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In angioplasty procedures, a balloon is fed through a catheter and used to prop open an artery that has become narrowed or blocked. In cases where stenting is appropriate, a stent mounted on a balloon is inserted and inflation of the balloon expands the stent against the blocked artery wall to hold the vessel open. The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn. Stent treatment of arteries holds them open and improves blood flow to the heart. In cases where post-dilatation is needed, a high-pressure balloon is inflated inside a stent to help better place the stent against the vessel wall.
Women face greater risk for heart failure and heart attack death than men, study finds

Women face greater risk for heart failure and heart attack death than men, study finds

Combination of polypill and aspirin can reduce cardiovascular events by up to 40%

Combination of polypill and aspirin can reduce cardiovascular events by up to 40%

Short, one-month dual anti-platelet treatment is safe and effective after stent placement

Short, one-month dual anti-platelet treatment is safe and effective after stent placement

Potent antiplatelet drug not superior to standard of care in reducing heart attack risk during angioplasty

Potent antiplatelet drug not superior to standard of care in reducing heart attack risk during angioplasty

Omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce risk of cardiac events in elderly heart attack survivors

Omega-3 fatty acids did not reduce risk of cardiac events in elderly heart attack survivors

Serious health inequities exist for racial and ethnic minorities with heart problems

Serious health inequities exist for racial and ethnic minorities with heart problems

Ellipsys Vascular Access System reduces time for dialysis treatments

Ellipsys Vascular Access System reduces time for dialysis treatments

Personalized genetic testing helps reduce adverse events following balloon angioplasty

Personalized genetic testing helps reduce adverse events following balloon angioplasty

Ellipsys System can help create durable vascular access for end-stage renal disease

Ellipsys System can help create durable vascular access for end-stage renal disease

Peptide-derived nanoparticle drug shows promise for treating heart attack

Peptide-derived nanoparticle drug shows promise for treating heart attack

Women's risk for cardiovascular disease is lower than that of men

Women's risk for cardiovascular disease is lower than that of men

Dual-pathway approach can lead to better outcomes in patients with heart stents

Dual-pathway approach can lead to better outcomes in patients with heart stents

SCAI releases statement on performance of PCI in ambulatory surgical centers

SCAI releases statement on performance of PCI in ambulatory surgical centers

Precision medicine can determine the best drug treatment for severe heart disease

Precision medicine can determine the best drug treatment for severe heart disease

Newer therapies may benefit patients with type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease

Newer therapies may benefit patients with type 2 diabetes and coronary artery disease

People with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may benefit from newer therapies

People with type 2 diabetes and heart disease may benefit from newer therapies

Ticagrelor therapy, without aspirin, can benefit patients with acute coronary syndrome

Ticagrelor therapy, without aspirin, can benefit patients with acute coronary syndrome

Taking ticagrelor alone better for patients with complex heart disease

Taking ticagrelor alone better for patients with complex heart disease

10-year follow-up study shows safety, efficacy of stenting compared with bypass surgery

10-year follow-up study shows safety, efficacy of stenting compared with bypass surgery

Treatment with ticagrelor alone reduces adverse events in patients with diabetes

Treatment with ticagrelor alone reduces adverse events in patients with diabetes