The surgeon guides the catheter to the narrowed part of the artery
and inflates a small balloon at the end of a tube. The balloon may remain
inflated for a short time. The pressure from the inflated balloon
causes the mesh stent to expand and press the plaque against the wall of the
artery, creating more room for blood to flow.
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & David A. Szalay, MD - Vascular Surgery
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