Does angioplasty help treat atherosclerosis?

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Anthony L. Komaroff, MD
Internal Medicine
Angioplasty does not solve the underlying problem of atherosclerosis. The procedure may open one or more narrowed arteries, but it is likely that atherosclerotic plaques lurk elsewhere. Even after people undergo angioplasty, they still have to take other steps to reduce their risk for heart attack, such as eating better, getting more exercise, and taking medications as prescribed.