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Heart Stent (Definition)

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


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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.

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What can happen if a heart stent closes?

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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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Angiogram and heart stent the same thing?

Angiogram and heart stent the same thing?

No: They are often performed at the same time, but the angiogram is much safer, just injecting liquid dye into the artery (a diagnostic procedure). The stent is a therapeutic procedure that is higher risk of complications (death, bleeding, heart attack, and stroke).

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Is cpr safe on someone with a heart stent?

Is cpr safe on someone with a heart stent?

Probably: Anyone needing CPR is in a life and death situation which requires whatever means necessary to save that person. Damaging an indwelling stent is not likely, but anything is possible, and can be repaired if the individual survives.

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Why is heart stent made from stainless steel?

Why is heart stent made from stainless steel?

To prevent body from: Reacting to it. Stainless steel is inert, and won't provoke a rejection response. Actually, most modern day stents are now made of an alloy containing platinum and chromium.

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Do I need another heart stent for a 50% blockage?

Do I need another heart stent for a 50% blockage?

Any symptoms?: If you're having no symptoms, it's doubtful that a stent would be helpful (and there's trouble and expense, as you know). There's no good evidence that coronary intervention in people without symptoms has any beneficial effects.

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Do you think I should I have heart stent replaced? Is it dangerous?

Do you think I should I have heart stent replaced? Is it dangerous?

No: It is a fairly commonly done procedure. Your cardiologist can advise you regarding the need and risks of procedure.

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After a heart stent, why am I prescribed sartel 20 even when my BP is normal?

After a heart stent, why am I prescribed sartel 20 even when my BP is normal?

Can ask the doctor: Sartel is telmisartan, a drug used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Telmisartan is also used by doctors to decrease the chance of heart attack, stroke, or death in people who are at high risk for cardiovascular disease. There may be other, more individualized, reasons a doctor is giving a patient sartel.

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What's heart stent recovery time?

What's heart stent recovery time?

Short: If the stent is placed in electively (and not for myocardial infarction), recovery is quite short. We tell our patients not to walk a long distance, lift anything heavy, or drive a car for 2 days. They are also instructed not to submerge the puncture site in the leg for one week. Showers are okay.

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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.

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Recovery time after having a heart stent?

Recovery time after having a heart stent?

2-4 days: It's not technically major surgery but it is a serious procedure. Some patients go home following day, some stay 2-3 days.

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Why am I experiencing pain after heart stent?

Why am I experiencing pain after heart stent?

There is a: Possiblity that you are having closure of your stent. You should not be stoping your Plavix (clopidogrel) without discussions with your physician. You should see your doctor asap.

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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.

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I want to know what's the purpose of a heart stent?

I want to know what's the purpose of a heart stent?

Stent: A coronary artery stent is a device inserted into a coronary artery to help hold the blood vessel open so that it doesn't re close after it is opened by a balloon.

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Should I change my diet after a heart stent is done?

CAD post-MI diet: Yes. Take the attitude that regardless of my dietary habits in the past, a heart attack occurred and your diet shd be improved to reduce saturated fat intake and optimize improved fat and sugar content. Choosing lean protein ounces rich in omega-3 fish oils (particularly fish), ith more fruits and vegetables. Olive oil will be helpful to cook with.

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