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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?

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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