• By Dana Sparks

Mayo Clinic Illustration - Coronary Angioplasty and Stent

August 6, 2013

Mayo Clinic illustration of a heart angioplasty with a stent inserted in the artery

Angioplasty is often combined with the permanent placement of a small wire mesh tube called a stent to help prop the artery open and decrease the chance of it narrowing again. Some stents are coated with medication to help keep the artery open (drug-eluting stents), while others are not (bare-metal stents). 

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