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How does a doctor put a stent in?

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To put a stent in, your doctor makes a small cut in a blood vessel in your groin, arm, or neck. He then threads 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. Your doctor inflates the balloon inside your blocked artery. This widens your artery so blood can flow through it again. He then places the stent inside your artery. He'll remove the catheter and balloon, but the stent stays inside to keep the artery open.

From: What Is a Stent? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is a Stent?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Stents."

Cleveland Clinic: "Angioplasty and Stent Interventional Procedures."

 

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 04, 2017

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "What is a Stent?"

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "Stents."

Cleveland Clinic: "Angioplasty and Stent Interventional Procedures."

 

 

Reviewed by James Beckerman on December 04, 2017

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