Quick Answer: What Are The Side Effects Of Having A Stent?

How long do you need to be on blood thinners after a stent?

People who have drug-eluting stents need to take medications, such as clopidogrel or ticagrelor, to reduce the risk of stent clotting for at least one year after the stent is inserted.

For most people with bare-metal stents, additional anti-clotting medication is only recommended for one month after stent placement..

Are you awake during a stent procedure?

Your doctor will insert a flexible tube (catheter) into an artery. Sometimes the catheter will be placed in your arm or wrist, or in your upper leg (groin) area. You will be awake during the procedure. The doctor will use live x-ray pictures to carefully guide the catheter up into your heart and arteries.

Which is better stent or bypass?

“For three-vessel coronary disease, bypass now has been shown to be superior to stenting, with the possible exception of some cases in which the narrowing in the artery is very short,” Cutlip says. “But by and large the debate is settled that bypass surgery is better.”

How serious is having a stent put in?

About 1% to 2% of people who have a stent may get a blood clot where the stent is placed. This can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Your risk of getting a blood clot is highest during the first few months after the procedure.

What can I expect after a heart stent?

They may be able to return to light, routine activities during the first few days after the procedure. Bruising or discoloration may occur at the catheter insertion site, as well as soreness when pressure is applied, and patients can expect to feel more tired than usual for a few days.

What are the signs of stent failure?

Symptoms will usually tell you if there’s a problem. Sometimes heart problems return after a stent procedure. If that happens, you usually have symptoms—like chest pain, fatigue, or shortness of breath. If you do have symptoms, a stress test can help your doctor see what’s going on.

How long does it take to recover from having a stent put in?

Recovery from angioplasty and stenting is typically brief. Discharge from the hospital is usually 12 to 24 hours after the catheter is removed. Many patients are able to return to work within a few days to a week after a procedure.

What not to eat with a stent?

Foods such as bread, toast, egg, fish with bones, pithy fruit (orange, grapefruit, pineapple), stringy vegetables (green beans, celery), salad items, raw vegetables and chips may cause your stent to block.

Do stents increase life expectancy?

Summary: While the placement of stents in newly reopened coronary arteries has been shown to reduce the need for repeat angioplasty procedures, researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute have found that stents have no impact on mortality over the long term.

What precautions should be taken after a stent procedure?

To keep your heart healthy after angioplasty, you should:Quit smoking.Lower your cholesterol levels.Eat a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat.Maintain a healthy weight.Control other conditions, such as diabetes and high blood pressure.Get regular exercise.Take medications as prescribed by your doctor.

How many stents can a person have?

In answer to your first question, in some cases doctors can place two or even three stents during one procedure. There are, however, cases in which the cardiologist will want to place one and then place a second or even a third stent in a later procedure.

Is chest pain normal after stent placement?

A sizeable proportion of patients who undergo successful coronary artery stent implantation experiences chest pain immediately after the procedure and/or in the following months in the absence of in-stent restenosis.

Do and don’ts after stent?

Don’t lift heavy objects. Avoid strenuous exercise. Avoid sexual activity for a week. Wait at least a week before swimming or bathing.

Can you live a normal life after a stent?

It’s important to remember that you can live a full and active life with a coronary stent. You can find some general guidelines about returning to working, resuming your everyday activities and making some heart-healthy lifestyle changes below.

How long can you live with a stent?

Stents were first used in the early 1980s, and some people with those original stents are still doing just fine nearly 30 years later. Stents can develop blockages too. In recent years, drug-eluting stents have been used in some patients.

Is a stent major surgery?

A cardiac stent is used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. It can also be used to improve blood flow immediately following a heart attack. Cardiac stents are expandable coils made of metal mesh. Your doctor can insert one during a coronary angioplasty, a nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedure.