Suggestions from Doctors
After a stent procedure, aspirin and another anti-clotting medicines are likely to be recommended. These medicines help prevent blood clots from forming in the stent. A blood clot can lead to a heart attack, a stroke or other serious problems.
Patients with a metal stent may be advised to take aspirin and other anti-clotting medicine for at least one month. Duration of the course of medicine is dependent on the type of stent implanted and patient situation.
Stopping anti-clotting medicine too soon significantly increases the risk of blood clots. Hence, it is essential to consult your doctor prior to stopping the anti-clotting medicine.
Suggestions on Lifestyle - Staying heart healthy
Stents help prevent arteries from becoming narrow or blocked again in the months or years after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, they are not a cure.
Making lifestyle changes can help prevent plaque from building up in the arteries again. Your doctor can provide advice on simple lifestyle changes that can help improve heart health. These might include changing your diet, quitting smoking, increasing the amount of physical activity, losing weight and reducing stress. All medicine should be taken as prescribed.
It is often advised to avoid vigorous exercise and heavy lifting for a short time after a stent procedure.