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How exactly is a heart stent implanted?

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Dr. Payam Mehranpour
Cardiology 23 years experience
Balloon: The stent is delivered through a catheter (small tube) to the coronary artery. The stent is delivered on a balloon which is put in position, balloon inflated, stent deployed, balloon deflated and the stent remains.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

How is a heart stent implanted? Do they go in through your leg?

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Dr. Liviu Klein
Cardiology 23 years experience
Stent: Coronary stent placement is done percutaneously (i.e. Through a small puncture in the groin or wrist) via an artery, and deploys a small tube/ mesh (the stent) in the blood vessels of the heart, in order to open up a blockage and keep that area open. It stays in your body indefinitely. Some stents are uncoated (bare metal), some are coated with medications in order to prevent further blockage.

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