Statins, antihypertensives, aspirin, and nitroglycerin may be recommended to help you lower your cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, prevent blood clotting, and improve blood flow. All of these medications are aimed at improving your overall heart health and preventing your heart disease from progressing.
Angioplasty with Stenting
Stenting of the blood vessels helps re-establish blood flow to your heart. You may undergo this procedure if you are a candidate, based on how many of your blood vessels are affected and where the blockages are located. During angioplasty, also known as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), a balloon-tipped catheter is inserted through a small incision in your wrist or groin and threaded through your body to reach the blocked coronary artery. The balloon is inflated to open the artery, and a metal mesh tube, called a stent, is placed inside the artery to re-establish blood flow. This minimally invasive procedure results in less pain, scarring, and blood loss and faster recovery when compared to surgery.
In heart bypass surgery, also known as coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery, a surgeon uses a vein or blood vessel from your leg, arm, or under your chest wall to reroute blood flow around a blocked artery. Depending on your condition and anatomy, heart bypass surgery is performed through either a mid-chest incision or smaller left-chest incisions. The minimally invasive methods often result in smaller incisions, less blood loss, and faster recovery. In both surgical approaches, a heart-lung bypass machine, or pump, may be used to maintain blood flow through your body. Your surgeon will choose the procedure that is most appropriate for you.
If it’s appropriate for you, our interventional cardiologists and surgeons can work together in our hybrid operating room to combine percutaneous coronary intervention and surgical techniques. This approach may decrease recovery time.