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Put in a stint after a heart attack. What does it mean?

My Dad had a heart attack Monday...he s not local, so I can t go see him ask alot of questions. He s had major heart attacks in the past - 10 years ago or so has had bipass surgery twice already. They re telling me that he had a mild heart attack they re put in a stint What does that mean? Thanx to everyone but melting who decided to rudely put down my spelling while I sit here crying
Fri, 18 Dec 2009
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I believe you mean a "stent." A stent is a small mesh tube that’s used to treat narrowed or weakened arteries in the body, usually in a partially blocked heart coronary artery. You may have a stent placed in an artery as part of a procedure called angioplasty (AN-jee-oh-plas-tee). Angioplasty can restore blood flow through narrowed or blocked arteries. Stents help prevent arteries from becoming narrowed or blocked again in the months or years after treatment with angioplasty. You may also have a stent placed in a weakened artery to improve blood flow and to help prevent the artery from bursting. Stents are usually made of metal mesh, but sometimes they’re made of fabric. Fabric stents, also called stent grafts, are used in larger arteries. Some stents are coated with medicines that are slowly and continuously released into the artery. These medicines help prevent the artery from becoming blocked again.
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