What is the success rate for coronary stent procedure?

May 25, 2010 in Success | Comments (3)

A friend had a stent inserted to open a blocked artery to the heart. What is the success rate and prognosis for a patient following this procedure?

Coronary Artery Stenting is an elective procedure used to open narrowed or closed arteries of the heart with a little device called a stent. The stent holds the vessel walls open and allows for blood flow to return. When a stent is placed, a patient needs to do certain things that will increase the success rate of the procedure. The success rate for stents is over 98%.
1) There are medications that thin the blood and work on the platelets so the blood flows through the arteries easily. Most patients are also placed on statins that decrease the lipids (fats) and cholesterol in the blood.
2) Diet: patients are started on low fat diets to decrease the amount of fat they eat. Less fat in the mouth, less fat in the blood. Losing weight is a good idea. The heart doesn’t have to work so hard when there is less fat in the body.
3) Exercise. Exercise strengthens the body and the heart.

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