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Heart stent

A stent is a tiny wire mesh tube used to prop open an artery permanently. An artery often becomes narrow due to a buildup of plaque, leading to reduced blood flow and chest pain. If a clot forms around the plaque buildup, the artery can become completely blocked and lead to a heart attack.

Heart stents are the solution to this problem, keeping arteries held open and reducing the risk of stroke. The process of placing a stent is called angioplasty, in which a catheter is inserted to place the stent in the heart, neck, or legs—wherever the clogged artery is.

Benefits of a heart stent

  • Improves blood flow
  • Reduces symptoms of heart disease
  • May eliminate the need for coronary bypass surgery
  • Less invasive
  • Shorter recovery time

Heart stent risk factors

Types of heart stents

  • A bare-metal stent is thin, mesh-like wiring used in patients who might be allergic to the drug coating.
  • A drug-eluting stent is coated with medication that reduces the risk of the artery becoming blocked again.

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