Angioplasty and Stents Directory
An angioplasty is a nonsurgical procedure that can open blocked arteries. Along with angioplasty, stents may also be inserted into the arteries to support a weakened artery. After the procedure, you must lie flat for 6-8 hours. You must take special medications if you have a stent implanted so that clots do not form. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how angioplasty and stents are done, reasons for having the procedure, and much more.
Alert: Bypass Over Angioplasty for Patients with Diabetes
An important Clinical Alert notifying physicians that for patients with both diabetes and coronary heart disease who are considering either bypass surgery or angioplasty, surgery is the best of the two options.
Angioplasty and Stents for Heart Disease Treatment
Angioplasty and stents are used to treat blockages that cause heart disease. Here’s what you need to know if you’re about to have one.
How to Make a Safe Recovery From Heart Surgery
Learn the secrets to a safe recovery from heart surgery, including tips on healthy eating, sleep, and when it's OK to return to your old routine.
WebMD explains how a cardiac catheterization works and how it can help determine whether you have heart disease.