Coronary Stents

Coronary Stents

Coronary arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle and can become narrowed due to a buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis). This can result in reduced blood flow and potential complications such as angina (chest pain) or heart attack. Coronary stents are small, mesh-like tubes used in interventional cardiology to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. Stents are designed to improve blood flow to the heart muscle by keeping the arteries open and preventing them from re-narrowing after procedures like angioplasty. 
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The Purpose & Benefits of Coronary Stents

Stents help restore and maintain optimal blood flow to the heart muscle. They help reduce symptoms such as chest pain and improve overall heart function. Drug-eluting stents, in particular, significantly reduce the risk of re-narrowing (restenosis) compared to bare metal stents, leading to better long-term outcomes.
Stent placement is a minimally invasive procedure compared to traditional open-heart surgery, resulting in shorter recovery times, reduced hospital stays, and less discomfort for patients. Different types of stents (bare metal, drug-eluting, bioabsorbable) allow for a tailored approach to each patient's specific condition, optimizing treatment outcomes.

Types of Coronary Stents

Bare metal stents consist of metal wires or struts without any special coatings. They are effective in restoring blood flow but have a higher risk of re-narrowing (restenosis) compared to newer types of stents. We mentioned these earlier: Drug-eluting stents are coated with medications that help prevent the re-narrowing of the artery. These medications (such as sirolimus, paclitaxel, or everolimus) are slowly released into the surrounding tissue, reducing the risk of restenosis.
Finally there are bioabsorbable stents. Also known as bioresorbable stents, these stents are designed to gradually dissolve and be absorbed by the body over time. They provide temporary support to the artery and may reduce the long-term risks associated with permanent metal stents.

Understanding the Procedure

The placement of a coronary stent is often part of a larger procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or angioplasty with stenting. The procedure typically unfolds as follows:

  • A thin, flexible tube called a catheter is inserted into an artery and guided to the blocked or narrowed coronary artery.
  • A specialized guidewire is then advanced through the catheter and positioned beyond the blockage in the coronary artery.
  • A balloon catheter with a deflated balloon is inserted over the guidewire and positioned at the site of the blockage.
  • The balloon is then inflated, compressing the plaque against the artery walls and widening the artery to restore blood flow.
  • Once the artery is widened, the stent, either bare metal or drug-eluting, is positioned and expanded using the same balloon catheter.
  • The stent remains in place to keep the artery open and maintain proper blood flow.

Whether you have existing stents or suspect you could use some, the professionals at Capitol Cardiology Associates are here to address any questions or concerns. Call or message us today to get in touch with a knowledgeable member of our team.

Coronary Stents

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