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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

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What could be the cause of a female 69 yr old fall without blacking out female has a stent in her heart for a blockage. Has had 1 heart attack. Has had breast cancer within the last 5 yrs. An had a breast removed an has been tested for heart problems now

What could be the cause of a female 69 yr old fall without blacking out female has a stent in her heart for a blockage. Has had 1 heart attack. Has had breast cancer within the last 5 yrs. An had a breast removed an has been tested for heart problems now

Needs more work up: This could be related to her heart and less likely her breast cancer but there are many other causes of a fall without blacking out. Breast cancer is probably the least likely but metastases to the brain can happen and may cause stroke-like symptoms that could cause a fall without passing out. However, this really is unlikely. She needs further work up. ...Read more

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I had heart stenting done. What can I expect?

I had heart stenting done. What can I expect?

What to expect: The most important thing after stent insertion is to continue taking both Aspirin and clopidogrel (or equivalent) until directed to stop. Next important thing is to begin healthy diet and cholesterol control. Cardiac rehab and exercise is crucial as prescribed by your provider. Watch for development of chest discomfort, shortness of breath or the symptoms you had prior to stent notify md asap. ...Read more

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Can I kickbox if I had a stent placed in my heart weeks ago?

Can I kickbox if I had a stent placed in my heart weeks ago?

Likely Yes: There are restrictions in the first 5-7 days because of the entry site (usually femoral artery). Unless you have had recent myocardial injury (heart attack), abnormal lv function (chf), or other cardiac condition you should have no restrictions 1 week after a stent. Check with your doc about your specific restrictions. ...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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What can happen if a heart stent closes?

Bad stuff: If a stent closes slowly (stenosis) or quickly (thrombosis) the net effect is the same. Reduced or complete absence of blood flow to the area that the stent is keeping open. That means that area will not get blood and infarct and die. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of placing heart stent?

What is the purpose of placing heart stent?

Stent: Coronary stent placement is done percutaneously (i.e. Through a small puncture in the groin or wrist) via an artery, and deploys a small tube/ mesh (the stent) in the blood vessels of the heart, in order to open up a blockage and keep that area open. It stays in your body indefinitely. Some stents are uncoated (bare metal), some are coated with medications in order to prevent further blockage. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of a heart stent and how is it administered.?

To open blockages: Most commonly "heart stents" are placed in the coronary arteries, the main blood vessels that feed the heart, because there are blockages which impair the efficient flow of blood to the heart muscle. These are delivered through tiny plastic tubes, called catheters, placed through a small needle puncture in the groin or in the arm. This is done under x-ray guidance. ...Read more

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How exactly is a heart stent implanted?

How exactly is a heart stent implanted?

Balloon: The stent is delivered through a catheter (small tube) to the coronary artery. The stent is delivered on a balloon which is put in position, balloon inflated, stent deployed, balloon deflated and the stent remains. ...Read more

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My heart output is 31%can it be improved without a stent?

Possibly: It all depends on the cause of your heart failure. If it is coronary artery disease, you may need to have stents placed in order to help your heart's blood supply and also your ejection fraction (heart output). If your heart failure has another cause (uncontrolled blood pressure, cardiomyopathy, valvular disease), those need to be treated adequately to help restore its function. ...Read more