Coronary angioplasty is a specialized procedure that uses a small balloon to open a coronary artery narrowed by fatty plaque buildup, a condition known as atherosclerosis. This improves blood flow to the heart. Angioplasty can also improve the symptoms of blocked arteries, including chest pain and shortness of breath. During a heart attack, cardiologists often perform angioplasty to quickly open a blocked artery and reduce damage to your heart.
During angioplasty, it is common to place a stent in the blocked artery. A stent looks like a tiny mesh coil, which supports your artery walls to prevent them from narrowing again after the procedure. The stent is placed around a deflated balloon at the tip of the catheter, which is guided through the artery to the blockage. When it reaches the blockage, your doctor inflates the balloon, allowing the stent to expand and lock into place permanently to improve blood flow to your heart. After we place the stent, we deflate and remove the balloon catheter. Stents implanted during an angioplasty are typically drug-coated (called drug-eluting stents). This medication is slowly released to help prevent future plaque buildup in that blood vessel.
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My mom has been seeing Dr Primack for about 17 years and my father was also his patient when he was alive. She has blocked arteries in her legs and her situation was quite complicated and Drs Primack and Stenzler teamed up and were able to open up the artery in her leg. I wouldn’t take to any other doctors.
Dr. Stenzler takes excellent care of myself and my family. Brother and mother. Very professional, caring and checks everything. I feel safe – nothing is let to chance. I have been a patient for years.
I have been going to Dr Stenzler for a few years now and have always been treated with respect and a high degree of professionalism. Dr Stenzler explains procedures thoroughly and ensures that I understand completely the reason, expected results, length of the procedure and answers every question I have to my complete satisfaction. If you ever require a cardiologist, Dr Stenzler is the one to see.
"Dr. Lee Stenzler is a cardiologist in Stockton, California, and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Adventist Health Lodi Memorial and Dameron Hospital. He received his medical degree from University of Maryland School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years."Read MoreRequest an Appointment
"In heart care, there are often a lot of options for a single problem. The trick is in. figuring out the best option, and that is entirely unique to you, your life, and your needs. For me, this challenging aspect is stimulating. .. and rewarding. The reward comes from bettering your life. When you have a heart concern, positive change is worth working for. It's as simple as that. I'm here to make a true and lasting difference in your health and your life."Read MoreRequest an Appointment
"Heart diseases can take a toll on your health and psyche. My goal is to provide comprehensive medical care, social and emotional support. Heart disease in women can present variably, so I teach women how to recognize heart disease and deliver timely treatment to prevent long-term disabilities. My mission is to change my patients' health for the better by working closely with them, for them!"Read MoreRequest an Appointment
"Recent rapid advances in cardiovascular medicine and technology have opened the door for a wide spectrum of new treatments and healing options tailored for each patient or disease scenario. My ultimate goal· Use my evidence-based knowledge and experience to match the right treatment with the right patient."Read MoreRequest an Appointment
“What I implement in my practice is what I believe Cardiology to be: a combination of art, science and skills which help a person maintain or achieve well-being, and where evidence-based medicine is truly expressed. This combination can be quite beautiful when a physician’s careful observation of symptoms is united with scientific laws to arrive at a diagnostic and therapeutic plan that can dramatically alter the course of another human being’s life in a positive way.”Read MoreRequest an Appointment