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How long will the stent in my heart last? (Disease query of the day)

Written by Dr Vijay Surase |Updated : May 22, 2014 1:41 AM IST

AngioplastyI had undergone an angioplasty 6 years ago, how long will my stent last?

Answered by Dr Vijay Surase, renowned cardiologist

Once a stent is delivered or deployed, it cannot and is not removed. Over a period of time this stent becomes a part and parcel of vessel wall. Months later if a small camera (angioscope) is passed through the vessel, the stent cannot be seen as it gets embedded into the vessel wall layer normal cells grow over it covering it completely. This process is called as Endothelization, and it takes a period of 1 month to 1 year depending on the type of stent.

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Therefore, it is very important to take dual blood thinners (Aspirin and Clopidogrel) until this time. Once the stent becomes one with the wall of the vessel, the chances of block recurring in the same area are there, but it is equal to the chances of a clot occurring elsewhere in a normal part of the cardiac blood vessels.

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Dr. Vijay Surase, a senior consultant and interventional cardiologist at Jupiter hospital, is trained in all forms of Coronary interventions, peripheral interventions and pacemakers. A philanthropist at heart he has voluntarily conducted more than 170 free medical check up camps across India. He has been actively involved in more than 10,000 cardiac catheterizations and holds the record for performing 36 angiographies in a single day. He is also known for his ability to perform the most complex and risky cardiac procedures. His reputation as the safest cardiac surgeon has earned him an appointment as Honorary Consultant Cardiologist to The Governor of Maharashtra, Mantralaya and Maharashtra Police. For his relentless work in the field of cardiology, he was awarded the prestigious 'Anmol Ratna Award'.

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