What is a Stent

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Percutaneous Transluminal Coronary Angioplasty : Srent is a device installed when blood or lymphatic fluids from lack of smooth cirulation. STENT
 
  • STENT
    A device to help the smooth circulation of blood through the coron-
    ary artery, fine mesh made of metal (stainless steel/cobalt alloy),
    and permanently inserted inside the artery using a balloon catheter,
    to eliminate plaque and restore blood circulation.
  • STENT PROCEDURE
    A balloon catheter is used to expand the stent inside the artery, for
    permanent placement there in maintaining blood vessel shape for
    smooth circulation. Holds less risk than coronary artery bypass
    graft surgery (CABG), for patients to be released from the hospital
    the day after the procedure, and much shorter required period of
    recovery relative to the CABG. Most patients do not require gene-
    ral anesthesia, with only rare occurrences of serious complications,
    and is thereby the preferred surgical procedure.
AFTER THE PROCEDURE
Usually patients can return to everyday activities about one week the
stent procedure. About 2~6 hours after the surgical procedure, patients
can walk around. After hospital discharge take sufficient rest, avoid lifting
heavy objects or strenuous exercise within the first 24 hours, and refrain
from smoking. If the catheter insertion area has bleeding, color change,
or there is continual chest pain, return to the hospital for a visit.
CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE
Coronary artery disease is plague accumulation inside the artery, compris-
ed of fat, cholesterol, and calcium, to narrow the vessel from supplying
blood circulation to the heart muscles, causing angina pectoris and heart
attack, resulting in death in severe cases.
  • Risk Factors
  • Smoking, Hypertension, Hyperlipidemia, Diabetes, Obesity,
    Age (Men>45yrs, Women>55 yrs)
  • Sympltoms
  • Chest Pain, Shortness of breath, Severe tiredness, Swollen feet,
    Shoulder &arms pain
  • Treatment
  • Thrombolysis, Chelation therapy, Interventional cardiac catheter-
    ization, CABG, Stents, etc.