinic can cost upwards of $25,000, while the procedure at Angeles Health Mexico is just $14,900.

Of course, your health is not just about cost and angioplasty patients will therefore be pleased to know that Angeles Health Mexico offers the support and expertise of a multidisciplinary team of specialists who are committed to excellence in treatment and patient care. Our cardiology facilities and medical technology represent healthcare value that is second to none.

As Mexico’s largest private hospital network, we are pleased to offer you high quality medical services whilst keeping your healthcare costs down.

Angioplasty generally refers to a procedure of interventional cardiology in which a balloon and/or a bare metal stent (also called a scaffold) is inserted via catheter to treat the blocked arteries of patients suffering from cardiovascular disease. In the past two decades angioplasty techniques and materials have evolved to combat the problem of restenosis, the body’s natural reaction to the controlled injury of angioplasty, in which arteries produce smooth muscle cells, like the formation of scar tissue, that can create re-blocking of the treated artery.

Today interventional cardiologists are finding great promise in devices sometimes referred to as coated or medicated stents. These drug-eluting stents are normal metal stents that are coated with drugs known to interfere with the process of restenosis (re-blocking). Angioplasty is one of the most commonly performed medical procedures worldwide, with more than half a million stents placed in patients’ clogged arteries annually in the United States alone.

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Angioplasty with or without vascular stenting is a minimally invasive procedure performed to improve blood flow in the body’s arteries and veins.

In an angioplasty procedure, imaging techniques are used to guide a balloon-tipped catheter, a long, thin plastic tube, into an artery or vein and advance it to the narrow or blocked part of a patient’s vascular system. The balloon is then inflated to open the vessel, after which it is deflated and removed.

During angioplasty, a small wire mesh tube called a stent may be permanently placed in the newly opened artery or vein to help it remain open. There are two types of stents: bare stents (wire mesh) and covered stents (also commonly called stent grafts), which may contain drugs to reduce the incidence of restenosis.

Using image guidance, an inflatable balloon mounted at the tip of a catheter is inserted through the skin into an artery and advanced to the site of an arterial blockage, where the balloon is inflated and deflated. In this process, the balloon expands the artery wall, increasing blood flow through the artery.

Many angioplasty procedures also include the placement of a stent, a small, flexible tube made of plastic or wire mesh to support the damaged artery walls. Stents can be self-expandable or balloon expandable. Balloon expandable stents are typically placed over a balloon-tipped catheter so that when the balloon is expanded, it pushes the stent in place against the artery wall. When the balloon is deflated and removed, the stent remains permanently in place, acting like a scaffold for the artery. Self-expandable stents are easy to deploy, but may require additional angioplasty with balloon to obtain satisfactory dilation (opening) of the diseased vessel. Covered stents or stent-grafts have additional advantages over bare stents and are becoming more commonly used.

Drug-coated (also called drug-eluting) stents have recently been approved for clinical use in the coronary (heart) arteries by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These stents are coated with a medication that is slowly released to help keep the blood vessel from re-narrowing, a condition called restenosis.

At the end of the procedure, the catheter will be removed and pressure will be applied to stop any bleeding. The opening in the skin is then covered with a dressing. No sutures are needed. Angioplasty patients must lie in bed with legs straight for several hours after the procedure. In some cases, the physician may use a device that seals the small hole in the artery, called a closure device, which allows the patient to move around more quickly.

The length of the procedure may vary depending on the time spent evaluating the vascular system prior to any therapy, as well as the complexity of the treatment.

Ideal candidates for angioplasty and stenting have moderate to severe narrowing or blockage in one or more blood vessels. Usually, they will also have symptoms of coronary artery disease, such as pain or ulceration in one or more limbs.

Patients with extremely hard plaque deposits, blockages that contain blood clots or a large amount of calcium, or who have extensive or particularly long blockages, blood vessel spasms that don’t go away, or complete blockages that cannot be traversed with a catheter, are not good candidates for angioplasty.

Good candidates for angioplasty are determined through several tests conducted during routine examinations that consider the following:

  • Whether symptoms of cardiovascular disease can be controlled with medicine or other non-invasive therapies.
  • The patient’s age.
  • The severity of angina, including how long the patient has had it and how painful or debilitating it may be.
  • Where the cardiovascular blockage is located.
  • How the patient’s blood vessels are shaped.
  • How many vessels are affected by blockage.
  • How severe the narrowing is?
  • How hard or calcified plaque in the blood vessels has become.
  • The patient’s overall health, including the number of previous heart attacks.
  • Patients may not be recommended for angioplasty in the following instances:
  • If the catheter can’t reach the blockage.
  • Where multiple blood vessels have blockages.
  • In cases where plaque is too hard, or calcified.
  • In patients whose left main coronary artery is significantly blocked by plaque (this is the blood vessel that supplies blood to most of the heart).

In such cases, patients will need to discuss other options with their doctor.

Benefits of Coronary Angioplasty

Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure that aims to widen narrowed blood vessels, increasing the flow of blood to the heart. Successful angioplasty decreases the risk of heart attack in many patients, reduces the symptoms of angina, and slows the progress of coronary artery (cardiovascular) disease.

While medication can only treat the symptoms of cardiovascular degeneration, angioplasty can affect the progression of the disease. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG — more commonly known as heart bypass) can be used to get around narrowed sections of blocked arteries, but for some people angioplasty offers the best treatment, while for others grafting may be more appropriate. An experienced cardiovascular specialist can advise patients on which he or she thinks is the best option according to a patient’s circumstances.

Possible Complications

There are risks involved with coronary angioplasty — as there are with any medical procedure. Exact risks vary from patient to patient but the most common complications associated with coronary angioplasty are:

  • Bruising and swelling where the catheter was inserted
  • Allergic reaction to the dye used during the coronary angioplasty
  • Rarely coronary angioplasty can cause the artery to become completely blocked. (Should this happen, an emergency coronary artery bypass operation would be performed.)
An angioplasty in a U.S. hospital or cardiology clinic can cost more than $25,000, while the procedure at Angeles Health Mexico is just $12,350.

In addition to low costs Angeles Health Mexico offers the support and expertise of a team of highly skilled specialists who help our patients understand and manage all the challenges they face in reclaiming healthy lives. Our facilities, medical equipment and technology represent healthcare value that is second to none.

Coronary angioplasty patients at Angeles Health Mexico receive the expert care of physicians, nurses and x-ray technicians who are committed to creating a medical travel experience that is as safe, supported and secure as it can be. All cardiology staff at Angeles Hospital Tijuana work to see that patients get the treatment they require for success and that they emerge from the hospital fully prepared to meet their long-term health goals.

All angioplasty patients at Angeles Health Mexico are assigned a Patient Facilitator, who handles all arrangements free of charge. Your Patient Facilitator will provide you with a full itinerary that tells you exactly what to expect throughout your medical travel trip.

The Angioplasty Medical Travel Package at Angeles Hospital Tijuana includes:

  • All tests and examinations prior to treatment.
  • All included medical and procedure costs: cardiologist, anesthesia, x-ray equipment, nursing care.
  • A dedicated Case Manager to guide your medical treatment experience.
  • Pre-treatment consultations if needed. Airport transfer on arrival and departure.
  • All travel planning and itinerary services.
  • One night hospital stay.

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