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How much exercise, sports or physical activity have you been able to do after stenting or angioplasty?

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• I was a fit, non-smoking, 20yr vegetarian. As a 41 year old, I was running around 25-30 miles a week with more miles during training for marathon and triathlon events. I had completed 4 marathons in the preceding 3 years, along with 2 olympic distance triathlons. It was November 2007 when my trouble surfaced suddenly during a weekend run -I started feeling winded and unable to complete even 2 miles. No pain but unable to run -I recognized I needed to be checked out. I was diagnosed with CAD (no MI) after a stress echo and had a stent put -- my LAD was about 90% occluded. I was running comfortably within a week.(4-6 mi). Lesser evidence of narrowing was seen in two other vessels during the initial angiogram and despite it being asymptomatic for me, I elected to have a second procedure (2 add'tl stents) 3 mo later to open those spots. Following the procedures I got varying advice from doctors/cardiologists regarding running. Some said running is great - but no need to go so far as marathons. Others said just train up gradually and you should be fine. After several 15 to 21m training runs I did the Santa Barbara Marathon last weekend and followed with another 21 miler yesterday.
Brian C., California, December 14, 2009

• My 65 year old father has had two stints [stents] implanted and will need two more (he also has COPD). He`s insisting on buying a dune buggy, is this recommended or even advisable?
Laurie K., Idaho, USA, December 5, 2009

• Amalia in Pakistan -- diet and exercise are important, but THE most important thing you can do to help prevent further disease (and we're sure you know this) is to stop smoking -- completely. It's hard because it is a drug, an addiction. Maybe your cardiologist can recommend some programs to help you stop. But once you stop, you WILL feel better in many ways and as a bonus, you'll have reduced your risk factors considerably.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, November 22, 2010

• I am 60 years old male and had an angioplasty in June 2009 after severe heart attack with two stents, one in left anterior descending artery (tight mild stenosis) and 2nd in mid left circumflex artery (Tight stenosis after the origin of first obtuse marginal branch). Although, I have changed life style to some extent, I am unable to quit smoking completely. I have reduced weight from 80kg to 72kg through morning walk and dietary control. Please advise about preventions.
Amalia, Pakistan, November 22, 2009

• I'm 65 years old and i want to know what can i do after i do stent (stent graft y shape in artery) if i should do any exercise. please let me know. i much obliged for your cooperation.
Ali Z., Shiraz, Iran, November 17, 2009

• I am 34 years old and gone through Angioplasty a month back. After that, doctor recommended for 45 minutes walk, lots of tablet, and diet food. I am normal on weight and height, No cholesterol, sugar, blood pressure and never complained of heart problem before in my life. My question is How long I have to take tablets and diet food? Is it lifetime?
Murtaza, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, September 3, 2009

• Hi,can anyone tell me the reason for not being permitted to drive for 5 days after balloon angioplasty and 2 DES placed in left femoral artery. Dr. said you just can't ... no explanation, but said I could golf after 48 hours, this makes no sense to me, since golfing is more strenuous than driving. I have tried to find any reason for these instructions but have had no luck. Maybe someone here has been told why this restriction. I will Thank you in advance for any insight on this, Thanks.
Den C., Pennsylvania, USA, August 29, 2009

• Anantharaman -- your story of being able to run marathon-length races is a great encouragement to all readers -- it IS possible to move forward! As for exercise and stent thrombosis, we don't know of any studies linking the two. Stent thrombosis is a clotting of the blood in the stent. While its causes are somewhat elusive, the main risk factors are early cessation of dual antiplatelet therapy (aspirin and clopidogrel) or an individual's resistance to said therapy.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, August 19, 2009

• I am 57 year old male. In June 2009, I had one stent placed due to 90% blockage in PLV, which I understand is not a main artery. In end July, Dr did a TMT and cleared me fit enough to run my half-marathon, which I have been doing over last 3 years. Now I am practicisng for my 21 km run in Singapore (6 Dec 09). I am slow, and finish the run in 2:45 Hrs. I feel healthy now while practicing. But I keep hearing of stent thrombosis, which worries me. Could you throw some light as to whether a long run will aggrevate chances of thombosis? I have also started feeling drowsy - like I haven't slept after taking a sleeping pill. Sometimes I get headache, but my BP is nomal (130/80). Is it due to Plavix (Clopilet 75 mg twice daily), which I take along with Ecosprin?
Anantharaman, Mumbai, India, August 15, 2009

• Archie -- talk to your cardiologist about this, but if there have been no complications from the access site, patients should be able to resume normal activity.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, August 15, 2009

• Hi, I'm 77 years old and just had an angiogram which showed everything was normal(slight attack caused by stress.) no blockage. Angiogram performed 10 days ago, how soon can I get back golfing?
Archie Miller, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, August 8, 2009

• Hi, I'm a 42 year old female whose has undergone 2 open heart surgeries, 1 at 11yrs old and another at 15yrs old. About a month ago, I had pain in the chest and was advised that it was a mild heart attack. Few days later, I had a stent inserted on my main artery, as cardiologists felt it was too risky to operate 3rd time. It's taken about a month for me to feel normal again. I am determined to be more active and exercise more after reading these experiences from you all. Thanks! I feel better about my stents now!
Amelia Lea, New South Wales, Australia, July 28, 2009

• Mike -- some patients on the topic "Not Feeling Well After Stenting" report unexpected reactions as well, many of which do go away in time. One question: did you start any new medications at the time of stenting -- sometimes these have side-effects which can be relieved by adjusting or changing a med. Let us know how your test goes.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, July 2, 2009

• I am a 55 year old male that had two stents placed in the circumflex December 2008. I am in good physical condition (120 total cholesterol, 117/76 blood pressure) and generally feel very well. My issue is a slight discomfort or mild burning in my throat area when I jog. Sometimes it stops right after I start walking and sometimes it lingers for many hours. I have no shortness of breath, no chest pain. Initially I also had a strong aching in two bridges in the back of my mouth on the right side during jogging but this has subsided. These issue began only after having the stents put in. I have a follow-up stress echo in a couple of weeks but I am curious as to what the forum has to say.
Mike, Mesa, Arizona, USA, June 25, 2009

• A multi-reply to several posts about how much exercise is safe. Mike from Phillipines -- you point out an area where stents are used not to open a blocked artery, as in Chris and Gary's case, but to repair an injury. Successful in your case. -- For all, as for training to your limits or how much exercise is ok, these are recommendations that need to be made by a cardiologist or surgeon familiar with your specific clinical situation. Exercise is very individualized. Medical devices like stents have radically changed the post-heart attack prognosis for many, allowing levels of activity unheard of 20 or 30 years ago. But heavy-duty exercise, like the type discussed here, is best done in consultation with a cardiologist, possibly one with expertise in Sports Medicine. We welcome others to send in their thoughts on this.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, June 20, 2009

• my name is chris 50year squash player i put 3 stents exactly an year ago as preventive measure since i had quadruple blocked artery,since then i have quit smoking with proper diet but put on 10 kgs of weight .can i do heavy strength training and play squash for 2 hours and jog 5 days a week. i feel fit. advise me on the strength training part.
Christopher Smith, United Arab Emirates, June 18, 2009

• I had a heart attack 5 years ago when I was 46, one coronary artery was 95% blocked, a stent was placed to fix this. Another partial blockage of about 70% was on a branch and was a bit risky to stent so was left alone. No ongoing problems/symptoms so far, no detectable heart damage. I have not had heart rate above 100 beats a minute for some time as Doctor said I should avoid running. What are the dangers of maintaining a heart rate above 100? sudden burst of speed could be a problem? I would like to get back into some cardio exercise like boxercise classes but am concerned about too high a heart rate, what do you think?
Garry M., Australia, June 11, 2009

• hi, i am a 28 year old healthy male that had to have a stent installed on my right subclavian artery because of a shrapnel piercing it, producing a false aneurysm. the stent was used to cover up the aneurysm. i got that shrapnel from a mortar attack in afghanistan. my blood pressure is normal, my cholesterol level is normal, so is everything else. prior to that accident i am into weight / power training and cardio. having normal blood values but having a stent in one of my arteries, can i still train? and if i can still go back to training, can i still train up to the edge of my limits? could the stent affect all of these?
Mike L., Philippines, June 3, 2009

• Lee - check out the topic on "Not Feeling Well After Stenting" and you'll find a number of patients who've had similar reactions -- it seems that time is needed for the system to "get used" to the opened artery and blood flow. Also some meds may be causing some of these feeling (are you now taking meds that you hadn't before the stent?) Read over the topic and then talk to your cardiologist about it.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, May 21, 2009

• I'm 48 male, 180 lbs. Had systems of heavy chest. Had a 2.25X16 drug eluding [eluting] stent put in last week. Was told the Diagonal branch disease treatment with PCI would be too complex to fix at this time. How soon after the first cath can you have another as some of the systems such as shortness of breath and feeling tired have not gone away.
Lee, New York, USA, May 20, 2009

• I just got 5 stents put in and want to jog, play baseball (sprint), weightlift and train for hockey. I'm 53 and eat using the zone diet. How soon can I resume my work outs?
Rob, Ft. Nelson, BC, Canada, April 26, 2009

• Maria -- First of all, we're glad that you got to a cath lab in time -- emergency angioplasty saves tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of patients from a full-blown heart attack. FYI, the blockage at the "Y" (probably the junction of the LAD and the Diagonal arteries) is what's known as a "bifurcation lesion". These are somewhat more prone to restenosis, which is why a drug-eluting stent (DES) was a good choice. Your pain may or may not be anything, but we always recommend that patients report any abnormal post-procedure pain or angina to their interventional cardiologist, preferably the one that did the original stenting.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, April 13, 2009

• I was active,48 yo female (Cardio/yoga, hiking 6-10mi wk) when I started having symptoms. I had an emergency Angioplasty with a DES stent placed in my LAD (95% blocked). I'm told it was an difficult procedure (the widomaker) due to the location of the blockage at the y of the branch. Two months later I am having angina, at rest, mostly am and pm with tingling and pain extending to left arm. Pain is very minimal, but troubling.??????
Maria, San Diego, California, USA, April 13, 2009

• My 12year old son has Transposition G Arteries/post surgical.(First surgery 4days old.) Last few stents put in 8 mths ago. He has 5 pulmonary stents. I need to know if he can play soccer, basketball or baseball with boys up to age 14. Need link to get good answers, cardiologist is wishy-washy about the answer.
KK, Virginia, USA, April 6, 2009

• No reason to think stenting causes bone loss. Good to hear he's stopped smoking and drinking!
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, March 2, 2009

• My dad had first heart stroke and got a stent placed in LAD on Feb 17, 2009. His Ejection Fraction before stenting was 35% and now it is 40%. Yesterday he fell down while trying to catch an auto and broke his forefinger. He is a chronic smoker and drinker and stopped after this stroke. Is there any chance, that stenting will increase the fragility in bones?
Chinni, INDIA, March 2, 2009

• Hap -- a relative of mine, same age as you, was jamming on his alto sax only 48 hours after getting a renal (kidney) stent. But you should discuss this with your cardiologist or doctor who knows your particular clinical situation.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, February 20, 2009

• I have had a total of 4 stents installed in three separate procedures over a 6-month period. Can I safely resume playing my trombone? (I'm 76 years old).
Hap, California, USA, February 12, 2009

• Chethan -- any smoking, even 3 a day, is harmful to your arteries (and lungs, etc.) Even second-hand smoke has been shown to cause health problems (which is why smoking is banned in many public places). Perhaps your doctor can help you find a way or a support group to help you stop.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, February 11, 2009

• i am 50 years old and undergone angioplasty 2 years ago. one and half years i have not smoked even a single cigarette. now i am smoking 2 or 3 cigarettes per it a problem . as i am unable to stop 3 cigarettes how long i am away from CAD.
Chethan, Bangalore, India, February 9, 2009

• RUNNERS! Check out the "Global Heroes" marathon offer from Medtronic. Patients with stents (not AAA stent grafts, however) are welcome to apply.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 25, 2009

• Pradeep -- biggest suggestion is to cut out smoking entirely. Nicotine and other elements in cigarettes damage the lining of the artery -- studies have shown that there is no safe level of smoking (even second-hand smoke from other in your household or workplace can affect you). Perhaps your doctor can recommend a smoking cessation program or other therapy to help you. But your dietary changes and exercise are commendable! Patients need to reduce every risk factor in their control.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 20, 2009

• Hi, 32 yrs old I just go through angioplasty with stent implantation in coronary artery which was 90% blocked. Now I'm taking proper and regular diet (including green vegetables, fruits, non fatty foods). I have minimized smoking from 15 cigarettes to 3 cigarettes per day. Stopped Chewing of tobacco, reduced consumption of tea. I have started walking with my maximum speed every day morning for almost half and hour followed by long breathings and exercises. How long could I survive without coronary artery disease in this manner. Suggest me any other precautions to be taken to remain far away from CAD.
Pradeep Batuknath Pandey, Siyaram Silk Mills Ltd., Virar, Thane, Maharashtra, India, January 15, 2009

• Eileen -- it's possible that the cardiologist was concerned about the access site (probably in the groin artery) and making sure it was properly healed -- not sure, but hope all goes well on the 27th. Let us know.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 10, 2009

• I had a stent put into the artery to the left kidney on December 17, 2008. I was told to not lift over 5 pounds and only do moderate walking until I see the cardiologist for my second follow up on january 27. I am eager to get back to my therapeutic riding and to more activity to get myself back into shape. I don't really understand the wait.
Eileen, Texas, USA, January 7, 2009

• Ashley -- the medical term for your problem is "in-stent restenosis", where tissue grows inside the stent. This is the main reason why medicated (drug-eluting) stents were developed. They have the property of being able to keep tissue growth to a minimum. Treating in-stent restenosis by placing another stent inside is a common off-label use of drug-eluting stents. Your artery diameter seems to be 4.0mm which is quite large. Make sure to stay on your antiplatelet meds (Plavix and aspirin) as prescribed.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 7, 2009

• I am a 38 yo male who had to have a stent implanted in my LAD in December 2004 to fix an 85% blockage of the artery. Six months later restenosis had occurred and my cardiologist implanted a second stent (medicated) inside of the first one. I thought this was interesting but maybe a common practice since the first stent was a Cobalt Steel 4.0 stent. Just recently I began feeling some serious pressure on my chest after a martial arts clinic and ended up in the hospital two days before Christmas. Unfortunately scar tissue had built up significantly around the previous two stents causing a 50% blockage of the LAD. My cardiologist decided to try a third (medicated) stent and implanted this one inside of the previous two. Now, I've tried researching cases like mine but there doesn't seem to be any information on the web about stacking stents, so I'm wondering if anyone else has had this done or knows anything about the practice. In response to others questions about exercise. I am a martial artist and within a few weeks after each of my stent implants I resumed training (with in my limits). I practice various styles from Karate, Aikido, Jujitsu, and Judo. I get thrown quite a bit and have never had any issues with my stents. I guess my philosophy is...if I'm going out, it won't be without a fight (figuratively speaking). I think if you can handle the training whether it's weight lifting, running, walking, or even martial arts then you should go for it. I guess it's as simple as "get busy living or get busy dying". God bless you all and good luck!
Ashley L., Huntsville, Alabama, USA, January 6, 2009

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