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What is a Heart Stent?

Coronary angioplasty is a procedure that opens a blocked or narrowed artery that leads to the heart. A stent is inserted permanently into the artery to help hold the artery open and restore normal blood flow to the heart.

After an angioplasty, a blood clot could form in the stent after the procedure. This could cause a stroke or heart attack. Physicians often prescribe anti-clotting medication, Warfarin (Coumadin)/Plavix (clopidogrel), after an angioplasty to combat that risk.

Many patients must take this medication for up to a year or more.

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New Customized Care for Heart Stent Patients

Sanford Health participated in a national study that examined the effect of genotype-guided treatment on cardiovascular outcomes after a heart procedure known as percutaneous coronary intervention, or PCI, in which a metallic stent is inserted into a heart artery to treat a blockage.