Intermountain Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center

(801) 507-4701Map5121 S. Cottonwood StreetMurray, UT 84107

Overview of Stent Placement

Stent Placement is a treatment for narrowed or blocked arteries and veins in patients with coronary artery disease (heart attack, angina), peripheral artery disease, and carotid artery disease.

A stent is a small metal coil or tube that is placed in a narrowed artery to hold it open. To place the stent, your healthcare provider first performs angioplasty to compress and cut away plaque buildup in the artery. Sometimes the stent can be placed during an initial balloon angioplasty.

Stents can be placed in the coronary arteries (of the heart), carotid arteries (of the neck), and other peripheral arteries (legs and arms).

Illustration of stent placement How stent placement works:
  • The balloon catheter with stent is positioned.
  • The balloon is expanded.
  • The balloon is deflated and withdrawn. The stent remains behind to hold open the artery and help maintain good blood flow.

Patient Instructions

Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after this procedure:

Please review the patient instructions from the cardiovascular cath lab, for important information on pre-registration, completing your health history form, and scheduling arrival times:

Where Do I Go?

Stent placement is performed in a procedure room in the Cardiovascular Cath Lab. Patients suffering an acute heart attack may be taken directly from the Emergency Department to the Cardiovascular Cath Lab. If your stent placement is non-emergent, you will come to Intermountain Medical Center – Building 4 (Heart & Lung Center). Follow signs to Patient Registration on the first floor. We will greet you and take you to a room in our Cardiac Procedure and Recovery Unit. When it is time for your procedure, you will be taken to the Cardiovascular Cath Lab.

If you have questions please call us: 801-507-4701.

Learn More About Our Programs

  • Coronary Heart Disease Program

    Our Coronary Heart Disease Program focuses on prevention and treatment of the most common heart problem: atherosclerosis (narrowing of coronary arteries) and its consequences – coronary artery disease, heart attack, angina, and heart failure.

  • Peripheral Vascular Disease Program

    Our Peripheral Vascular Disease Program focuses on the care of patients with peripheral vascular disease, which includes peripheral artery disease and deep vein thrombosis.

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