How long does a bare metal stent last?

How long does a bare metal stent last?

What is the typical lifespan of a stent? Stents are small tubes inserted into your body to reopen a narrowed artery. They are made to be permanent — once a stent is placed, it’s there to stay. In cases when a stented coronary artery does re-narrow, it usually happens within 1 to 6 months after placement.

How long should I take my Plavix after stenting?

Patients with stable coronary disease: Plavix combined with aspirin, called dual anti-platelet therapy or DAPT, reduce the risk of stent thrombosis which can result in myocardial infarction and death. After implantation of a bare metal stent, the risk of stent thrombosis is highest in the 1st few days to weeks after implant.

Which is better, Ticlid or Plavix for stenting?

Thereafter, Plavix or clopidogrel was favored over Ticlid because of better tolerance and decreased risk of neutropenia. Multi center trials clearly demonstrated the benefit of using dual anti-platelet (DAPT) consisting of aspirin and Plavix as superior to Coumadin or aspirin alone.

What kind of blood thinners can you take after a stent?

A. When people receive stents (the tiny metal mesh tubes that help open narrowed arteries), doctors routinely prescribe aspirin along with another medication that prevents clots. These drugs include clopidogrel (Plavix), prasugrel (Effient), and ticagrelor (Brilinta).

How does a stent open up an artery?

When a stent is implanted inside an artery, it opens up the blockage and acts as a scaffold to hold the artery open. This improves the blood flow to the heart muscle and consequently, relieves myocardial ischemia induced with exercise and usually relieves angina symptoms.

How does Plavix reduce the risk of a stent?

Dec. 5, 2006 — The blood thinner Plavix may reduce the rare but deadly risks of drug-coated stents, but major questions remain, according to new research. Stents are tiny mesh tubes used to prop open an artery after a balloon angioplasty opens a clog. Bare-metal stents sometimes clog.

When did they put me on Plavix for heart attack?

For Heart Attack: “Suffered heart attack 12 years ago, then 2 weeks ago suffered severe angina, got scared went to the ER, they ran tests and told me my arteries were severely clogged, need stents put in me, had the stents put in, they put me on Plavix told me I would be on it for life.

Which is the best stent to take after clopidogrel?

Effient is a very expensive brand-name-only option, so if for some reason you have a problem taking clopidogrel you can use Effient. The preferred regimen after bare metal or drug-eluting stent is: aspirin 75 to 100 mg + clopidogrel 75 mg daily. If you are on Effient the dose is 10 mg once daily + aspirin.

How are stents used to treat blocked arteries?

Stents are usually metal mesh tubes inserted during PCI, a procedure that widens the blocked artery by temporarily inserting and inflating a tiny balloon. Stents help prevent the artery from becoming blocked again (restenosis). Even with stents, arteries can sometimes become blocked again.