Know Your Best Options When You’re Facing Restenosis

Good blood flow throughout the body is important. That’s why stenosis, or narrow blood vessels, is a problem. Unfortunately, this problem can happen again. That’s when it becomes restenosis. Balloon angioplasty and stent placement help restore blood flow through previously blocked arteries, but some patients develop restenosis (re-narrowing) over time. Stephen Ellis, MD, Section Head of … Read More

When Your Heart Stents Narrow, Brachytherapy Can Help

Cardiac stents are an effective, nonsurgical way of holding a narrowed or blocked artery open to increase blood flow to the heart in people with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, up to 15 percent of people who receive even the most modern type of stents — called drug-eluting stents — will experience restenosis, or re-narrowing … Read More

Improving Your Heart’s Blood Flow Without Surgery (Video)

If you have coronary artery disease or CAD, and medications or lifestyle changes haven’t done enough to improve blood flow to your heart, your cardiologist may recommend angioplasty or stenting. Both of these non-surgical and interventional procedures help to open blocked arteries.   “Train track” leads balloon or stent to blocked artery Both procedures use … Read More

Crucial Questions to Ask Before Angioplasty

It’s likely that you have a lot of questions if your cardiologist has told you that you need a heart catheterization or angioplasty.  These nonsurgical treatments are used to open narrowed coronary arteries and relieve chest pain. Many times the procedure involves placing a metal mesh tube called a “stent” to improve blood flow to your heart. It is important … Read More

Unclogging Blocked Arteries Via the Wrist

Angioplasty, a nonsurgical treatment used to open narrowed coronary arteries to improve blood flow to the heart, traditionally has been done through femoral (leg) artery access in the patient’s groin area. During the past several years, interventional cardiologists at Cleveland Clinic’s Miller Family Heart & Vascular Institute also have begun offering another option: Using the … Read More

New CAD Tips Tout Teamwork

Coronary artery disease is huge. It affects millions of people. Anything impacting the treatment of CAD is also going to be huge. Like the new diagnosis and treatment guidelines from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and American Heart Association. These guidelines have everyone’s attention. Why? Because of what they recommend. The coronary arteries deliver … Read More

PCI Safe for Both Sexes

 The sexes are not equal. At least not in heart care. There has been a revolution in the understanding of women’s heart health over the past 20 years. Today we know that what goes for one sex in heart disease doesn’t necessarily hold for the other. That’s why it’s good to learn that a new … Read More

When Time is Muscle

If you’re having a heart attack you need to get to a hospital, fast. And not just any hospital. A hospital that can give you an emergency angioplasty. Heart attacks are caused by blockages of the coronary arteries. An angioplasty snakes a little balloon up through your blood vessels and inflates it at the site … Read More