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Is the sirolimus eluting stent better?

Is the sirolimus eluting stent better?

Better: Then bare stent? Yes. Good patency rates. Be sure to take your Plavix (clopidogrel) or Effient after. I have one in my lad. ...Read more

Dr. Jon Fishburn
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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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Drug-coated cardiac stents safety?

Drug-coated cardiac stents safety?

Watch your platelets: You need two anti platelet drugs to protect from the stents getting thrombosis with blood clots. The length of time required keeps getting shorter and shorter. A thrombosed stent is a heart attack. ...Read more

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What is the time of restenosis after angioplasty (with drug eluting stents)?

What is the time of restenosis after angioplasty (with drug eluting stents)?

Can : Form restenosis at about 9 months so need to be checked. After that they can last several years. Need follow up. Make sure to take your blood thinner. ...Read more

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What is the time of restenosis after angioplasty if drug eluting stents?

What is the time of restenosis after angioplasty if drug eluting stents?

See below: The highest risk of restenosis is during the first month after stent placement. The risk of restenosis of drug eluting stents is about 10% vs bare metal stents of about 30%. After one year restenosis is much less common. Risk factors for restenosis include diabetes, small vessels stented, long lesions stented and multiple stents placed. ...Read more

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What is the best stent for angioplasty? "Xience stent" or "resolute integrity stent"?

What is the best stent for angioplasty? "Xience stent" or "resolute integrity stent"?

Stent: You need to discuss stents with your interventional cardiologist. The various stents available have subtle differences which make different operators prefer different stents. There is no stent which has markedly better results than the others. ...Read more

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Can dual antiplatelet therapy (ASA + Plavix) last 3 months only? One stent Xience V on LAD.

No: with a Xience you need at least 6 months of DAP. No compromises on that PLEASE, until unless your doctors have told you something otherwise.. ...Read more

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How is a renal artery stent restenosis done?

How is a renal artery stent restenosis done?

Place new stent: In old stent. Sometimes need a covered stent. Others just balloon again. ...Read more

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Side effects after stent implanted in heart artery?

Side effects after stent  implanted in heart artery?

2 main ones: The 2 main problems with stents after placement are: 1) stent thrombosis where the stent clots off abruptly causing heart attack and risk of death, and 2) renarrowing of the stent. Renarrowing occurs in 5% of medicated stents and approximately 20% of unmedicated stents. ...Read more

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Is smoking THC after having a coronary stent system (paclitaxel-eluting) bad?

Is smoking THC after having a coronary stent system (paclitaxel-eluting) bad?

Smoking in CAD: Secondary prevention guidelines emphasize smoking cessation for good reason. One's chance of a future cardiac event is worsened by continuing to smoke. Since someone with a stent already knows that they are at higher future risk (they are compared with someone without CAD history) then doing everything possible to reduce thy risk (like quitting smoking) is important. ...Read more

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Medicated stent vs. Non medicated stent? Any thoughts on this decision?

Medicated stent vs. Non medicated stent?  Any thoughts on this decision?

Depends on location: Stents are used to treat various amounts of blockage. There are locations that develop restenosis more than others after treatment with balloons and stents. Medicated stents are designed to prevent this restenosis. In smaller vessels such as heart vessels there is a proven benefit. In larger, peripheral vessels no benefit has been shown compared to regular stents. So it depends. ...Read more

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How effective is clopidogrel (Plavix) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

How effective is clopidogrel (Plavix) for treating coronary artery disease (CAD)?

An important tool: CLopidogrel reduces the incidence of both heart attack and stroke. TI helps by reducing the 'stickiness" of platelets which are essential for clot to form. IT is one of several drugs, including aspirin, that can function in this way. Patients who have not have stents can take either of these with good results. Patients with stents usually take both aspirin and clopidogrel for at least 3-6 months ...Read more

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After 1 year on plavix (clopidogrel) and aspirin for 2 stents for LAD will a patient usuaaly discontinue the plavix (clopidogrel).(diabetic also)?

After 1 year on plavix (clopidogrel) and aspirin for 2 stents for LAD will a patient usuaaly discontinue the plavix (clopidogrel).(diabetic also)?

Yes: Most would recommend 12 months of Aspirin and clopidogrel after coronary stent, followed by Aspirin indefinitely. In some patients shorter or longer duration of treatment with both may be recommended. ...Read more

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In what sense the new plavix (clopidogrel) replacement drug is better for CAD patients?

In what sense the new plavix (clopidogrel) replacement drug is better for CAD patients?

More potent: Plavix (clopidogrel) now has competitor drugs. Effient (prasugrel) is more potent at inhibiting platelets, which prevents clots, but this also leads to higher bleeding risk (double-edged sword). Ticagrelor is another agent with proven benefits similar to Plavix (i.e. Heart attack risk reduction), and seems to be more potent without increasing bleeding, but verdict is out still. ...Read more

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What is Plavix (clopidogrel) used for?

↓ Blood Clotting: Plavix (clopidogrel) inhibits platelets (usually the first step in blood clotting) from becoming activated: sticking to tissue, attracting other platelets to stick & activating the 12 clotting proteins (which act in a chain reaction) to form thrombin which polymerizes & ties everything together into clots. Plavix (clopidogrel) has no affect on blood viscosity; it is an anti-coagulant; it does not thin blood viscosity. ...Read more

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Why can't plavix (clopidogrel) be injected?

Liver activation: Plavix (clopidogrel) is a pro-drug which is inactive. upon oral administration, Plavix (clopidogrel) is activated in the liver to become the active drug, injection of Plavix (clopidogrel) will bypass the liver activation of phase of the drug. clinical studies of Plavix (clopidogrel) were done with oral administration, there are however other medications used in the hospital setting that are injectable, however used in the setting of heart attacks ...Read more

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What is percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (ptca)?

What is percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (ptca)?

Heart vessel therapy: Percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) is the opening of blocked heart arteries with a balloon. An artery is stuck and a wire is passed in the system until reaching the heart arteries. A balloon is passed over the wire to the area of blockage and inflated. The blockage is flattened but it can return. So most patients actually get stents placed. Stents require blood thinners. ...Read more

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Which is more severe: stents or quadruple coronary artery bypass?

Which is more severe: stents or quadruple coronary artery bypass?

Severe: Generally the more disease the more likely we are to do bypass rather than multiple stents. This is not a universal truth however. ...Read more