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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Heart Stent (Overview)

A heart stent is a small, 2.25-4.5 mm diameter (when expanded) stainless steel tube. The walls are cut with a laser, into varying patterns due to patent designs. They are compressed onto a balloon catheter that is advanced over a very small wire, (0.014" diam.) to the site of blockage, then the balloon is inflated with liquid, deploying the stent, at pressures up to 10-20 psi. It won't move.


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Whats heart stent recovery time?

Whats heart stent recovery time?

Short: If the stent is placed in electively (and not for myocardial infarction), recovery is quite short. We tell our patients not to walk a long distance, lift anything heavy, or drive a car for 2 days. They are also instructed not to submerge the puncture site in the leg for one week. Showers are okay. ...Read more

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Dr. Andrew Seibert
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Heart Stent (Overview)

A heart stent is a small, 2.25-4.5 mm diameter (when expanded) stainless steel tube. The walls are cut with a laser, into varying patterns due to patent designs. They are compressed onto a balloon catheter that is advanced over a very small wire, (0.014" diam.) to the site of blockage, then the balloon is inflated with liquid, deploying the stent, at pressures up to 10-20 psi. It won't move.


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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Tip)

Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease

Check with your cardiologist to get evaluation for heart disease and risk of getting stroke. ...See more

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Treating an Abnormal Heart Rhythm (Checklist)

Make healthy lifestyle choices
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Stop smoking and avoid second-hand smoke
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Avoid excessive amounts of caffeine and alcohol
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How long does the heart stent take?

How long does the heart stent take?

Minutes: A cardiac catheterization is a procedure in which a cardiologist will place a stent and usually takes only a few minutes. Usually the whole procedure will last an hour or hour and a half. ...Read more

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When should I have heart stent replaced?

When should I have heart stent replaced?

Never: Once a stent is placed in the coronary artery, it can never be removed. If the stent re narrows, which sometimes happens, a second stent can be placed inside the first which we call a "stent sandwich". Some cases of renarrowing cannot be stented and require bypass surgery. ...Read more

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Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease (Tip)

Managing Peripheral Vascular Disease

Stick with grilled and baked chicken and fish to reduce fatty intake for improved heart health. ...See more

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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
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Take medications as prescribed
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Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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What can happen if a heart stent closes?

What can happen if a heart stent closes?

Bad stuff: If a stent closes slowly (stenosis) or quickly (thrombosis) the net effect is the same. Reduced or complete absence of blood flow to the area that the stent is keeping open. That means that area will not get blood and infarct and die. ...Read more

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Recovery time after having a heart stent?

Recovery time after having a heart stent?

2-4 days: It's not technically major surgery but it is a serious procedure. Some patients go home following day, some stay 2-3 days. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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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