noun[mass noun] Medicine
Surgical widening of a blocked or narrowed blood vessel, especially a coronary artery, by means of a balloon catheter.
- All lesions were predilated with balloon angioplasty before stent implant.
- They pry open clogged blood vessels with balloon angioplasty and stents, the wire tubes to keep them open.
- Coronary artery restenosis after balloon angioplasty or stent implantation remains a major limitation to the long-term success of these procedures.
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