Cardiac stenting or angioplasty is a procedure where a small stent is placed in the artery to restore blood flow through a narrow, weak or blocked artery.
Cardiac stenting may be used to prevent an artery from bursting or to treat coronary heart disease.
Stents can be made of metal mesh or fabric. Fabric stents are called stent grafts. Stents that are coated with medicine to prevent an artery from being blocked again are called drug-eluting stents.
Heart conditions that can be treated with cardiac stenting include:
- Coronary heart disease (CHD)
- Carotid artery disease
- Abdominal or chest aortic aneurysms or tears
How are Cardiac Stents Placed?
Doctors place stents in arteries as part of a procedure called angioplasty. To place a stent, your doctor will make a small opening in a blood vessel in your groin, arm, or neck.
Through this opening, your doctor will place a thin, flexible tube called a catheter with a deflated balloon at its tip.
The stent is then placed around the deflated balloon. Your doctor will then move the tip of the catheter to the narrow or blocked section of the artery or to the aneurysm or aortic tear site to open up the narrow artery and improve blood flow.
For more information on angioplasty or cardiac stenting, call the Heart Center at Christian Hospital at 314.747.9355 or toll-free at 877.747.9355 or email us.