Angioplasty and stents

An angiograph allows doctors to see inside a blood vessel.

Dye is added to the blood providing the contrast necessary to view the affected blood vessel.

Balloon like structures are inserted to hold the blood vessel open and a stent is inserted to keep the blood vessel open.


Statins reduce blood cholesterol levels. Aspirin ‘thins’ the blood, making it less ‘sticky’.

These drugs reduce the risk of a blockage or clot and therefore a heart attack or stroke.

They are given to individuals at risk of a heart attack or stroke or who have already had one.