Pulmonary artery stenosis: Balloon angioplasty in the heart catheterization lab

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Balloon angioplasty is a surgery that is used to open a narrowed blood vessel in the heart. Learn about balloon angioplasty for pulmonary artery stenosis.

Key points

  • The pulmonary arteries carry blood from the heart to the lungs. A stenosis is a narrowing of an artery that disrupts blood flow. Pulmonary artery stenosis means that not enough blood is getting to your child's lungs.
  • Balloon angioplasty is a method of opening up the narrowed artery using a thin tube called a catheter.
  • Your child will have a general anaesthetic for the procedure. Your child may need to stay in the hospital overnight.
Last updated: November 10th 2009