Heart Stents

@dixie1 (1330)
United States
May 19, 2007 4:15pm CST
Just found out a good friend of mine had 3 stents put in around his heart. Does this sound like a serious condition?
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20 May 07
A stent is a wire metal mesh tube used to prop open an artery during angioplasty. The stent is collapsed to a small diameter and put over a balloon catheter. It's then moved into the area of the blockage. When the balloon is inflated, the stent expands, locks in place and forms a scaffold. This holds the artery open. The stent stays in the artery permanently, holds it open, improves blood flow to the heart muscle and relieves symptoms (usually chest pain). Within a few weeks of the time the stent was placed, the inside lining of the artery (the endothelium) grows over the metal surface of the stent. Patients who've had a stent procedure must take one or more blood-thinning agents. Examples are aspirin and clopidogrel. These medications help reduce the risk of a blood clot developing in the stent and blocking the artery. For more information visit the following link http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4721
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• United States
20 May 07
Yes, any heart surgery isn't done "voluntarily." Sounds like your friend is having issues. Please encourage them to live a healthy lifestyle.
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@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
19 May 07
My uncle had this done earlier in the year. It's done when the arteries start to get clogged up. The stents help keep the arteries open to prevent a heart attack. I think your friend's condition would be a lot more serious if he didn't have the stents put in.
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16 Jun 07
I've never heard of stents.. Could be a uk thing but generally anything to do with the heart should be taken seriously and is serious. (least that's how i think of it) ~Joey
@RosieS57 (889)
• United States
20 May 07
A stent, in general, is easier on the person than by-pass surgery is. If the stents work (it's rather common to have stents that clog up) then the person can do very well. If not, they will need to have the by-pass surgery the stents are meant to avoid. By-pass is where arteries from the legs are stitched into the heart to by-pass (go around) clogged or damaged areas. Here's hoping that stents are the right thing for your friend. For quite a few they are!