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Is angioplasty or getting a stent painful?

An angioplasty procedure generally does not cause much pain. Depending on the hospital at which you have your angioplasty procedure performed and your level of health, it usually requires only a one night stay at the hospital. In some instances, it is performed on an outpatient basis and does not require hospitalization. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive procedure done either through the wrist or the leg, where an interventional cardiologist threads a small tube called a catheter up to the heart to open the artery with a tiny balloon at the tip of the catheter. The only pain you might feel is when the doctor numbs the skin over the artery where the catheter is inserted or when the balloon is blown up and briefly blocks the blood supply to the heart. You will not feel the catheter moving through your blood vessels because the arteries have no nerve endings. Otherwise, it is a largely painless procedure

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