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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 The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.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.
Researchers develop better options to treat peripheral artery disease

Researchers develop better options to treat peripheral artery disease

Drug coated balloons are as good as stent implants for treating small blocked arteries

Drug coated balloons are as good as stent implants for treating small blocked arteries

Restoring blood flow may be linked to longer survival in patients with critical limb ischemia

Restoring blood flow may be linked to longer survival in patients with critical limb ischemia

FDA grants marketing authorization for use of two catheter-based devices in hemodialysis patients

FDA grants marketing authorization for use of two catheter-based devices in hemodialysis patients

Patients diagnosed with high-sensitivity troponin test have lower risk of future heart attack

Patients diagnosed with high-sensitivity troponin test have lower risk of future heart attack

Genetic testing could help guide blood-thinner treatment after stent placement

Genetic testing could help guide blood-thinner treatment after stent placement

Patients given six-month dual antiplatelet therapy have increased heart attack risk

Patients given six-month dual antiplatelet therapy have increased heart attack risk

Four-step heart attack protocol can improve outcomes and reduce gender disparities in care

Four-step heart attack protocol can improve outcomes and reduce gender disparities in care

Technology-based program increases cardiac rehab referral rates

Technology-based program increases cardiac rehab referral rates

Cardiologists succeed in localized cooling of the heart to limit damage from heart attack

Cardiologists succeed in localized cooling of the heart to limit damage from heart attack

New article demonstrates potential, feasibility of PlaqueTec Liquid Biopsy System to detect biomarkers for CAD

New article demonstrates potential, feasibility of PlaqueTec Liquid Biopsy System to detect biomarkers for CAD

New long-term analysis at heart attack care in America shows more survival and spending

New long-term analysis at heart attack care in America shows more survival and spending

Heart attack linked to increased risk of developing vascular dementia

Heart attack linked to increased risk of developing vascular dementia

Recommendations to prevent heart failure hospitalizations

Recommendations to prevent heart failure hospitalizations

ORBITA trial on heart stents for stable angina indicates placebo effect potential

ORBITA trial on heart stents for stable angina indicates placebo effect potential

Stents implanted in the coronary blood vessels may not provide extra benefit

Stents implanted in the coronary blood vessels may not provide extra benefit

Surgeries performed later in the day linked to increased risk of complications

Surgeries performed later in the day linked to increased risk of complications

Biomaterial-mediated growth factor delivery can restore perfusion of blood vessels in animal models

Biomaterial-mediated growth factor delivery can restore perfusion of blood vessels in animal models

'Open gym' format reduces cardiac rehabilitation wait times, study reports

'Open gym' format reduces cardiac rehabilitation wait times, study reports

Pre-hospital antiplatelet therapy offers no advantages for heart attack patients, study suggests

Pre-hospital antiplatelet therapy offers no advantages for heart attack patients, study suggests