The Latest Word on Stenting

Advances in technique and technology have made stenting a safe, effective option for relieving chest pain and preventing a heart attack.

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Using a balloon-tipped catheter to open a narrowed artery (balloon angioplasty) revolutionized the treatment of advanced coronary artery disease by providing a less-invasive alternative to coronary artery bypass grafting. But it was stents—small wire cages that hold the artery open—that allowed angioplasty to become a viable procedure. Today, about 480,000 individuals undergo angioplasty and stenting every […]
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