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I had arterial bleeding occur after an angio and stent placement? Does this happen often?

I had arterial bleeding occur after an angio and stent placement? Does this happen often?

Absolutely: This is a well recognized complication of angiograms and stenting. Your doctor would have discussed this with you in the informed consent portion of your procedure. ...Read more

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Dr. Janice Alexander
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Artery (Definition)

Arteries are a type of blood vessels. We can divide blood vessels into 2 categories. Arteries are high pressure vessels which deliver (red) oxygen + blood out into the body. Veins on the other hand or low pressure vessels which return (dark) oxygent - blood from the body ...Read more


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Apparently the artery was torn while placing a stent in my heart and they ended up placing 6 stents. Is this common and what are the complications?

Apparently the artery was torn while placing a stent in my heart and they ended up placing 6 stents. Is this common and what  are the complications?

Dissection: Dissection, or tearing of the inner layer of the artery, while doing coronary stenting is an uncommon risk of placing metal devices inside of an artery. In your case you probably had what is known as a "spiral" dissection, where the tear extends beyond the locally stented area. Once stented, you should do well, but make sure to take both your Aspirin and your other antiplatelet medicine. ...Read more

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How clogged does an artery have in order to get a stent ?

How clogged does an artery have in order to get a stent ?

Depends: I really depends on the artery that is getting clogged. Carotid, coronary (heart), leg, kidneys all have different indications for treatment. As a general rule of thumb stents are not needed unless there are symptoms related to the narrow artery. This is an excellent question to pose to your physician treating the clogged artery. ...Read more

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Had stent placed in diagonal artery 6 weeks ago. Sharp pain in that area when turn on left side at night. Is this normal?

Stent: What you describe is likely a musculoskeletal pain. There is little likelihood that such a pain is related to coronary artery stent unless some position on the cath lab table caused some intercostal or costochondral irritation. This wouldn't directly relate however to the heart. To be safe you could call your interventionalist and ask the question. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: renal artery stenting?

What is the definition or description of: renal artery stenting?

Procedure: To improve flow through a narrow renal artery. See radiologyinfo.Org for discussion. ...Read more

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When should someone have carotid artery stenting done?

When should someone have carotid artery stenting done?

Carotid stenting: read this for some information: http://www.vascularweb.org/vascularhealth/pages/carotid-stenting.aspx

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Is it possible a stent inserted into artery during angioplasty could go missing?

Is it possible a stent inserted into artery during angioplasty could go missing?

Stent: A stent can move or be dislodged, but will always be within the body. If it is in an artery, it will only go as far as arteries that are larger than the stent. If it is in a vein, it can only go as far as the lungs. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a stent inserted into artery during angioplasty to go missing?

Is it possible for a stent inserted into artery during angioplasty to go missing?

Not if it's deployed: If the stent is properly "deployed" (expanded) it's well wedged into the surrounding tissue and will go nowhere. If it falls off the balloon (rare) that's a different matter. ...Read more

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How is a carotid artery stent done?

How is a carotid artery stent done?

Procedure: Performed from a small puncture into the artery in your groin area. A catheter is inserted and is used to evaluate the stenosis. A protection device is then inserted through the blockage and deployed. A suitable stent is inserted and deployed. A balloon opens stent to final diameter. Completion images are taken. Protection device retrieved. Catheters removed. See sirweb.Org. ...Read more

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Dr. Suzanne Galli
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Stenting (Definition)

In general, a stent is a metal tube used to keep a vessel open. Stents can be placed in a huge number of places, including blood vessels, bile ducts, even in the colon ...Read more