posted by Marjorie Hicks, 24 Feb 2002
I had 2 stents placed in my RCA. Two years later I had one in LCA. In the groin area where the doctor went in, I had a pseudoaneurysm, which had to be repaired by a heart surgeon. What would cause this to happen? Was it caused by the pressure applied after the angioplasty? Or what? Doctor seemed surprised when he was called back. He then told me it would be a small incision for the repair of the artery. I was cut about 7 inches or so. This was awful. Please comment on this. Thanks.
Hi Marjorie, I hope I can help. Sometimes pseudoaneurysms or similar complications can arise after angioplasty. There are a variety of reasons for this. During the procedure you will have been given blood thinning drugs which can make the artery more likely to bleed where it has been punctured. Other things like blood pressure, how the small plastic tube was inserted or removed and how long you were immobilized also could play a role. Don't worry though, you are over the worst. I know you are surprised about the size of the incision but there is no way of knowing how large the pseudoaneurysm is until the incision is made. Unfortunately, it is one of the complications of puncturing the artery, luckily it was picked up in time to repair it. I hope this helps. Regards.
Andrina Hargreaves, Prince Sultan Cardiac Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 26 Feb 2002

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