Angioplasty is a cardio-surgical procedure done to open coronary arteries that have been blocked or narrowed. The procedure was first used in 1977 and continues to be a preferred treatment for symptoms of coronary artery disease, like angina. An angioplasty may also be performed to reduce damage resulting from a heart attack.
The procedure has a high success rate for relieving angina, but is often prohibitively expensive in the United States. Many patients who need the potentially life-saving procedure cannot afford the $13,000 price tag in the US. Luckily, these patients can receive the care they need at a fraction of the cost in medical tourism destinations like Costa Rica, Jordan, India or Thailand. In these countries, the procedure costs an average of just $3,000 to $8,000.