New Thinking About Stenting After a Heart Attack

Should all narrowed arteries in the heart be scented at the time of a heart attack? The approach to this issue has changed


When someone is having a heart attack, opening the blocked (“culprit”) artery with a balloon catheter and inserting a stent is standard protocol. The procedure saves lives by restoring blood flow, but it does not stop atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease from progressing. Up to 50% of heart-attack patients have one or more additional coronary arteries with significant plaque buildup.

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