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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 The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.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.
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

Extreme endurance exercise can increase risk of cardiovascular events

Extreme endurance exercise can increase risk of cardiovascular events

Mayo Clinic study evaluates trends in risk profiles, patient outcomes for coronary revascularization

Mayo Clinic study evaluates trends in risk profiles, patient outcomes for coronary revascularization

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Democrats roll dice on SCOTUS and the ACA

KHN’s ‘What the Health?’: Democrats roll dice on SCOTUS and the ACA

Study: Most patients do not understand or recall information they receive before heart procedures

Study: Most patients do not understand or recall information they receive before heart procedures

New mathematical model can predict risk of kidney injury after common heart procedure

New mathematical model can predict risk of kidney injury after common heart procedure

Paclitaxel-coated devices used for widening blocked arteries not linked to increased mortality

Paclitaxel-coated devices used for widening blocked arteries not linked to increased mortality

IDEAL LM study: Biodegradable polymer everolimus-eluting stent safe and effective for patients undergoing PCI

IDEAL LM study: Biodegradable polymer everolimus-eluting stent safe and effective for patients undergoing PCI

SCAI's new shock classification scheme used to analyze patients in cardiac intensive care unit

SCAI's new shock classification scheme used to analyze patients in cardiac intensive care unit

Exposure to 9/11 WTC dust associated with increased risk of heart disease in NYC firefighters

Exposure to 9/11 WTC dust associated with increased risk of heart disease in NYC firefighters

High-risk patients may benefit from early ICD implantation after primary coronary intervention

High-risk patients may benefit from early ICD implantation after primary coronary intervention

Microbes linked to heart attacks finds study

Microbes linked to heart attacks finds study

Study shows microRNA can protect the heart from reperfusion injury

Study shows microRNA can protect the heart from reperfusion injury