When Valve Surgery Is Not an Option, Think TAVR

Many older patients with heavy calcium deposits on their heart’s aortic valve (a condition called aortic stenosis, or AS) are considered too high risk for valve replacement surgery. Today, these patients have an option in transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). TAVR is a method of inserting a new aortic valve within a damaged valve through … Read More

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

Restoring Circulation to Your Carotid Artery: 2 Options

If physicians find that you need a procedure to restore circulation to your carotid artery, here’s what you need to know. There are two options that are currently available: 1) carotid endarterectomy, which involves work directly on the carotid artery and 2) carotid stenting, an alternative for those who may not tolerate a carotid endarterectomy. … Read More

Researchers Study New Stent’s Pros, Cons

The introduction of stents helped restore blood flow to patients who had clogged arteries (atherosclerosis) – without surgery. Stephen G. Ellis, MD, Section Head of Invasive/Interventional Cardiology in Cleveland Clinic’s Robert and Suzanne Tomsich Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, is studying a new innovation in stenting called bioabsorbable scaffolds (stents). What are stents? Stents or scaffolds are … Read More

Stenting 101

On August 6, former President George W. Bush had a stent — a small metal mesh tube — inserted to open a blocked artery in his heart. Mr. Bush had a successful coronary interventional procedure after a blockage was discovered during his physical. He returned home the next day and was ready to return to … Read More

Surgery Over Stents for Patients With Complex Disease

A recent study has found that patients who have coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery have a lower overall composite risk for heart attack, stroke and death in the 4 years following the procedure compared with patients who undergo balloon angioplasty and/or stenting. These findings from the ASCERT study, which was presented at the Annual Meeting … Read More