Harvard Heart Letter

What happens if my stent stops working?

Ask the doctor [IMGCAP(1)] Q. I just got a stent placed in my heart artery and feel great again. If it develops problems, can it be treated? A. Stents, the tiny wire-mesh tubes used to prop open blocked arteries, are useful for treating heart attacks and chest pain that occurs with physical activity. They’re placed during a coronary angioplasty and stenting procedure, which usually involves snaking a thin…

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