A stent is a small wire mesh tube used to open and support a narrowed artery, much like a scaffold. A thin tube, called a catheter, is guided into the artery. The stent is then placed over the narrow area, opening it up for more normal blood flow, and stays there permanently. This is very similar to peripheral angioplasty, which also uses a catheter to guide the physician to the narrowed artery. However, angioplasty uses a balloon rather than a stent.
The Cardiac Cath Lab at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital currently performs peripheral vascular angioplasty and stenting (meaning arteries other than those around the heart, such as in the legs, arms, stomach or kidneys).
Consult your physician if you have questions about stents or peripheral vascular disease. This procedure will be scheduled by your physician.
The Cardiac Cath Lab at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital provides non-surgical procedures, such as angiography, to assist physicians in diagnosing various peripheral vascular and cardiopulmonary diseases, including:
- Cardiomegaly (enlarged heart)
- Cardiomyopathy (weakened heart muscle)
- Congenital defects
- Coronary artery disease
- Heart valve disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
The Lab is open Monday through Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm and is located on the 1st floor of Dr. P. Phillips Hospital.
To prep for this procedure please do not drink or eat anything after midnight the night before the test.
The procedure takes approximately one hour; however, please allow approximately 2 to 3 hours for recovery time. If you are discharged home, please arrange for transportation. Some patients may require an overnight hospital stay.