Climbing stairs is now no longer a tedious task for Mr Ong after his successful surgeryUnlike pulmonary endarterectomy which involves the surgical removal of the blood clots, balloon pulmonary angioplasty uses catheter to pass through the blood vessel and position a balloon device that is subsequently inflated to push the blood clots aside and restore blood flow. Patients who underwent the balloon pulmonary angioplasty option typically need to undergo the procedure a few times to completely treat their blockages. Patients who are deemed unsuitable for pulmonary endarterectomy and balloon pulmonary angioplasty will be offered medical therapy to prevent clot formation and lower their lung pressure.Due to the non-specific nature of symptoms and lack of awareness of the condition, many cases may go undiagnosed. It is important that we raise awareness of this condition so that more can be diagnosed and treated early,” said Assoc Prof Lim Soo Teik, Deputy Medical Director and Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology, NHCS.
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