Triple A Stents
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.
Triple A Stents
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms (Triple As): The aorta (the largest artery in your body) carries oxygen-rich blood from your heart. The abdominal section of the aorta supplies blood to the lower part of the body. When a weak area of the abdominal aorta expands or bulges, it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). If untreated, the AAA can burst or rupture or cause another serious health problem called embolization. Clots or debris can form inside the aneurysm and travel to blood vessels leading to other organs in your body. If one of these blood vessels becomes blocked, it can cause severe pain or even limb loss.
Endovascular Stent Graft: An endovascular stent graft is a tube composed of fabric supported by a metal mesh called a stent. It can be used for a variety of conditions involving the blood vessels, but most commonly is used to reinforce a weak spot in an artery called an aneurysm. Over time, blood pressure and other factors can cause this weak area to bulge like a balloon, and it can eventually enlarge and rupture. The stent graft is designed to seal tightly with your artery above and below the aneurysm. The graft is stronger than the weakened artery, and it allows your blood to pass through it without pushing on the bulge. Physicians typically use endovascular stent grafting to treat abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs), but they also use it to treat thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAAs) and, less commonly, aneurysms in other locations.
Advantage of this Method
When an aneurysm is large enough to warrant repair, the traditional method has been open abdominal surgery to relieve an aortic aneurysm. The abdomen is opened, and the aneurysm sac is clamped and opened. A fabric graft is used to replace the dilated portion of the artery. The abdomen is sewn up, and the patient goes to the ICU for recovery. Many patients with AAA may be considered too high-risk for open surgery due to other associated medical conditions, but endovascular stent graft repair may allow older, sicker patients to have safer AAA treatment and repair.
What We Use
GORE EXCLUDER® AAA Endoprosthesis
Medtronic Endurant® and Endurant® II
Endologix AFX™ AAA System
Gore TAG® for Thoracic Endoprosthesis