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 The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.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

Study finds higher rates of heart attack treatment in polluted areas and during winter

Study finds higher rates of heart attack treatment in polluted areas and during winter

Patients have higher risk of heart problems when insurance companies reject their prescriptions

Patients have higher risk of heart problems when insurance companies reject their prescriptions

Cardiac arrest survivor meets four Good Samaritans who saved his life one year after recovery

Cardiac arrest survivor meets four Good Samaritans who saved his life one year after recovery

Researchers identify genetic factor linked to development of diabetic peripheral neuropathy

Researchers identify genetic factor linked to development of diabetic peripheral neuropathy

EU-funded researchers develop new therapeutic strategy for atherosclerosis

EU-funded researchers develop new therapeutic strategy for atherosclerosis

Researchers examine effects of prediabetes on cardiac risk of patients with CAD

Researchers examine effects of prediabetes on cardiac risk of patients with CAD

Researchers examine coatings of drug-coated balloon catheters at microscopic levels

Researchers examine coatings of drug-coated balloon catheters at microscopic levels

Study shows significant mortality benefit with CABG over percutaneous coronary intervention

Study shows significant mortality benefit with CABG over percutaneous coronary intervention

New drug minimizes damage after a heart attack by 60 percent

New drug minimizes damage after a heart attack by 60 percent

Opening blocked arteries may be lifesaver for older heart attack patients

Opening blocked arteries may be lifesaver for older heart attack patients

FDA approves Intact Vascular’s Tack Endovascular System

FDA approves Intact Vascular’s Tack Endovascular System

2019 guidelines for management of patients with atrial fibrillation

2019 guidelines for management of patients with atrial fibrillation

First international consensus on the diagnosis and management of fibromuscular dysplasia

First international consensus on the diagnosis and management of fibromuscular dysplasia