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Heart Stint Or Stent
Depends: When blood flow is sufficiently reduced by a greater than 70% blockage of an artery or arteries, to the point of permanent damage or weaknening of the heart muscle, or when a plaque ruptures and a blood clot repeatedly forms with resulting blockage of blood flow, then an artery needs to be stented, or bypassed. ...Read more
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
What is likelyhood of having heart attack or angina after angioplasty (balloon) & stent placed on main artery?
Angioplasty/stent : Heart attack is not necessarily prevented by angioplasty or stent. We do treat the underlying disease aggressively as well as dual anti platelet therapy to prevent stent thrombosis. If you smoke it negates much of the treatment. Most people do well after angioplasty and stenting. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Husband had a quadruple bypass. Experiencing increased angina, had angio today to put stent in.Instead, radial artery not functioning?
Not sure: Not sure what you mean by radial artery not functioning. Was there a failed attempt at radial puncture? Was the radial artery used as bypass graft? Radial artery has mostly been abandoned as an option for bypass graft and is only used as a last resort. Please clarify. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: Atherosclerosis can occur in any arteries in the body. The most prevalent are cardiac, extremity, and cerebral. In addition, people die from their co- morbidities, such as lung problems, cancer, etc. If you have coronary atherosclerosis, you have a higher chance of dying from that, but not exclusively from that. ...Read more
Depends: Depends on where the stenosis is and what your overall medical issues are. Also, it depends on the condition of your blood vessels. ...Read more
After a heart attack I had 6 stents placed in my right coronay artery. Is it plavix (clopidogrel) forever now?
Cardiac catherization showed100% blockage in LAD & other(oy has collateral). Do i need immediately cabg, robotic assisted bypass, or just medicine now?
It depends: CABG gives good revascularization with durable, dependable results for most. The risks are dependent on other factors heart and lung and kidney function. If you are stable, work with your doctors to be in the best shape before procedures. The specific coronary anatomy, distal target sites help us guide the choices. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Better: If you were having cardiac pain (Angina) you will have relief of the pain after stenting. Otherwise you will feel normal. Try not to be too anxious about this issue. It is common practice and safe in experienced hands. Trust your physicians to have your best interest foremost in their concern. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stent: What you describe isn't adequate to be sure what is going on. In the situation you describe it is best to consult the physicians who know the patient and the specifics of the patients status. It is possible that concern is appropriate and also possible that a lower level of concern is a appropriate, from here, no knowing. ...Read more
Can I ride a roller coaster 3 years after having a heart attack due to blockage of the right coronary artery and getting stents implanted?
Enjoy ride: Hope you are not doing the tallest and fastest roller coaster. ...Read more
Healthy?: I assume you want to know about the risks, in the right hands cardiac catheterization and angioplasty are very safe procedures. We typically quote a risk of death or stroke or possibly heart attack at less than one in one hundred thousand, other minor issues like bleeding from the access site or infection in the site are more common, but still not very common at all. ...Read more
Renal Angioplasty: Angioplasty is balloon revascularization. Usual approach is 2mm incision in the femoral artery at groin, sheath inserted, followed by the cannulation of the artery with a catheter. Dye is injected to locate area in need of angioplasty. Balloon over a wire via the catheter & when in place is inflated to an appropriate pressure. The balloon is removed and then stent deployed and inflated at stenosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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