What the Procedure Does
A stent is a wire mesh tube used to prop open an artery during angioplasty. The stent stays in the artery permanently. View an animation of a stent(link opens in new window).
Coronary narrowings can form again within stents and are referred to as “restenosis.”
Reason for the Procedure
- Holds the artery open.
- Improves blood flow to the heart muscle.
- Relieves chest pain (angina).
Medications That Your Doctor May Prescribe Post-Procedure
Learn more about cardiac medications, including dual antiplatelet therapy, that you may need to take after your procedure to prevent complications and to put you on the path for the best recovery.