Who's most at risk?
Several factors increase your risk of experiencing these complications. These include:
- your age – the older you are, the higher the risk
- whether the procedure was planned (for angina), or is emergency treatment for or after a heart attack – emergency treatment is always riskier because there's less time to plan it and the patient is already unwell
- whether you have kidney disease – the contrast agent used during an angioplasty can occasionally cause further damage to the kidneys
- whether more than 1 coronary artery has become blocked – this is known as multi-vessel disease
- whether you have a history of serious heart disease, including heart failure
Your cardiology team can give you more information about your individual circumstances and level of risk.