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Undergo a Stent Procedure at Southcoast Health

Stent placement is a heart procedure similar to angioplasty, but, instead of using a balloon to open a blocked artery, a stent is used. Stents are durable metal tubes that permanently support the inner walls of an artery to keep them open. Some stents have a coating of medicine that releases over time to help prevent artery blockage. These stents are called drug-eluting stents, which prevent re-blockage or re-narrowing of the arteries that sometimes can occur after the initial procedure.

If your doctor is concerned about your heart health, reach out to a cardiologist at Southcoast Health to see if you are a good candidate for this procedure. We provide stents in Fall River, MA at Charlton Memorial Hospital.

Do I Need a Stent?

Are you having chest pain? If so, we recommend seeing a cardiologist because it may be related to a blockage or narrowing in one of the arteries that supplies blood to your heart muscle. This pain is called angina, and it can be a precursor to a heart attack or heart failure. We often obtain stress tests for patients with this type of pain, and a positive stress test is another reason to have a cardiac catheterization and subsequent stent.

What to Expect from Stent Placement

Placing a stent is a minimally invasive procedure that involves inserting a catheter through the arm or leg up to the heart and diseased artery. Once the catheter reaches the blockage, a balloon or stent opens the artery.

Many people go home the day after receiving a stent. Depending on the reason for your procedure, you may need to stay in the hospital for an ongoing evaluation.

Talk to your doctor about when you should return to work and other activities, and if he or she recommends cardiac rehabilitation as part of your recovery process.

Southcoast Health performs stent procedures in Fall River, MA for our heart care patients.