About Treatments for Coronary Artery Disease Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)


Stents and bypass surgery are common treatments for blocked arteries. Stents are tiny, expandable mesh tubes that hold arteries open. Bypass surgery involves rerouting the blood flow around the blocked artery by using a healthy artery from somewhere else in the body. 

What Is It?

Whether the treatment is stenting or bypass surgery, the goal of coronary artery disease treatment is to restore blood flow in a clogged artery to a near-normal rate. Both of these methods require specialised procedures and devices to accomplish this goal.
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Benefits and Risks

As with any surgical procedure, both bypass surgery and stenting have potential benefits and risks. It is important that you understand these potential benefits and risks if you are considering treatment for coronary artery disease.
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Questions and Answers

If you or a loved one are considering stenting or bypass surgery, it is important that you talk to your doctor about the procedure. Ask questions, voice your concerns, and learn as much as you can.
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Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.