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Drug-eluting stents

Traditional stent placement has eliminated many of the complications of artery closure, however, does not prevent restenosis (renarrowing). Restenosis is not a recurrence of coronary artery disease but actually is the body’s response to an injury. A drug-eluting stent is a metal stent that has been coated with an agent to help reduce narrowing or reblockage of arteries after procedures such as angioplasty. These stents have been successful in reducing restenosis.

What to expect during this procedure

  • During angioplasty, a small, expandable wire-mesh stent is permanently inserted into the artery.
  • The balloon is placed inside the stent and inflated.
  • The stent is then opened and pushed into place against the artery wall to keep the narrowed artery open.
  • Because the stent is a mesh-like cylinder, the cells lining the blood vessel are able to grow through and around the stent, helping to secure it.

What to expect after this procedure

  • You will be moved to an area where your heart rate, pulse and blood pressure will be closely monitored.
  • In addition to aspirin, your physician will prescribe an anti-clotting drug for up to six months after the procedure. This medication helps prevent the blood from reacting to the stent by thickening and clogging up the newly expanded artery (thrombosis).
  • A smooth, thin layer of cells grows over the stent during this period, incorporating the device into the artery and reducing the tendency for clotting.
  • Pain is minimal and recovery is rapid. You usually can start walking within 4 to 8 hours after the procedure.
  • For most procedures the average hospital stay is one to two days.

Returning home
If you have any questions about your care after you return home, call your physician’s office.

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