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

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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How exactly is a heart stent implanted?

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. Read more...

Why am I experiencing pain after heart stent?

There is a . Possiblity that you are having closure of your stent. You should not be stoping your Plavix (clopidogrel) without discussions with your physician. You should see your doctor asap. Read more...

I want to know what's the purpose of a heart stent?

Stent. A coronary artery stent is a device inserted into a coronary artery to help hold the blood vessel open so that it doesn't re close after it is opened by a balloon. Read more...

What is the definition or description of: heart stent?

Expand. steel tube.. A heart stent is a small, 2.25-4.5 mm diameter (when expanded) stainless steel tube. The walls are cut with a laser, into varying patterns due to patent designs. They are compressed onto a balloon catheter that is advanced over a very small wire, (0.014" diam.) to the site of blockage, then the balloon is inflated with liquid, deploying the stent, at pressures up to 10-20 psi. It won't move. Read more...
Metal lattice . A stent is a metal tube type lattice placed into a artery collapsed and deployed in an open position to hold the plaque and artery open. A geary stent is one placed into an artery in the heart. Read more...

Angiogram and heart stent the same thing?

Not necessarily . An angiogram is the diagnostic test used to see blockages within an artery (or vein). This is done by injecting contrast dye in the vessels and taking pictures. Once a significant blockage is found then it may be treated with a balloon or stent. Read more...
No. They are often performed at the same time, but the angiogram is much safer, just injecting liquid dye into the artery (a diagnostic procedure). The stent is a therapeutic procedure that is higher risk of complications (death, bleeding, heart attack, and stroke). Read more...

Is cpr safe on someone with a heart stent?

Probably. Anyone needing CPR is in a life and death situation which requires whatever means necessary to save that person. Damaging an indwelling stent is not likely, but anything is possible, and can be repaired if the individual survives. Read more...

Why is heart stent made from stainless steel?

Steel stents. They are made of a number of different materials, most notably nitinol, not just steel. There are even dissolveable stents currently under developement. Read more...
To prevent body from. Reacting to it. Stainless steel is inert, and won't provoke a rejection response. Actually, most modern day stents are now made of an alloy containing platinum and chromium. Read more...

Which ny hospital has the best record for heart stent implenmentation?

Not sure. I don't live near ny so i can't speak for individual hospitals, but your experience is only as good as the cardiologist performing the stent. I would use the "who would you go to if it was your family" approach if you know people within the medical community. Read more...
No such thing. As a practicing cardiologist in the nyc area, i can answer from personal experience. At each major hospital, there are both extremely talented interventional cardiologists (those who implant stents), as well as plenty who leave much to be desired. You should not look for a specific "heart hospital", but rather a doc who others tell you can be trusted to treat each patient like his own family. Read more...