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How long do heart stents last?

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

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

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 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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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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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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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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After a heart attack and stent, how long before someone should be able to part in strenuous activity?

After a heart attack and stent, how long before someone should be able to part in strenuous activity?

Depends: cardiac rehabilitation is used in those with coronary artery disease. Your question is dependent on a number of factors and there isn't a simple answer. People can have what's called silent ischemia depending on risk factors thus it is tough to tell withy certainty what is considered too strenuous for ones health. I would discuss this with your cardiologist. Define strenuous with them. ...Read more

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2 yr back I had a stent taking drug for BP and cholesterol.my heart ef is 30 pc. I am 63,doing normal physical activities. How long I can carry on?

2 yr back I had a stent taking drug for BP and cholesterol.my heart ef is 30 pc. I am 63,doing  normal physical activities. How long I can carry on?

A long time!: No one knows for sure, but your prospects are certainly good! With today's medicstions, close monitoring of your heart disease, and healthy living (no smoking, eating right, exercise) you can live a happy life for many many years! Talk with your cardiologist about ongoing reassessment of your EF. If it remains depressed below 35% chronically then you may increase your chances with a defibrillator ...Read more

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Need to know if my husband can take omeprazole after he got a stent in his heart last year and only on asprin?

Need to know if my husband can take omeprazole after he got a stent in his heart last year and only on asprin?

Yes, BUT ...: The reason for the "qualified" yes full of caveats is that the symptoms you both are attributing to acid reflux or gerd could also be a serious and life-threatening re-presentation of his cardiac disease. Given that he falls into the category of "known disease" (has a stent), you need to be extra careful that this deathly mimic is not really recurrence. I don't often say this, but he needs an er. ...Read more

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I had undergone an angioplasty and stent after I had a mild heart attack in aug 2007. Why long should I feel low energy level.?

I had undergone an angioplasty and stent after I had a mild heart attack in aug 2007. Why long should I feel low energy level.?

Not this long.: If the angioplasty and stenting were successful and it was truly a minor mi, you should have your strength back by now. You may be de-conditioned or there is some degree of heart failure following the mi or another unrelated cause for your lack of energy. Please follow up with your cardiologist! ...Read more

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Drug eluting stent placed due to heart attack. Last night began having sharp pain middle of chest. Not like heart attack pain. Lasts seconds then gone?

Drug eluting stent placed due to heart attack. Last night began having sharp pain middle of chest. Not like heart attack pain. Lasts seconds then gone?

Chest pain-To Dr Now: Call your doctor now and tell them what is happening. If you cannot reach the doctor, go to the ER. Stents can develop blockages, especially if you forget to take your medications. Do not drive yourself if you are having pain. Call the ambulance if there is nobody to drive you. ...Read more

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Had a drug eluting stent placed due to heart attack on Feb 27 this year. Last night started having sharp pain in center of chest. Lasts for 20-30 seco?

Chest pain post sten: Was the pain similar to the pain you had in the past, before the stent placement? You must see the cardiologist that placed the stents, I may be an early symptom of partial stent occlusion. Give him a call, and follow his advise. ...Read more

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N-Terminal Pro B-type Natriuretic Peptide Test value of my mother is 3670. What does it mean? Last year she had a heart attack and stenting.

N-Terminal Pro B-type  Natriuretic Peptide Test value of my mother is  3670. What does it mean? Last year she had a heart attack and stenting.

BNP: again this peptide is elevated in patients with volume overload and suggests the possibility of decompensated congestive heart failure in the appropriate clinical setting..this number is elevated...your mother should be seen by a cardiologist ...Read more

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Husband had stent last year. Now has same symptoms, radiating chest pain, dizziness. Had a clear angiogram and EKG 1 week ago. Danger of heart attack?

Husband had stent last year. Now has same symptoms, radiating chest pain, dizziness. Had a clear angiogram and EKG 1 week ago. Danger of heart attack?

With known coronary: disease (previous stent) there is always the possibility for heart attack but it should be considerably lower with a normal recent angiogram and EKG. Contact your husband's health care provider and discuss your concerns. He/she will have a better idea of what to advise for management since he/she has the whole picture. ...Read more