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CACTO Summit 2012, in Apollo Hospitals
Shobana kamineni inaugrated the third live CACTO Summit 2012, that was organised by Apollo Hospitals, Hyderguda, Hyderabad.


Q.What Is a Coronary Angiogram?
Coronary Angiography is a terminology which many would be aware of but do not know what exactly it means. A coronary angiogram is a special X-ray test. It’s done to find out if your coronary arteries are clogged, where and by how much. Coronary Angiography provides answer with 100% accuracy with least risks.

Q. What is Coronary Angioplasty?
Coronary angioplasty is a procedure that opens blocked arteries and allows blood to flow to your heart muscle. Angioplasty is not surgery. It opens a clogged coronary artery by inflating a tiny balloon in it.

Q. What is a Stent?
A stent is a tiny wire mesh tube. It props open an artery and is left there permanently.

Q. What Are the Risks of Coronary Angioplasty?
Coronary angioplasty is a common medical procedure. Although angioplasty is normally safe, there is a small risk of serious complications, such as:

  • Bleeding from the blood vessel where the catheter was placed.
  • Damage to blood vessels from the catheter.
  • An allergic reaction to the dye given during the angioplasty.
  • An arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat).
  • The need for emergency coronary artery bypass grafting during the procedure (2–4    percent of people). This may occur when an artery closes down, instead of opening up.
  • Damage to the kidneys caused by the dye used.

Q. What precautions should be taken after a stent procedure?
Patients who’ve had a stent procedure must take one or more blood-thinning agents. Examples are aspirin and clopidogrel. These medications help reduce the risk of a blood clot developing in the stent and blocking the artery.

  • Aspirin is used indefinitely.
  • Clopidogrel is used for one to 12 months (or perhaps even longer) after the procedure (Depending on the type of stent).

Personal Experiences

This is a wonderful hospital. The doctors & support staff are very co-operative and amiable. The way in which medical treatment is rendered at Apollo with a humane touch is extremely praiseworthy "