Coronary stents are an important treatment modality
Know how they work.
Heart stents are small, wire, mesh tubes that help widen a clogged artery and restore adequate blood flow to the heart. During the procedure, the cardiologist will place the stent over a thin, long tube with a balloon tip called a catheter and insert it into an artery in your groin or arm.
Once the stent reaches the clogged artery, your doctor will inflate the balloon to expand the stent. When the stent reachesthe desired size to widen the clogged artery, your doctor will deflate and remove the balloon.
The stent will stay in place permanently to help prop open the artery and decrease its chance of narrowing again. Over time, the innerlining of the artery will grow over the surface of the stent, making it a permanent part of your artery.
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