Question: How Serious Is Having A Stent Put In?

How long does it take to recover from having a stent put in?

Recovery from angioplasty and stenting is typically brief.

Discharge from the hospital is usually 12 to 24 hours after the catheter is removed.

Many patients are able to return to work within a few days to a week after a procedure..

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.

Is it painful to have a stent put in?

You might feel pressure in the area where the catheter is inserted. You may also feel some mild discomfort when the balloon is inflated and your artery is stretched, but typically you shouldn’t feel any sharp pain during the procedure.

What to expect after a stent is put in?

They may be able to return to light, routine activities during the first few days after the procedure. Bruising or discoloration may occur at the catheter insertion site, as well as soreness when pressure is applied, and patients can expect to feel more tired than usual for a few days.

How can you tell if a stent is failing?

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.

How long can you live with a stent?

Even though drug eluting stents have a higher re-obstruction rate, most studies go only four to five years after stenting and indicate that the risk of re-obstruction is generally about 1 to 2 percent for either type of stent.

Which is better stent or bypass?

“For three-vessel coronary disease, bypass now has been shown to be superior to stenting, with the possible exception of some cases in which the narrowing in the artery is very short,” Cutlip says. “But by and large the debate is settled that bypass surgery is better.”

Will I feel better after a stent?

It can also improve symptoms of heart disease, such as chest pain (angina) and shortness of breath. In many cases, you will feel the benefits immediately. In some cases, stenting may eliminate your need for coronary bypass surgery. Stenting is much less invasive than bypass surgery.

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.

What not to eat with a stent?

Foods such as bread, toast, egg, fish with bones, pithy fruit (orange, grapefruit, pineapple), stringy vegetables (green beans, celery), salad items, raw vegetables and chips may cause your stent to block.

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.

Can you live a normal life after 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.

Does a stent reduce life expectancy?

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.