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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 The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.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.
Increased risk associated with combining carotid artery, coronary artery surgeries

Increased risk associated with combining carotid artery, coronary artery surgeries

Increased risk associated with combining carotid artery, coronary artery surgeries

Increased risk associated with combining carotid artery, coronary artery surgeries

Antibiotic treatment does not reduce risk of secondary cardiac events

Antibiotic treatment does not reduce risk of secondary cardiac events

Women respond as well as men to treatment with drug-eluting stents

Women respond as well as men to treatment with drug-eluting stents

Women with heart attacks benefit from stenting

Women with heart attacks benefit from stenting

Women with heart attacks benefit from stenting

Women with heart attacks benefit from stenting

Modest triglyceride elevations linked to coronary artery disease risk

Modest triglyceride elevations linked to coronary artery disease risk

Gene therapy shows effect in heart patients

Gene therapy shows effect in heart patients

Study shows connection of varicose veins to chronic pelvic pain

Study shows connection of varicose veins to chronic pelvic pain

Stent graft outperforms balloon angioplasty

Stent graft outperforms balloon angioplasty

Airway inflammation boosts infarction damage

Airway inflammation boosts infarction damage

First patient to test new treatment for peripheral arterial disease

First patient to test new treatment for peripheral arterial disease

Drug therapy may be comparable to invasive cardiac procedures for elderly patients with heart attack

Drug therapy may be comparable to invasive cardiac procedures for elderly patients with heart attack

Blacks less likely to get expensive, newer heart treatments

Blacks less likely to get expensive, newer heart treatments

Health care report cards may increase racial/ethnic disparities in bypass operations

Health care report cards may increase racial/ethnic disparities in bypass operations

Blood clotting combo saves heart patients lives

Blood clotting combo saves heart patients lives

Pet scanning could cut use of angiograms and bypass surgery, as well as patient costs

Pet scanning could cut use of angiograms and bypass surgery, as well as patient costs

Study finds potential link to help find blocked heart arteries

Study finds potential link to help find blocked heart arteries

Drug eluting stents as effective as vascular brachytherapy in preventing restenosis

Drug eluting stents as effective as vascular brachytherapy in preventing restenosis

Use of cilostazol, clopidogrel and aspirin results in a significant reduction of thrombotic complications in the prevention of heart attacks

Use of cilostazol, clopidogrel and aspirin results in a significant reduction of thrombotic complications in the prevention of heart attacks