If coronary artery stenting is superior to angioplasty, why is it not used in every single case? Good question! If stents could be delivered to every lesion, and if it had the same good short and long term results in every case, it would be used in 100% cases of angioplasty. However, this is not the case. Stents are difficult to deliver across tight bends in blood vessels (particularly if they have a lot of calcium deposits in the wall) and are not usable in very small blood vessels. There are other types of technical considerations that also come into play. Today, it is estimated that stents are employed in nearly 50-75% of cases. Continue reading
A coronary stent is a tube placed in the coronary arteries that supply the heart, to keep the arteries open in the treatment of coronary heart disease. It is used in a procedure called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Stents reduce chest pain and have been shown to improve survivability in the event of an acute myocardial infarction. Continue reading
Cardiovascular diseases are one of the most common problems and causes of death worldwide. This encompasses the diseases of the heart and blood vessels. This is brought about by poor diet and unhealthy lifestyle. When the heart and the blood vessels are suffering, then the rest of the body systems are affected. This leads to much more organ system failures that might very well cause the patient’s death.