Cardiac Nutrition and Recipes: Eating, Cooking, and Living the Heart Healthy Way. Learn to Manage Your Heart Disease Through Diet, Exercise, and Lifestyle Changes & More!



//-->

 

Search Articles:
 

 Welcome!


 Heart Disease
- Wellness & Nutrition
- Heart Healthy Recipes

Board Review
- General Surgery Board Review
- ABSITE High Yield Review
- Surgery SHELF Exam Review
- CT Board Review
- CT Oral Board Review
- Cardiology Board Review

 Online Store
- Buy Books Online
- Eating for Healthy Heart
- Understanding Heart Disease
- High Blood Pressure & Stroke

 

 Contact Us
 About This Site

Nutrition Information Printer Friendly Version Send to a Friend

Angioplasty

by Pierre S Aoukar, MD and Hratch L Karamanoukian, MD
Posted: February 16


Procedure during which a catheter is inserted through the femoral or radial artery, guided to the coronary arteries to the site of a blockage and a balloon inflated to open the blockage. Most angioplasties done today also insert a stent—a cylindrical piece of mesh wire—that stays in the artery after the balloon is inflated. Stents have been shown to have better outcomes than balloon angioplasties alone. However, much research is now being done on drug-coated stents with excellent preliminary results. Drug-eluting stents are coated with a drug, such as rapamycin, which theoretically should keep the artery open for a longer period of time. Though the less invasive techniques of catheter-based medicine are definitively the future of cardiology, disease prevention will always prove to be better than treatment, so hold off on the sausage and eggs.

Reference:
Angioplasty, Introduction to Heart Disease, Excerpt from the book: Everything Good For The Heart: The A to Z Guide, Aoukar PS and Karamanoukian HL. Magalhaes Scientific Press

Date of Article Publication:
In Press

 


(c) by Dr. Freeman. All Rights Reserved. | Terms Of Use | Privacy Notice