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My 56 year old mom had heart attack, LAD was totally occluded, they put a bare metal stent in what is the outcome and her prognosis?

My 56 year old mom had heart attack, LAD was totally occluded, they put a bare metal  stent in what is the outcome and her prognosis?

Type of stent: It depends upon the size of stent. Large stents stay open better than smaller ones. Typically for bare metals stents the renarrowing rate is between 1 in 10 and 1 in 20. ...Read more

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
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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


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I have 3 bare metal stents in my right coronary artery. How often should these be checked by a cardiologist and how is the check done?

I have 3 bare metal stents in my right coronary artery.  How often should these be checked by a cardiologist and how is the check done?

Based on symptoms: Scar tissue can occur around the stent. You will feel the same type of symptoms the you had prior to the stent. Your cardiologist can determine what type of testing you need to assess that. If no symptoms we usually perform a stress test every 2 to 3 years. ...Read more

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Is it safe to undergo MRI if I have two bare metal stents in coronary arteries? What precautions if any do technicians take when performing MRI?

Is it safe to undergo MRI if I have two bare metal stents in coronary arteries? What precautions if any do technicians take when performing MRI?

Likely not a problem: All MRI technologists or associated staff members should be able to assess whether an MRI is safe for you. There are exhaustive lists of potentially problematic internally implanted devices, that all reputable MRI facilities regularly reference. Just ask the staff. ...Read more

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What drug is superior pradaxa or warfarin? I have two metal bare stents and a history of atrial defibrillation.

What drug is superior pradaxa or warfarin? I have two metal bare stents and a history of atrial defibrillation.

Depends: Both are anticoagulants, and are used for prophylaxis in atrial fibrillation. Bare metal stents are better treated with Aspirin and plavix (clopidogrel). Between Pradaxa and warfarin, both are effective, with Pradaxa requiring no monitoring, but warfarin much less expensive. ...Read more

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If someone got a drug eluting metal stent in their heart, could it be replaced later with a dissolving stent so they become stent-free ultimately?

If someone got a drug eluting metal stent in their heart, could it be replaced later with a dissolving stent so they become stent-free ultimately?

No: Stents that are metal are not removable unfortunately and are permanently part of the blood vessel. Newer generation bio-absorbable stents do "dissolve" over a period of time but are not widely used at this point. ...Read more

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If a pt has 1 stent in their heart, can it be removed, or replaced with one of those new dissolving ones? Or is a metal stent permanent? Thank you.

If a pt has 1 stent in their heart, can it be removed, or replaced with one of those new dissolving ones?  Or is a metal stent permanent? Thank you.

Metal=permanent: Metal stents are permanent. Your arterial walls eventually grow around the stent and incorporate it into the artery. There is no removing it. ...Read more

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My grandmother had a plastic bile duct stent put in. It worked fine. Was replaced with metal yesterday and now is jaundice today. Is this normal?

My grandmother had a plastic bile duct stent put in. It worked fine. Was replaced with metal yesterday and now is jaundice today. Is this normal?

Check it out: If your grandmother was not jaundiced before the plastic stent was taken out, and now she is after the metal stent, then either something is wrong with the new stent or something else is causing the jaundice. The biliary blockage may be elsewhere. ...Read more

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What is a stent?

What is a stent?

Small metal coil: A coronary stent is a small metal coil, slotted tube, or mesh structure that is placed in an artery to keep it open. The stent is mounted on a balloon catheter and delivered to the site of the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands and is pressed against the inner wall of the coronary artery. The balloon is removed, and the stent remains in place, keeping the artery open. ...Read more

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