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 & Vascular Center, our team of experts provides quick, effective delivery of these treatments. 

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 & 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 & 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 conditions: 

  • 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 
  • Stenting: prevents future narrowing or blockage 

Angioplasty and Stenting: What to Expect 

Our interventional cardiologists 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: 

  1. You will be awake for this procedure. We give you medicine to make you feel comfortable. 
  2. We insert a small needle into your groin or wrist. 
  3. Using catheters (thin spaghetti-like tubes), we access your arteries. 
  4. Using a special dye to make your arteries visible on live X-ray, our interventional cardiologist pinpoints the source of your blockage. 
  5. We thread a catheter with a balloon through your arteries to the blockage. 
  6. We inflate and deflate the balloon several times, pushing the blockage out of the way. 

Stenting uses a tiny metal mesh tube to provide extra support to your artery wall after angioplasty. Stenting also prevents future blockages from forming. 

  1. Using the incision from your angioplasty, we thread a catheter with a balloon through your artery. 
  2. Once in place, we inflate the balloon with a strong force of water, opening the stent and pushing it into place. 
  3. We deflate and remove the balloon. 
  4. Tiny holes in the stent allow your artery to grow through and around it, permanently securing the stent in place. 

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  • 336-716-WAKE or 
  • 888-716-WAKE (toll-free)

 

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