Today Former President George W. Bush underwent angioplasty and stenting to treat a blockage in one of the arteries in his heart. Angioplasty is a minimally invasive treatment that is used to stop heart attacks and clear blockages that are preventing the heart from getting enough oxygen-rich blood. Stents are tiny mesh tubes that are implanted in the arteries to help prevent blockages from reforming. According to news reports, President Bush is doing well and is expected to make a full recovery, allowing him to return to his home and normal schedule this week. We send our best wishes to him and his family.
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a serious condition that affects millions of people worldwide. Depending on the severity of the disease and the symptoms it is causing, CAD may be treated with lifestyle changes, medications, angioplasty and stenting, or even bypass surgery. For many Americans, President Bush’s condition has prompted questions about angioplasty and stenting. The procedure is used to successfully treat thousands of patients every year.
You can learn more about angioplasty here,
and for more information about stents, click here.