2633 Pacific Avenue, Stockton, CA 95204 | Phone: 209-944-5530 | Fax: 209-944-5990

Welcome to our health education library. The information shared below is provided to you as an educational and informational source only and is not intended to replace a medical examination or consultation, or medical advice given to you by a physician or medical professional.

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Coronary Stents

A stent is a small metal coil or mesh tube that is placed in a narrowed artery to hold it open, which helps improve blood flow to your heart. The stent also helps reduce the rate of restenosis (renarrowing) of the artery. Some stents slowly release medication over a period of time. This reduces the amount of scar tissue that forms inside the artery, helping to prevent restenosis.

Monitors let the doctor follow the catheter's progress during the procedure
Monitors let the doctor follow the catheter's progress during the procedure.

Blood flow improved
Blood flow improved
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Stent expanded.
During the Procedure

  • A stent, which comes mounted on a balloon-tipped catheter, is delivered to the blockage in your artery.

  • The balloon is then inflated, causing the stent to expand.

  • The expanded stent further compresses the plaque against the arterial wall, increasing the blood flow to the heart muscle.

After the Procedure

  • You may need to keep still, with your leg or arm straight, for 2-6  hours. How long depends partly on where the catheter was inserted and how the site was closed.

  • If the insertion site was in your groin, you may need to lie down with your leg still for several hours.

  • A nurse will check your blood pressure and the insertion site.

  • You may be asked to drink fluid to help flush the contrast liquid out of your system.

  • Have someone drive you home from the hospital.

  • It's normal to find a small bruise or lump at the insertion site. This should disappear within a few weeks.

When to Call Your Doctor

Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following:

  • Angina (a feeling of pain, pressure, aching, tingling, or burning in the chest, back, neck, throat, jaw, arms, or shoulders).

  • Increasing pain, swelling, redness, bleeding, or drainage at the insertion site

  • Severe pain, coldness, or a bluish color in the leg or arm that held the catheter

  • Shortness of breath

  • Difficulty urinating or blood in your urine

  • Fever over 101°F.

Publication Source: American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America

Publication Source: Food and Drug Administration

Publication Source: Society for Vascular Surgery

Online Source: American College of Radiology, Radiological Society of North America

Online Source: Food and Drug Administration

Online Source: Society for Vascular Surgery

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2005-12-04T00:00:00-07:00

To request an appointment, please call our cardiology office in Stockton, California at 209-944-5530 or use our online Appointment Request Form.

Testimonials

Dear Dr. Manshadi, "I wish to thank you for the work you have done to treat my poor heart. You identified the occlusion and did an excellent job in placing the stent. This occurred around coincidently with the birth of your baby boy but you put me at the top of your priorities and proceeded with treatment. Please accept my sincerest appreciation for your good work."
- M. Edwards, actual patient.

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