You may have many questions when it comes to the subject of stents. Are stents a better option than surgery? Which stent is right for you? Or should your coronary artery disease (CAD) be treated with medication alone? The Cedar Valley Cardiovascular Center and the American College of Cardiology encourages you to talk with your cardiologist to find the right option for you. CAD can cause a variety of symptoms including chest pain and/or shortness of breath. The treatment of CAD may require the placement of stents or open heart surgery to improve blood and oxygen flow to the coronary arteries.
Coronary stents are small metallic coils placed inside the coronary artery to “prop” open the blockage. Some stents are coated with medication to prevent further blockage around the stent. Only you and your doctor can decide if a stent is right for you.