Our lives are changing rapidly, and so are the economic standards & habits. As we progress toward attaining a high-quality life, every day is becoming more and more hectic. In fact, due to the change in eating & working out habits, improper sleep, and a busy schedule, most people are suffering from some health issues that are either psychological or physical health disorders.
Hence, it was not a surprise when studies & research showed that a massive population, especially across North America, is suffering from obesity and Cardiovascular Diseases (CVD). In fact, with the swift escalation in the number of elderly population & people suffering from obesity, the causes of coronary diseases in people have escalated swiftly.
This health disorder happens when the coronary arteries are filled with plaque and are narrowed, affecting the proper blood flow. The medical term for this condition is Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). As such conditions can affect or interrupt the blood flow to the heart and might restrain the supply of enough oxygen-rich blood, it can be damaged and put the person at a greater risk of having a heart attack. It is when the doctor might suggest the patient have a stent insertion to treat CAD, depending upon the severity of the case.
A stent is a small mesh tube placed into the narrowed coronary artery using a catheter that helps enlarge it to improve the blood flow and reduce or eliminate any symptoms of chest pain (angina). With constant developments in medical technology, stents coated in a layer of medication are also being used to prevent clogging & narrowing. As a result, their mounting utilization worldwide projects around 6.9% CAGR for the Global Coronary Stents Market during 2022-27.
How do Coronary Stents Function?
We learned above that coronary stents help widen the narrowed area to ensure proper blood flow. During the procedure, the cardiologist places the stent over a catheter & inserts it into the artery, commonly through the arm. It's a minimally invasive procedure and doesn't cause pain, owing to local anesthesia given to the patient before the catheter gets inserted. Moreover, as there are no nerve endings in the artery, the possibility of pain is rare.
As soon as the catheter reaches the clogged artery, the balloon gets inflated to expand the artery. Here, some patients might feel a little chest ache when the stent is inflated to open up the clogging. Once the stent has reached the desired location, the cardiologist would deflate & remove the balloon, and the stent would remain in the position permanently. After several years, the inner lining of the artery would grow on the stent surface & make it a permanent part of the artery.
Things to Remember Before Undergoing CAD Treatment
While heart issues are becoming very common among people of age groups, science is also making swift developments in the medical field. As a result, the treatment of CAD using coronary stents has been life-changing for the majority of people as it has truly enhanced the quality of their life. In fact, the application of these stents has been a lifesaver, especially when it is performed on people who have just witnessed a heart attack. Moreover, coronary stents offer several benefits to people like being less invasive than bypass surgery, reduced recovery time, and ease of chest pain, among others.
Additionally, one can witness remarkable improvements after the coronary stent procedure by just keeping up with a few precautions & adopting health habits like eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, and quitting smoking, among others. Yet, the patient must continue to address concerns like high cholesterol, blood pressure, overweight, etc., along with completing the medication prescribed by the doctor. Practicing such easy steps is pretty much all you need to treat & prevent heart diseases and see improvements in the stent procedure.
Recovery Post Coronary Stent Insertion
When the CAD treatment is planned, the recovery of the heart is pretty much instant and the patient can walk. However, it is the case when the procedure is done using the wrist of the person. In case the procedure is done using the groin, the patient has to remain in the lying position for a few hours and ensure no bleeding has occurred from the point of insertion. Common precautions like no heavy lifting & easy couple of weeks must be followed to ensure a quicker recovery.
On the other hand, in case the insertion of a stent is pretty abrupt like the patient is brought to the emergency due to the occurrence of a heart attack, the overall recovery is likely to take a little longer than planned treatment. In this case, the patient must not drive for a few weeks, and the same shall prolong in case the procedure was not successful.
Truly, cardiovascular diseases are one of the most critical issues. Hence, the advancements in medicine and the easy availability of treatments, skilled professionals, & stents are making it possible for patients to live a quality life. Therefore, the growth of the Global Coronary Stents Market is anticipated to witness substantial growth and generate lucrative opportunities for stent manufacturers worldwide in the years to come.