Coronary Artery Stenting Baytown
A Coronary Stent is a small expandable tube-shaped device used to open narrowed coronary arteries that have interrupted blood and oxygen supply to the muscle of the heart.
What is Coronary Artery Disease?
Coronary arteries are like small pipes and coronary artery disease (CAD) happens when these arteries become much more narrow due to fatty material or plaque build up inside. Over the years, as the plaque build-up continues, significant blockage of the artery (70 percent or more) can develop. This may cause chest pain, known as ‘Angina’.
Coronary Artery Stenting Procedure
A minimally invasive stenting procedure may be performed to open up narrowed arteries. It does not require general anesthesia.
To begin this procedure, an angiogram is performed to visualize narrowed arteries. A needle is placed in an artery and a guidewire is inserted followed by a catheter which is advanced to a coronary artery. Contrast dye is then injected through the catheter. X-ray movies are taken to reveal the position and severity of the narrowed area.
Following the angiogram, another guidewire is passed to the site of narrowing. A deflated balloon catheter is inserted over the guidewire. The balloon is inflated to open the narrowed artery and restore blood flow. This is called a balloon angioplasty.
To keep the artery open after the balloon angioplasty a coronary stent is put in place. A balloon catheter with a collapsed stent is inserted and is inflated to open the stent. The wire and catheter are removed and the stent remains in place to keep the artery open.
Contact Our Office
The Houston Cardiovascular Institute proudly provides patients in Baytown, Mont Belvieu, and Dayton, TX, a safe place where they can get professional and personal care. Dr. Shehzad Sami is a multi-board-certified Cardiologist who will gladly walk you through the Coronary Artery Stenting procedure. Contact our office to schedule