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STENT OPTIONS Although conventional stents are less costly, there is a need for life-long consumption of blood-thinning medication. The new generation of stents are more expensive but, after an initial period, blood-thinning medication can be discontinued. - FILE PHOTO

Know your heart specialist

If you need to go for a balloon or stent procedure, it is best to find out how much experience your specialist has
Sep 20, 2014 6:00 AM

IF you have chest pain and have been found to have significant blockage of your heart arteries, you can opt for only medication, open heart bypass surgery or a procedure to open blocked heart arteries with balloon catheters and stents (miniature cylindrical meshes that expand to open up blocked