Risk of Heart Attack During or After Angioplasty

I already have a stent and my dr. has mentioned an angioplasty with another stent. I am wondering if I could have a heart attack after the angioplasty or during. I have never had one thank god. Does anyone know? Thanks betty.

Current Postings (6):

• 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 thrombosis, or blood clots occurring six months, a year 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?
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, January 6, 2007

• 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.
Jim C., North Carolina, USA, January 6, 2007

• I had angioplasty and a stent inserted during a heart attack. It saved my life.
Phyllis R., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, October 3, 2006

• 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.
John D., Florida, USA, August 3, 2006

• 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.
Angioplasty.Org Staff, Angioplasty.Org, July 9, 2006

• I already have a stent and my dr. has mentioned an angioplasty with another stent. I am wondering if I could have a heart attack after the angioplasty or during. I have never had one thank god. Does anyone know? Thanks betty.
posted by Betty, USA, July 8, 2006

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