The coronary arteries supply blood and oxygen to the heart muscle. If a plaque (often a fatty substance) builds up inside an artery, it can reduce the blood flow to your heart. This is called coronary heart disease. Sometimes the plaque also causes a blood clot that can block completely the artery, which may lead to a heart attack. It can lead to permanent damage if not treated quickly. Symptoms include chest pain or discomfort; shortness of breath; pain or discomfort in the jaw, neck, back, arm, or shoulder; feeling nauseous, light-headed, or unusually tired.
One of the treatments is the implantation of a cardiac stent. A stent is a tiny mesh tube, usually made of metal. It can help save your life by opening up the blocked artery and holding it open to promote blood flow.
To put a stent in, your doctor makes a small cut in a blood vessel in your groin, or in your arm. They then thread a thin tube called a catheter through the blood vessel to the blocked artery. The tube has a tiny balloon at the end of it. When the balloon is inflated, the artery widens, and blood can flow through it again. They then place the stent inside your artery through the same route.
Once the stent has been implanted, you will need to take blood-thinning medication to help with healing.
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Soon, in this section, we will propose to guide you to find the answer to some of your first questions about your stent.
For more information and in the event of complications, you need to contact your doctor.