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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 The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.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.
Artery clearing device does not provide benefit for heart attack patients undergoing artery-opening interventions

Artery clearing device does not provide benefit for heart attack patients undergoing artery-opening interventions

Growing evidence base supports focus on mind-body connection in heart disease

Growing evidence base supports focus on mind-body connection in heart disease

Nonsurgical microspheres an option for liver cancer patients

Nonsurgical microspheres an option for liver cancer patients

Call for faster action to improve NHS cardiac rehab services

Call for faster action to improve NHS cardiac rehab services

Gene therapy for heart patients with chest pains who do not benefit from other treatments

Gene therapy for heart patients with chest pains who do not benefit from other treatments

Medicine alone may not offer best quality of life for patients with moderate heart attack risk

Medicine alone may not offer best quality of life for patients with moderate heart attack risk

Angioplasty may replace bypass for more patients who are also receiving a new heart valve

Angioplasty may replace bypass for more patients who are also receiving a new heart valve

Adenosine Therapeutics awarded grant to develop drug eluting stents to prevent restenosis

Adenosine Therapeutics awarded grant to develop drug eluting stents to prevent restenosis

System helps physicians prevent radiation-induced skin injuries to patients

System helps physicians prevent radiation-induced skin injuries to patients

Startling new blood pressure findings - atherosclerosis slowed

Startling new blood pressure findings - atherosclerosis slowed

Sirolimus drug-coated stent causes less inflammation than bare metal stents

Sirolimus drug-coated stent causes less inflammation than bare metal stents

A new magnetic navigation system shows promise for use during percutaneous coronary interventions

A new magnetic navigation system shows promise for use during percutaneous coronary interventions

ACE inhibitors not needed for many heart disease patients

ACE inhibitors not needed for many heart disease patients

Coronary stents have no impact on mortality over the long term

Coronary stents have no impact on mortality over the long term

Landmark case challenges safety of Atkins diet

Landmark case challenges safety of Atkins diet

First hearing in the landmark lawsuit against Atkins Nutritionals

First hearing in the landmark lawsuit against Atkins Nutritionals

Rosiglitazone helps boost the effectiveness of a treatment for opening clogged arteries

Rosiglitazone helps boost the effectiveness of a treatment for opening clogged arteries

Early reports of thrombosis after insertion of drug-eluting stent

Early reports of thrombosis after insertion of drug-eluting stent

Researchers have developed a novel drug-antidote pair

Researchers have developed a novel drug-antidote pair

Biomarker called cystatin C predicts which people are less likely to survive a heart attack

Biomarker called cystatin C predicts which people are less likely to survive a heart attack