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

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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

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

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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