Blockages in your blood vessels can lead to a heart attack and permanent heart damage. To reduce your risk of suffering these complications, the team at Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC in Port Arthur, Texas, uses stents to keep your blood flowing. The surgeons specialize in angioplasty procedures to place stents, so your blood vessels can stay open. If you have blood clots or other risk factors for a heart attack, call Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC today to learn more about the benefits of stents. You can also book an appointment online.
A stent is a thin, stainless-steel mesh tube that goes into the wall of your artery during an angioplasty procedure.
The stent keeps the vessel open, so blood can flow through properly. Stents can reduce your risk of developing blood clots that can form in your coronary artery. This major vessel supplies blood to your heart.
Stents can also be inserted into the blood vessels of your leg to improve blood circulation. Leg stents can also prevent blood clots, varicose veins, and other side effects of poor circulation.
Your doctor will consider stents as a possible treatment if you have narrowing or blockages in your arteries. The Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC team could recommend stent placement if you have:
You might need stents to prevent an aneurysm in your abdomen. An aneurysm is a weak spot, often a bulge, in the wall of an artery that can rupture and lead to a life-threatening emergency.
Stents are also a treatment for heart attacks. The team can place the stents during emergency surgery to quickly open a blocked artery and reduce damage to your heart.
If you need stents to treat or prevent a heart or vascular condition, the surgeons at Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC insert them using an angioplasty.
During the angioplasty, they insert a small, thin catheter tube into the blocked blood vessel. A tiny balloon is attached to the catheter. The surgeon inflates the balloon to widen the vessel and create space to place the stent.
Once the stent is in position, it remains in your blood vessel to support efficient blood circulation. Many stents have a coating of medication to help keep your artery open.
After your surgery is done, you should expect to spend a night in the hospital, so the team can monitor your heart function and make adjustments to your medications. You may need a week of downtime after your angioplasty to rest before you resume your usual activities.
Call Gulf Coast Cardiology Group PLLC to schedule a diagnostic evaluation or book an appointment online today to find out if you’re a candidate for stents.