What is Coronary Angioplasty (Stent Procedures)?
A coronary angioplasty is a procedure used to widen blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. The term 'angioplasty' means using a balloon to stretch open a narrowed or blocked artery. However, most modern angioplasty procedures also involve inserting a short wire-mesh tube, called a stent, into the artery during the procedure. The stent is left in place permanently to allow blood to flow more freely.