Category: Health > Conditions and Diseases
Asked by: vaac-ga
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06 Jul 2006 14:00 PDT
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Question ID: 743885
Does anybody know what the risks of inserting stents into blocked or narrowing arteries are? Do the benefits outweigh these risks?
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From: myoarin-ga on 07 Jul 2006 04:30 PDT
Hi, Here are sites for patients on the subject: http://www.manchesterheartcentre.org/textonly/txtangioplasty.htm http://hcd2.bupa.co.uk/fact_sheets/html/coronary_angioplasty.html http://www.guidant.com/webapp/emarketing/compass/comp.jsp?lev1=proc&lev2=stent Don't be put off by the fact that in the first site more space is spent detailing the risks, they have to listed and detailed, while the benefits are just a few lines. The alternative is usually open surgery. You can find many more using the search terms: stent risks benefits Some are them are difficult for a layman to comprehend. As I discovered, there are stents now that "elute" drugs. The one article I proused was questioning the practice - or the choice of drugs. You might read it and ask your doctor his opinion (maybe copy it and show him). http://www.acponline.org/journals/news/may06/periop.htm We are all afraid of invasion of our body, and reading about the processes doesn't necessarily reassure. My second hand experience is from playing tennis with persons who have stents - and who have had no problems. Good luck
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