- How long do you need to be on blood thinners after a stent?
- Can stents block up again?
- Is it normal to be tired after a stent?
- What to expect after having a stent put in?
- How serious is having a stent put in?
- Is a stent major surgery?
- Will I have more energy after a stent?
- How long does it take to recover after having a stent put in?
- Do and don’ts after stent?
- Does a stent shorten your life?
How long do you need to be on blood thinners after a stent?
People who have drug-eluting stents need to take medications, such as clopidogrel or ticagrelor, to reduce the risk of stent clotting for at least one year after the stent is inserted.
For most people with bare-metal stents, additional anti-clotting medication is only recommended for one month after stent placement..
Can stents block up again?
There is a chance that the artery will become narrowed or blocked again in time, often within six months of angioplasty. This is called restenosis. The illustration shows the restenosis of a stent-widened coronary artery.
Is it normal to be tired after a stent?
Symptoms will usually tell you if there’s a problem. Sometimes heart problems return after a stent procedure. If that happens, you usually have symptoms—like chest pain, fatigue, or shortness of breath. If you do have symptoms, a stress test can help your doctor see what’s going on.
What to expect after having a stent put in?
Share on Pinterest A person may have to rest for about a week after surgery. A successful stent surgery should reduce symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Many people may be able to return to work and most normal activities within a week of a successful stent surgery.
How serious is having a stent put in?
About 1% to 2% of people who have a stent may get a blood clot where the stent is placed. This can put you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Your risk of getting a blood clot is highest during the first few months after the procedure.
Is a stent major surgery?
A cardiac stent is used to treat narrowed or blocked coronary arteries. It can also be used to improve blood flow immediately following a heart attack. Cardiac stents are expandable coils made of metal mesh. Your doctor can insert one during a coronary angioplasty, a nonsurgical and minimally invasive procedure.
Will I have more energy after a stent?
Angioplasty widens or opens your narrowed or blocked arteries so that your blood can flow through your body normally. Your symptoms of heart disease, including trouble breathing and chest pain, will improve and you should have more energy.
How long does it take to recover after having a stent put in?
If you had a planned (non-emergency) coronary angioplasty, you should be able to return to work after a week. However, if you’ve had an emergency angioplasty following a heart attack, it may be several weeks or months before you recover fully and are able to return to work.
Do and don’ts after stent?
Don’t lift heavy objects. Avoid strenuous exercise. Avoid sexual activity for a week. Wait at least a week before swimming or bathing.
Does a stent shorten your life?
Summary: While the placement of stents in newly reopened coronary arteries has been shown to reduce the need for repeat angioplasty procedures, researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute have found that stents have no impact on mortality over the long term.