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Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty (PTCA)

Is usually performed in order to open a blocked coronary artery which is usually caused by coronary artery disease (CAD).  It is also done to restore arterial blood flow to the heart tissue without open-heart surgery.

Remember for the NCLEX that a special catheter (long hollow tube) is inserted into the coronary artery to be treated.

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