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Monday, July 28, 2008 Nazar, Community Member, asks

Q: how many year a stent work properly

i underwent angioplasty with stent in june 2005. my  total chlosterol is 130 , ldl is 39 and hdl is 45. i want to know more about stent . is it forever or have to replace. i am in habit of agrressive excersice . is it good for me ? 

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Neil MD, Health Pro
7/28/08 4:24pm

Hello, Nazar.


Yes, stenting is definitely good for you, and I am glad to hear that you are exercising. Your cholesterol numbers look great!


As for how long the stent should last, my answer is that they can last as long as you do. However, whether they last that long is mostly up to your lifestyle, healthcare, and a little bit of luck.


They problem with stenting is not that they fail by dissolving, or getting dislodged or the like.  Stenting most often fails for the same reasons that the stent had to be implanted in the first place.  High blood pressure, smoking, high cholesterol, among other factors can cause a re-narrowing (restenosis) of the coronary vessels that supply your heart.  Also, stents fail because patients stop taking important medications too soon, like the anti-clotting drug, Plavix.


If you are experiencing chest pain/tightness, shortness of the breath with activity or at rest, you need to visit your doctor soon.  These are signs that you heart is potentially once again not getting the blood supply it needs. 


Hope this helps.


To your health,

Neil MD



SKNNY "D", Community Member
10/15/10 8:51pm

I had a stent put in my rca (right coronary artey) on st. patricks day 2010, saw my heart dr. today 10/15/2010 I told  him i am having very frequent episodes of profuse sweating, shortness of breath, and he ordered a nuclear stress test (when i am not sure they will call) and a 2/2011 office appointment. Thank GOD there is a GOD or else i could be dead tomorrow! I meaN i will go to the ER if necessary but he seemed so unmoved by my symptoms! My wife is a nurse and thought it strange also!   

coolcat, Community Member
9/27/11 12:20pm

get a new doctor!!! being aggravated and not taken seriously can cause major stress!! Good Luck and God Bless

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By Nazar, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/05/12, First Published: 07/28/08