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Angiography and angioplasty: unveiling their roles in coronary artery disease

Published 2 Febuary 2024  Reviewed by: Oriol Rodriguez, MD When navigating cardiac health, it is important to understand the many methods of testing and treatment available. A variety of complicated procedures may be used to diagnose and treat coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies, heart failure or other cardiovascular problems. This article will discuss the difference between angioplasty and angiography, and highlight how they are related. It will also describe the processes of coronary angiography, coronary angioplasty, and coronary stenting, and provide necessary information for patients undergoing these procedures.   Angiograms and …
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Non-invasive Alternatives to Angiography: The Main Benefits

Currently, in today’s technology landscape, there is no easy way to ensure that a stent is functioning properly without resorting to an invasive procedure, the coronary angiography. To learn more about coronary angiography check out our previous article here. This procedure is not only costly but could also pose risks to the patient. That is why the medical community is eager to incorporate new technologies that offer non-invasive stent monitoring. This article will describe the current methods for diagnosing coronary stent malfunctions and highlight their main advantages and limitations. What …

Diagnosis of Coronary Ischemia – When to Consider an Angiography?

Can angiography be avoided? Alternative Diagnostic Methods Angiography has become one of the most important medical discoveries due to its ability to diagnose and investigate numerous problems affecting blood vessels, including coronary artery disease. Since this is the only method currently used to determine if a stent is needed or if a pre-placed stent is in restenosis, alternative diagnostic methods are being looked into to reduce risks and costs.  What is Angiography? Angiography is a diagnostic procedure that uses imaging to show how blood flows through blood vessels or the …

Post Coronary Stent Care: Understanding the Do’s and Don’ts

Navigating the path to recovery after a cardiac procedure can be overwhelming. With the introduction of coronary stents, many patients have found relief from blocked arteries, but the journey doesn’t end there. Proper post-operative care is crucial to ensure the longevity of the stent and to maintain optimal health. This article delves into the complexity of coronary stents, offering insights into their function and the essentials for post-coronary stent care. What are the Coronary Stents? The arteries that feed the heart are called coronary arteries. Human beings have three main …

Recovery After a Heart Attack and Stents: A Comprehensive Guide

Recovery after a heart attack can vary from person to person, however with proper lifestyle changes and proper medical care, many individuals can live healthily.  After a heart attack, a stent is placed to restore the flow of blood to the heart muscle. This process happens right away allowing immediate restoration of blood flow. A stent also prevents recurrent blockages. The stent keeps the artery open, reducing the risk of the artery re-blocking with plaque. This is one of the most important effects in recovery after a heart attack because […]

How long to monitor a stent after placement?

Introduction There are several compelling rationales for the post-placement monitoring of a stent, all of which are fundamentally centered on ensuring patient safety. The recommended follow-up of patient care, as described in the National Medical Journal, includes a series of ambulatory tests that take place within one week as the post-interventional follow-up procedure. These tests include: Physical examination (particularly of the heart, lungs, and puncture site) 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG) at rest Blood pressure measurement Routine laboratory tests (electrolytes, complete blood count, liver, and renal function) Foremost, among these considerations is …

Symptoms of a stent failure – Key Insights

Published 21 September 2023 Reviewed by: Oriol Rodriguez, MD Interventional Cardiology What are stents? Stents are a widely used medical device used in modern medicine and have revolutionized the treatment of various cardiovascular and non-cardiovascular conditions. The stent purpose is most common in the cardiovascular system, notably in the coronary arteries. Coronary stents re-open and support blocked arteries during an angioplasty to help improve blood flow to the heart muscle and reduce the risk of a heart attack. After its implantation, monitoring the stent is essential to the patient’s health, …