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Angioplasty risks

Angioplasty risks

Graph of 100 people, showing how many people out of 100 have had certain risks from angioplasty

Out of 100 people who have had a coronary angioplasty for stable angina:

  • About 1 or 2 people had a serious bleeding problem from the procedure.
  • About 1 to 4 people had damage to a blood vessel from the catheter.
  • Fewer than 1 out of 100 people (4 out of 1,000) had emergency bypass surgery.
  • Fewer than 1 out of 100 (2 out of 1,000) had a stroke.
  • Fewer than 1 out of 100 (1 out of 1,000) died.

These numbers about risks come from problems seen in patients in hospitals.

Current as of: April 29, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
John B. Wong MD - Internal Medicine
Caroline S. Rhoads MD - Internal Medicine

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