Quick Answer: How Long Do Stents Usually Last?

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?

Having a stent placed is a minimally invasive procedure, meaning it is not a major surgery. Stents for coronary arteries and carotid arteries are placed in similar ways. A stent graft is placed to treat an aneurysm in a procedure called aortic aneurysm repair.

Does having a stent shorten your life?

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.

Can you live a normal life after having a stent?

It’s important to remember that you can live a full and active life with a coronary stent. You can find some general guidelines about returning to working, resuming your everyday activities and making some heart-healthy lifestyle changes below.

Can stents block up again?

Stents help prevent the artery from becoming blocked again (restenosis). Even with stents, arteries can sometimes become blocked again. Drug-eluting stents can make this less likely to happen.

What are the signs of stent failure?

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 happens when stent fails?

Without that protective sheath, blood clots can form on the stent, creating a problem known as stent thrombosis. That’s why people who receive a stent take anti-clotting drugs to minimize the risk of a clot forming inside the stent.

How often should a heart stent be checked?

After a PCI, the patient should be followed up both by the primary care physician and by the cardiologist one week after the procedure, and then every three to six months for the first year.

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.

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 many heart stents can a person have?

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