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

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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself daily. Alert doctor to any increases.
Daily
Take medications as prescribed
Once
Tell the doctor if your legs swell or you get short of breath
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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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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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Weigh yourself
Weekly
Limit your salt intake
Once
Call your doctor if you gain more than 5 pounds
Once
Take your medications as prescribed
Once
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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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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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Living with Congestive Heart Failure (Checklist)

Keep doctor visits
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Take medications
Daily
Maintain low-salt, low-water intake
Once
Exercise under physician guidance
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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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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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Cardiac (Definition)

Cardiac is also known as Heart. Cardiac translates literally to "heart, " and any place the term is seen, such ...Read more

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