Is a Stent Right for You?

Stenting is now a common procedure for the treatment of coronary artery disease. More than 2 million people get a stent each year. Medtronic has been an innovator and leader in developing bare-metal (BMS) and drug-eluting stents (DES).

Here are some of the factors that could help determine whether you're a good candidate for stenting:

  • Your overall health
  • The size of the vessel and number of coronary arteries involved
  • The location of the blocked coronary artery
  • How easily the blockage can be reached by angioplasty
  • Your recent coronary health history – including heart attacks

Under certain circumstances, if your heart is weak or if you have other diseases that affect the health of your heart, such as diabetes or other conditions, coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) may be your best option. Your doctor will evaluate your condition and recommend the best option for your specific condition.

Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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