If three of your coronary arteries or your left main coronary artery are diseased, you’re better off with bypass surgery than with angioplasty and stenting. That’s what a 2017 study reveals. A Cleveland Clinic study author explains why.
Drug-coated balloons are the newest way to treat peripheral artery disease. Research shows they’re more effective than regular balloon angioplasty. But how do they compare to stents and other treatment options?
When individuals are seeking relief from the symptoms of chronic stable angina, in which exercise or stress can cause chest pain, they are faced with three options for treatment: medications, angioplasty and stent, or heart surgery. A new JAMA Internal Medicine study suggests that patients may not always get enough information from their doctors to … Read More
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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