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How Long Do Heart Stents Last
Variable: Stents are used to treat blockages caused by atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries). Stents don't cure the disease but treat a problem caused by the disaese. So you can still make new blockages. The older stents could fail early with new blockages inside them. The newer stents have drugs in them to reduce this from happening. But I have seen patients open stents even 20 yrs out. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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