Angioplasty and Stenting
Angioplasty and stenting are two procedures that can help widen
narrowed arteries and restore good blood flow to the heart. If you have a heart
attack, these procedures could also save your life. At Wake Forest Baptist
Health Heart and Vascular Center, our team of experts provides quick,
effective delivery of angioplasty and stenting to treat heart attacks.
Emergency Angioplasty and Stenting in North Carolina
Wake Forest Baptist Health has been an accredited Chest Pain Center
since 2004. Physicians in our Emergency Department work quickly to identify
chest pain patients who will benefit from angioplasty and stenting so that
those patients can receive treatment quickly.
In fact, our Heart and Vascular Center exceeds national standards for treating
emergency chest pain with angioplasty. The American College of Cardiology
recommends that chest pain patients receive angioplasty no more than 90 minutes
from the time they arrive in the Emergency Department. At Wake Forest Baptist
Heart and Vascular Center, our “door to balloon” time is substantially shorter.
Treatments for Angina and Carotid Artery Disease at Wake Forest
Angina and carotid artery disease (CAD) are two common heart
- Angina is a
form of severe chest pain.
- Carotid artery disease (CAD) is a condition in which a substance called plaque builds up in
the arteries. This narrows the arteries and decreases blood flow.
If you have unexplained chest pain, talk to your doctor. You may be
able to prevent it from getting worse through healthy lifestyle changes or
medication. Learn more about heart
health at Wake Forest.
If your symptoms do not improve or you have sudden, severe pain that
needs emergency treatment, you may need more advanced treatment:
- Angioplasty: widens
blocked blood vessels
prevents future narrowing or blockage
Angioplasty and Stenting: What to Expect
interventional cardiologists and vascular surgeons perform these procedures in a dedicated cardiac
catheterization lab. Here, our heart team uses sophisticated tools and imaging
technology to provide advanced treatment for angina and CAD.
Angioplasty removes blockages in your arteries. Here’s
what you can expect:
- You will be awake for this procedure. We give you
medicine to make you feel comfortable.
- We insert a small needle into your groin or
- Using catheters (thin spaghetti-like tubes), we
access your arteries.
- Using a special dye to make your arteries visible
on live X-ray, our interventional cardiologist pinpoints the source of your
- We thread a catheter with a balloon through your
arteries to the blockage.
- We inflate and deflate the balloon several times,
pushing the blockage out of the way.
Stenting uses a tiny metal mesh tube (stent) to provide extra support to your artery wall
after angioplasty. Stenting also prevents future blockages from forming.
- Using the incision from your angioplasty, we thread
a catheter with a balloon through your artery.
- Once in place, we inflate the balloon with a strong
force of water, opening the stent and pushing it into place.
- We deflate and remove the balloon.
- Tiny holes in the stent allow your artery to grow
through and around it, permanently securing the stent in place.
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