December 18, 2009
Health Tip: At the Heart of a Stent
Why you may need one
(HealthDay News) -- A coronary stent is a hollow tube-shaped device that is surgically inserted into a blood vessel to keep it open.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine says a coronary stent may be used to treat the following conditions:
- Coronary heart disease.
- Peripheral artery disease.
- Renal artery stenosis, for a narrowing of the artery that provides blood to the kidneys.
- Carotid artery disease.
- Abdominal aortic aneurysm, for a bulging of the aorta near the abdomen.