Heart stints “smash” plaque against the walls of the arteries -why not just remove the plaque vs using stints?

I was told that stints smash the plaque againts the artery walls – therefore, freeing up the "clog". My question is, why not just REMOVE the plaque vs "smashing" it against the artery wall? I.e. – smashing it against the artery wall still keeps them there while I would think removing it from the body entirely would be much better.

4 Responses to “Heart stints “smash” plaque against the walls of the arteries -why not just remove the plaque vs using stints?”

  1. cardiophile Says:

    Theoretically your suggestion is excellent. It is a different technique known as atherectomy. But the device is costlier and can cause perforation of the wall of the artery sometimes. Stenting is an easier, cheaper and effective option. It is also widely available in all major cardiovascular centres.

  2. davina Says:

    You have it sort of right…
    Before you put a stent in the artery, first you must remove the fatty plaque, then you put in the stent to keep the artery wall open.

  3. proudmommy2jayden Says:

    Packing it against the artery walls is safer than trying to remove it. If a doctor were to try to remove the plaque, it could break off and flow through the blood stream which can cause a stroke or even a heart attack if they got lodged somewhere else.

    It is much safer.

  4. Sandy H Says:

    I have had 3 stints put in and i am 44 and i have been in and out of the hospital with chest pain i dont think they work as good as they say.