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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 The balloon is then deflated and the catheter is withdrawn.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.
Study raises important questions about the use of drugs that promote or prevent angiogenesis

Study raises important questions about the use of drugs that promote or prevent angiogenesis

Coronary angioplasty within 24 hours of medical therapy could improve the outcome for heart-attack patients

Coronary angioplasty within 24 hours of medical therapy could improve the outcome for heart-attack patients

Moderate alcohol consumption cuts rate of further narrowing after heart surgery

Moderate alcohol consumption cuts rate of further narrowing after heart surgery

Spouses' emotions can effect psychological recovery after a heart attack or angioplasty

Spouses' emotions can effect psychological recovery after a heart attack or angioplasty

FDA approves stent that treats blockages in the main blood vessel leading to the brain

FDA approves stent that treats blockages in the main blood vessel leading to the brain

Cardiac rehabilitation improves survival rates by 50%

Cardiac rehabilitation improves survival rates by 50%

Surgery for angina in the elderly provides long-term mortality

Surgery for angina in the elderly provides long-term mortality

Early cholesterol-lowering drug therapy reduces artery-clogging plaque

Early cholesterol-lowering drug therapy reduces artery-clogging plaque

Drug developers should take a different approach to snake venom and heart medications

Drug developers should take a different approach to snake venom and heart medications

Drug-eluting stents (DES), increasingly used in coronary angioplasty, have benefits over bare-metal stents

Drug-eluting stents (DES), increasingly used in coronary angioplasty, have benefits over bare-metal stents

FDA has granted orphan drug designation to Myogen's ambrisentan, for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

FDA has granted orphan drug designation to Myogen's ambrisentan, for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension

Smart gene therapy might effectively prevent the organ damage commonly suffered by heart attack victims

Smart gene therapy might effectively prevent the organ damage commonly suffered by heart attack victims

Radial artery appears to be a safe alternative to femoral artery for catheter procedures

Radial artery appears to be a safe alternative to femoral artery for catheter procedures

Left atrium neasurements may predict future for heart attack patients

Left atrium neasurements may predict future for heart attack patients

Updated guidelines for treatment of blood cholesterol

Updated guidelines for treatment of blood cholesterol

Evidence is emerging that adult stem cells from bone marrow have therapeutic potential for restoring cardiac cells

Evidence is emerging that adult stem cells from bone marrow have therapeutic potential for restoring cardiac cells

Repeating balloon angioplasty and/or stenting procedures in elderly patients add more than $700 million a year to Medicare expenses

Repeating balloon angioplasty and/or stenting procedures in elderly patients add more than $700 million a year to Medicare expenses

Stents designed with thinner and fewer linkages may be the basis of a new generation of stents

Stents designed with thinner and fewer linkages may be the basis of a new generation of stents

Innovative type of brain scan can determine where blockages of blood to the brain lie

Innovative type of brain scan can determine where blockages of blood to the brain lie

Stent methodologies for treating occluded arteries

Stent methodologies for treating occluded arteries