Risk of Heart Attack During or After Angioplasty
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Jim -- what occurred is called acute stent
thrombosis. This is thrombosis (blood clotting) that happens around
the stent immediately (acutely). This is a bit different than what's
been in the news recently, which is late stent
or more after stent implantation. Not sure you actually had a heart
attack (Myocardial Infarction) because it sounds like the clotting
issues were resolved on the table and your heart muscle didn't get
to the point of infarcting. Is that right? The reasons for acute stent
thrombosis are several, and not completely understood. Did your cardiologists
give you any more insight as to why this occurred?
54 Year-old male. No previous heart problems.
Some chest discomfort. Stress test administered. Referred to heart
doctor for dye test. During angiogram, doctor decided to stent heart
artery. I had a TAXUS DES stent placed in my LAD. Immediately, a blood
clot formed. Another TAXUS stent was inserted in the same area to break
up the clot. Yet another
clot formed in another area. An attempt to place a third stent failed and a balloon
was used to push this clot to the lowest point in the heart. Large amounts of
Heparin administered to break clot. I think this may
be an unusual occurrence. I would like to know if others have had this problem.
Good luck and God bless you. Answer to your question -- yes, you can
have a heart attack during angioplasty.
I had angioplasty and a stent inserted during
a heart attack. It saved my life.
In the early morning hours of 16 June '06,
I had a heart attack. An angioplasty was performed at the St. Joseph's
Hospital, Savannah, Georgia.Two stents were placed in two crafted bypasses
I received ten years ago. Presently I feel fine, do exercise and adhere
to a strict diet. Do you recommend a cardiac stress test?? I am scheduled
for one next week.
Betty -- The primary reasons that doctors perform angioplasties
and stenting are (1) to relieve symptoms of angina that won't go away
with medication and lifestyle changes, and (2) to open up blockages
that are at risk for closing up completely and causing a heart attack.
In fact, angioplasty currently is considered the "gold standard" for
treating a heart attack in progress. (Read our article on "Heart
Attack and Angioplasty".) A heart attack occurs over time
-- if it is treated quickly, the heart muscle can survive -- opening
up the totally blocked artery with a balloon and/or stent can actually
stop the heart attack in its tracks. Can you have a heart attack during
the angioplasty? Every medical procedure has risks, and rarely, various
conditions can come together to start a heart attack (also known as
a "myocardial infarction" or MI) during angioplasty -- but
this risk is small. And if a heart attack does start, you're already
in the best place possible to deal with it. Can you get a heart attack
after angioplasty? The answer is yes, but current thought is that mechanically
opening up your blocked artery, combined with the proper medications
and lifestyle changes, should reduce your risk factors for heart attack.
Let us know how things turn out.
I already have a stent and my dr. has mentioned
an angioplasty with another stent. I am wondering if I could have a
after the angioplasty or during. I have never had one thank god.
Does anyone know? Thanks betty.
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