Coronary Angioplasty or Stenting


Angioplasty is typically combined with the permanent placement of a small mesh scaffold called a stent. This keeps the artery open and decrease its chance of narrowing again. Stents are coated with a medication to stop the artery from re-narrowing over time. Stenting can improve symptoms of blocked arteries, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. It can also be lifesaving when used during a heart attack to quickly open a blocked artery and reduce the amount of damage to your heart.

For further information please see the following website.

More information on coronary angiography is available on our downloadable patient leaflet.

Before and after – Heart Stents

Both of these patients had critical blockages in their main heart artery (the left main coronary artery). After discussion of the risks, benefits and alternatives, Dr Ford undertook coronary intervention (stenting) after ballooning and/or drilling the critical narrowing. In both cases, the procedure was successfully completed via the wrist (radial artery) and avoided major surgery (coronary artery bypass) with post operative discharge the following day.

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Tom’s ability to put patients, who are often anxious, at ease and his ability to really listen and his kind professional manner are his real strengths.

We are very appreciative for Dr Ford's professionalism and experience. We understood the complexity of the procedure required; Dr Ford is a highly competent and skilled cardiologist.

Everything was fantastic, wonderful, informative and very very positively helpful. I couldn’t be more happy with the whole experience and the positive outcome. He is top of his field and also has an excellent bed side banner. I felt relaxed, confident and important.

Very professional and informative excellent service and caring terrific specialist in his field again absolutely excellent.