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Balloon Angioplasty is a procedure to enlarge the opening in a blood vessel that has become narrowed or blocked by plaque (a buildup of fat and cholesterol on the inner wall of the blood vessel). A small balloon is filled with air inside the blood vessel to push the plaque against the blood vessel wall and increase the opening.
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

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

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

Coronary stents have no impact on mortality over the long term

Coronary stents have no impact on mortality over the long term

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

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

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

Moderate alcohol consumption cuts rate of further narrowing after heart surgery

Moderate alcohol consumption cuts rate of further narrowing after heart surgery

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

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

Stent methodologies for treating occluded arteries

Stent methodologies for treating occluded arteries

New stent appears safe and effective for preventing arteries from reclosing in coronary heart disease patients

New stent appears safe and effective for preventing arteries from reclosing in coronary heart disease patients

Bypass surgery results in better five-year survival than balloon angioplasty and stent procedures

Bypass surgery results in better five-year survival than balloon angioplasty and stent procedures