There are some gadgets you really can't live without. At HeartLink, we arm our doctors with the best life-saving equipment in the business. Whether it's the coronary stents we use for PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) or our exceptional echocardiograms, you won't find more advanced cardiac technology anywhere in Collin County.
A coronary stent is an artificial support device placed in the coronary artery to keep the vessel open after treatment for coronary artery disease. The stent is usually a stainless steel mesh tube that is available in various sizes to match the size of the artery and hold it open after the blockage in the artery has been treated.
Coronary stenting usually follows balloon angioplasty, where a catheter with a small balloon at the tip is guided to the point of narrowing in the coronary artery and slowly inflated to widen that artery and compress the blockage or fatty area into the artery wall and stretch the artery open.
The stent is inserted into the artery with the balloon-tip catheter. When the stent is correctly positioned in the coronary artery, the balloon is inflated, expanding the stent against the walls of the coronary artery. The balloon catheter is deflated and removed, leaving the stent permanently in place to hold the coronary artery open.
What We Use
- Medtronic Resolute Integrity™
- Boston Scientific Promus Element™
- Abbot Xience™ and Xience Prime™
- Abbot Vision and Ultra