Early intervention can reduce your risk of a heart attack

With aging, lifestyle or genetics, many people develop coronary artery disease (CAD). This problem is common, but that doesn’t mean it’s insignificant. CAD causes blockages and narrowing of the arteries that carry blood to the heart muscle.

As a result, CAD can put you at risk for a heart attack. Getting appropriate care as early as possible can reduce that risk. To help prevent a potential heart attack, cardiologists at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (MoBap) perform minimally invasive coronary angioplasty and stenting.

Because cardiologists at MoBap know your heart can’t wait, we’re dedicated to identifying and preventing potential heart attacks before they happen. We offer assessments and second opinions at our offices across the St. Louis region.

How does a stent work?

Watch this video to learn more about what happens during a stent procedure.

Schedule an appointment with a MoBap cardiologist by calling (314) 860-7076 or fill out a contact form so we can learn more about your condition.

Why Choose Us?

Coronary angioplasty is a minimally invasive way to clear blocked or narrowed coronary arteries. These vital blood vessels carry blood and oxygen to your heart muscle. The procedure is also called percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) or percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA).

The Heart Center at MoBap has a team of the top cardiologists in St. Louis and offers a comprehensive cardiac program, treating a range of heart conditions. Our heart team will carefully assess your health and risks before recommending a procedure tailored to your individual needs. MoBap is a designated Level 1 STEMI Center by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. This designation means we have the specialized resources to treat the most complex heart attacks.

At MoBap, we have performed thousands of PCIs or PTCAs in our cardiac catheterization lab. Our doctors use various techniques to clear blockages, open narrowed blood vessels and hold the arteries open to keep blood flowing to your heart.

Questions & Answers

A PCI procedure clears blockages that reduce blood flow to heart muscle (myocardium). Most of these blockages result from plaque buildup, a condition known as atherosclerosis.

PCI or PTCA treats conditions resulting from atherosclerosis, including:

  • Coronary artery disease (CAD): Plaque buildup in the coronary (heart) artery
  • Angina: Chest pain due to CAD that can be stable (predictable and occurs with exertion) or unstable (an emergency condition)
  • Heart attack: An acute (sudden) or gradual complete blockage of the coronary artery due to plaque breaking off, causing a blood clot to form in the artery

PTCA is a safe and reliable treatment for most people with CAD who have significant blockages or narrowing (stenosis) of the coronary arteries. If the blockage is in your left main coronary artery, your doctor might recommend a different treatment.

Getting care right away after a heart attack can minimize heart damage and help you recover faster. Equipped with specialized resources to treat complex heart attacks, our doctors perform angioplasty immediately if you have a type of heart attack called an ST-elevated myocardial infarction (STEMI). (ST refers to changes in a specific heart rhythm.) A less severe heart attack, a non-ST-elevated myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) is a medical emergency, but you may be able to wait up to 48 hours for PCI.

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