Stenting & Types of Stents | MedStar Health

A mesh tube used to treat narrow or weak arteries

Stenting often follows an angioplasty in which a doctor temporarily inserts and inflates a tiny balloon in a blood vessel to widen or unblock it. Your doctor may then recommend placing a stent, which can be placed permanently to further improve and maintain blood flow.

3d illustration of vascular stents

The doctors in our Interventional Cardiology Program and Vascular and Endovascular Program are experts in placing various types of stents, including:


Carotid Aneurysms

An extracranial carotid artery aneurysm is a bulge that weakens the walls of the main artery in your neck and may create blood clots that can result in a stroke.

Cervical (Carotid or Vertebral) Artery Dissection

Cervical artery dissection is a condition in which there is a tear in the wall of one of the four main arteries in the neck that supply blood to the brain.


Claudication is muscle pain caused by clogged arteries that reduce blood flow to the muscles.

Coarctation of the Aorta

Coarctation of the aorta is a narrowing of the aorta, the body’s largest artery that carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

Coronary Artery Disease

Coronary artery disease is the most common type of heart disease in the US.

Fibromuscular Dysplasia (FMD)

A disease that causes abnormal cell development in the artery wall and results in arteries that bulge, tear, or narrow.

Kawasaki Disease

Kawasaki disease is a rare condition that causes inflammation of the blood vessels and can result in heart disease.

Left Renal Vein Compression (Nutcracker Syndrome)

Left renal vein compression, also known as nutcracker syndrome, occurs when the vein that that carries blood filtered by the left kidney is pinched between the abdominal aorta and another artery or the spine.

Leg Aneurysms

A leg aneurysm is a bulge in a blood vessel that can cause blood clots or reduced blood flow.

Renal Artery Disease

Renal artery disease, also known as renal artery stenosis, is a narrowing or blockage of the renal arteries, which bring blood to the kidneys.

Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD)

Spontaneous coronary artery dissection is a tear in the layers of tissue of the coronary artery. Blood can collect between these layers, causing a blockage of blood flow to the heart.

Venous Occlusion

A condition in which a vein becomes narrowed, blocked, or compressed by nearby structures, such as muscles, arteries, or other veins.

Venous Thrombosis

Venous thrombosis occurs when a blood clot forms in your veins.


Angiogram (Angiography)

An angiogram is a special x-ray taken as a special dye is injected through a thin, flexible tube called a catheter to detect blockages or aneurysms in blood vessels.

Cardiac Catheterization

Cardiac catheterization is a minimally invasive way to diagnose and treat a variety of heart and vascular conditions by guiding thin, flexible tubes called catheters through blood vessels to problem areas.

Computerized Tomography (CT) Scan

The cardiac computed tomography scan, or cardiac CT, uses x-rays to create three-dimensional images of your heart and blood vessels.


An echocardiogram uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of your heart.

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

An electrocardiogram, also known as an ECG, measures the heart’s electrical activity.


A fluoroscopy is an imaging technique that uses a continuous x-ray beam passed through the body to create real-time, moving images of your internal structures.

Fractional Flow Reserve

Fractional flow reserve, also known as FFR, is a measurement of how well blood can flow through the coronary arteries. Narrowing or blockages in these arteries can lead to a heart attack without treatment.

Pulse Volume Recording

Pulse volume recording tests are used to evaluate blood flow through the arteries in your arms or legs.

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Dr Brian Case listens to the heart of a patient during an office visit at MedStar Health. Both people are wearing masks.

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MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center

7503 Surratts Rd.
Clinton, MD 20735

MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

201 E. University Pkwy.
Baltimore, MD 21218

MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

9000 Franklin Square Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center

18101 Prince Philip Dr.
Olney, MD 20832

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

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