Your doctor will be able to treat blockages in the coronary arteries using balloons and stents to stretch or widen the areas of blockage inside the coronary arteries and therefore restore adequate circulation through those arteries. Balloon angioplasty uses a small balloon with the shape of a sausage or small cylinder which is inflated inside the coronary artery at the site of the blockage. A stent procedure is similar in many ways to the angioplasty, but in addition to a balloon being inflated at the site of the blockage, a small slotted metal tube or “mesh” of very thin metal is deployed at the site of the blockage to allow better support of the arterial wall and prevent recoiling or re-narrowing of the vessel.
What to Expect
The Angioplasty or stent placement is done with sedation and the patient will need a ride home.