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My angioplasty went without a hitch, although I was not anywehere near as sick as your brother. They caught mine before there was any heart damage.
The procedure is quite fast and, to be honest, I've been through worse. A dislocated elbow I had back when I was sixteen was far worse than going through angioplasty.
But it is very scary. They'll wrap his leg up in a big gauze cast and poke a huge hole in the femoral artery to run the catheter through. They'll put him into twilight sleep. Honestly the most painful part was the IV needle in the arm. I was aware of what was going on but felt no pain. The whole procedure only took about 45 minutes. They put four stints in four different places.
A couple of days rest and observation and they send you home. He'll have to take Plavix and some other blood thinners for a few weeks. And at the end he'll feel much better.
So just be there for him and let him know you're there. As for your STBXW, ignore her.