At INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, a heart procedure called coronary stenting, may be performed along with angioplasty. A stent is a small, wire mesh tube that can be inserted into a blood vessel to hold it open.
After the stent is inserted, it will become a permanent part of the artery wall, strengthening the wall while keeping the artery open for blood flow to the heart muscle. Some newer stents are coated with medication. They are called drug-eluting stents, and help in preventing restenosis or closure.