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What's heart stent recovery time?

What's 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

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Heart Stent (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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Why am I experiencing pain after heart stent?

Why am I experiencing pain after heart stent?

There is a: Possiblity that you are having closure of your stent. You should not be stoping your Plavix (clopidogrel) without discussions with your physician. You should see your doctor asap. ...Read more

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I want to know what's the purpose of a heart stent?

I want to know what's the purpose of a heart stent?

Stent: A coronary artery stent is a device inserted into a coronary artery to help hold the blood vessel open so that it doesn't re close after it is opened by a balloon. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: heart stent?

Expand. Steel tube..: 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. ...Read more

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How exactly is a heart stent implanted?

How exactly is a heart stent implanted?

Balloon: The stent is delivered through a catheter (small tube) to the coronary artery. The stent is delivered on a balloon which is put in position, balloon inflated, stent deployed, balloon deflated and the stent remains. ...Read more

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Angiogram and heart stent the same thing?

Angiogram and heart stent the same thing?

No: They are often performed at the same time, but the angiogram is much safer, just injecting liquid dye into the artery (a diagnostic procedure). The stent is a therapeutic procedure that is higher risk of complications (death, bleeding, heart attack, and stroke). ...Read more

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Is cpr safe on someone with a heart stent?

Is cpr safe on someone with a heart stent?

Probably: Anyone needing CPR is in a life and death situation which requires whatever means necessary to save that person. Damaging an indwelling stent is not likely, but anything is possible, and can be repaired if the individual survives. ...Read more

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Why is heart stent made from stainless steel?

Why is heart stent made from stainless steel?

To prevent body from: Reacting to it. Stainless steel is inert, and won't provoke a rejection response. Actually, most modern day stents are now made of an alloy containing platinum and chromium. ...Read more

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Do I need another heart stent for a 50% blockage?

Do I need another heart stent for a 50% blockage?

Any symptoms?: If you're having no symptoms, it's doubtful that a stent would be helpful (and there's trouble and expense, as you know). There's no good evidence that coronary intervention in people without symptoms has any beneficial effects. ...Read more

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Do you think I should I have heart stent replaced? Is it dangerous?

Do you think I should I have heart stent replaced? Is it dangerous?

No: It is a fairly commonly done procedure. Your cardiologist can advise you regarding the need and risks of procedure. ...Read more

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After a heart stent, why am I prescribed sartel 20 even when my BP is normal?

After a heart stent, why am I prescribed sartel 20 even when my BP is normal?

Can ask the doctor: Sartel is telmisartan, a drug used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Telmisartan is also used by doctors to decrease the chance of heart attack, stroke, or death in people who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. There may be other, more individualized, reasons a doctor is giving a patient Sartel. ...Read more

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Which ny hospital has the best record for heart stent implenmentation?

Which ny hospital has the best record for heart stent implenmentation?

No such thing: As a practicing cardiologist in the nyc area, I can answer from personal experience. At each major hospital, there are both extremely talented interventional cardiologists (those who implant stents), as well as plenty who leave much to be desired. You should not look for a specific "heart hospital", but rather a doc who others tell you can be trusted to treat each patient like his own family. ...Read more

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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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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

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What is the purpose of placing heart stent?

What is the purpose of placing heart stent?

Stent: Coronary stent placement is done percutaneously (i.e. Through a small puncture in the groin or wrist) via an artery, and deploys a small tube/ mesh (the stent) in the blood vessels of the heart, in order to open up a blockage and keep that area open. It stays in your body indefinitely. Some stents are uncoated (bare metal), some are coated with medications in order to prevent further blockage. ...Read more

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Please explain how long does a heart stent last?

Please explain how long does a heart stent last?

Carduiac stent: It depends upon type of stent, site of stent, size of stent and multiple other risk factors. There is no predictability. ...Read more

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Should I change my diet after a heart stent is done?

CAD post-MI diet: Yes. Take the attitude that regardless of my dietary habits in the past, a heart attack occurred and your diet shd be improved to reduce saturated fat intake and optimize improved fat and sugar content. Choosing lean protein ounces rich in omega-3 fish oils (particularly fish), ith more fruits and vegetables. Olive oil will be helpful to cook with. ...Read more

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Heart stent question please help me find how to research it?

Heart stent question please help me find how to research it?

Go to either ACC/AHA: You go to american heart association for explanation in layman info band go to american college of cardiology for professional info. ...Read more

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Can you shock someone with an aed even if he has a heart stent?

Can you shock someone with an aed even if he has a heart stent?

Yes: Having a stent does not preclude use of any electrical devices, including aed. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a heart stent and how is it administered.?

To open blockages: Most commonly "heart stents" are placed in the coronary arteries, the main blood vessels that feed the heart, because there are blockages which impair the efficient flow of blood to the heart muscle. These are delivered through tiny plastic tubes, called catheters, placed through a small needle puncture in the groin or in the arm. This is done under x-ray guidance. ...Read more

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Is it possible to shock someone with an aed if they have a heart stent?

Yes: The presence of a heart stent has no effect on the function of a defibrillator. ...Read more

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How long will a drug-eluted heart stent last before a new one is needed again?

6 months: The highest risk of stent renarrowing is in the first 6 months. If you get through the first 6 months without a problem, the rate of renarrowing falls dramatically. Overall, the rate of renarrowing for medicated stents is 5% in for an medicated stents 20%. ...Read more

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How long do I have to wait before I can drive after having a heart stent fitted?

How long do I have to wait before I can drive after having a heart stent fitted?

1-7 days: If it was done through the wrist, (radial artery approach), you should be able to drive in 1 day. If done through the groin (femoral artery approach) you should wait about a week. If you have to stop suddenly in an emergency and really hit the brakes hard, you could pop the plug in the femoral artery and have a serious emergency. ...Read more

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How long does a heart stent last for? Are they supposed to be replaced at some point?

How long does a heart stent last for? Are they supposed to be replaced at some point?

Your whole life: Stents are for life. They become embedded in the wall of an artery. If a blockage develops in the stent there are a variety of methods for dealing with this. It would never be replaced... One has to work around it. ...Read more

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After receiving a heart stent, how long do you have to wait before you can drive again?

Stent: Length of time to driving post stent depends on the individual and their response to the procedure. If everything went well and the patient is without symptoms or procedural complications by day 3, sometimes day 2 could be driving. ...Read more

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My husband had a heart stent placed in his heart last friday? Is there a chance it could just block up?

My husband had a heart stent placed in his heart last friday? Is there a chance it could just block up?

Yes.: Chance is low if one takes meds as prescribed. Should in all likelihood be taking clopidogrel, prasugrel, or another anti platelet agent. These are the kinds of questions you should discuss with your doctor before and after stent placement. Your husband may have had this discussion for you! ...Read more

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What symptoms would a person display if the body is rejecting a heart stent? It was placed 2 weeks ago and my friend is not well.

What symptoms would a person display if the body is rejecting a heart stent? It was placed 2 weeks ago and my friend is not well.

Chest pain is likely: If the stent is clogging then person might have chest pains, shortness of breath, fatigue, chest discomfort, etc. Do not wait, have him talk to his cardiologist. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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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