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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 The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.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.
Use of the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel before a coronary angioplasty reduces risk of cardiovascular death

Use of the antiplatelet drug clopidogrel before a coronary angioplasty reduces risk of cardiovascular death

Medication before angiograph significantly reduces risk of heart attack

Medication before angiograph significantly reduces risk of heart attack

When it comes to heart bypass surgery, women twice as likely to die

When it comes to heart bypass surgery, women twice as likely to die

Coronary angioplasty increases risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Coronary angioplasty increases risk of developing Alzheimer's disease

Slower care for heart attack patients treated after hours and on weekends

Slower care for heart attack patients treated after hours and on weekends

Separate studies produce conflicting results on race and gender disparities in U.S. health system

Separate studies produce conflicting results on race and gender disparities in U.S. health system

Complications from angioplasty much lower among patients whose doctors perform a large number of those procedures each year

Complications from angioplasty much lower among patients whose doctors perform a large number of those procedures each year

Good quality of life for cardiogenic shock patients after emergency procedures

Good quality of life for cardiogenic shock patients after emergency procedures

Study focuses on peripheral arterial disease - availability of vascular surgeons impacts amputation rate

Study focuses on peripheral arterial disease - availability of vascular surgeons impacts amputation rate

Call for greater use of angiograms in Canada

Call for greater use of angiograms in Canada

Study finds better long-term outcomes when surgeons place a bypass graft to all the territories of the heart that have significantly blocked arteries

Study finds better long-term outcomes when surgeons place a bypass graft to all the territories of the heart that have significantly blocked arteries

Tight glucose control lowers CVD by about 50 percent in diabetes

Tight glucose control lowers CVD by about 50 percent in diabetes

New start-up to market test that predicts heart attack risk

New start-up to market test that predicts heart attack risk

Public report cards may affect angioplasty decisions

Public report cards may affect angioplasty decisions

New study shows that bypass surgery is more successful than stents in heart surgery

New study shows that bypass surgery is more successful than stents in heart surgery

Patients with metabolic syndrome and moderate calcium levels in the coronary arteries have greater chance of blocked arteries

Patients with metabolic syndrome and moderate calcium levels in the coronary arteries have greater chance of blocked arteries

Russian team tests new polymeric coating for vascular stents

Russian team tests new polymeric coating for vascular stents

New trend in treating heart disease in diabetics - angioplasty using the Cypher Sirolimus-eluting coronary stent

New trend in treating heart disease in diabetics - angioplasty using the Cypher Sirolimus-eluting coronary stent

Coronary artery stents that release medication appear more effective than traditional stents for patients with heart attack

Coronary artery stents that release medication appear more effective than traditional stents for patients with heart attack

Trial to evaluate modern stent technologies over balloon angioplasty for peripheral arterial disease

Trial to evaluate modern stent technologies over balloon angioplasty for peripheral arterial disease