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A coronary 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 (narrowing) 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.
Dignity Health Heart and Vascular Institute of Greater Sacramento is a leader in interventional cardiology care. Our cardiologists use the latest digital technology and minimally invasive tools.
Stents are used to treat cardiology conditions caused by narrow or blocked arteries. If you undergo coronary angioplasty, your heart doctor will use stents. Here's how coronary stents are used:
After any coronary procedure that involves placing stents in your body:
Once home, call your heart doctor right away if you have any of the following: