Quick Answer: Does A Stent Shorten Your Life?

Do stents wear out?

Eventually, the stent becomes part of the artery wall.

When the healing process is excessive, the new tissue can close off the space inside the stent and block blood flow.

This is called in-stent restenosis.

It almost always happens within the first six months..

What happens if a 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.

Can you live a normal life after a heart 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?

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 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.

How long after stent Do you feel better?

The recovery time is also a lot shorter. It only takes a few days to recover from stenting, while you may take six weeks or longer to recover from bypass surgery.

How many stents can a person get?

In answer to your first question, in some cases doctors can place two or even three stents during one procedure. There are, however, cases in which the cardiologist will want to place one and then place a second or even a third stent in a later procedure.

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.

How long can you live with stents?

An angioplasty, in which the narrowed blockage of the artery is opened with the inflation of a balloon usually, precedes the placing of the stent. Stents were first used in the early 1980s, and some people with those original stents are still doing just fine nearly 30 years later.

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.

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.

How often should a heart stent be checked?

Your doctor wants to check blockages that weren’t severe enough to treat when your stent was inserted. Your doctor can do this with a single test. You don’t usually need yearly tests. You have had multiple heart procedures in the past, such as stents after a bypass surgery.