Heart Stints or Stents

Heart stints are actually called heart stents, so do not feel bad as this is a very common mistake. In fact as I am writing this post it is showing me a spelling error on stents which is correct versus heart stints.

Now that we have that out of the way, heart disease is the number one cause of hospitalization and death. Having a heart stint / stent, is most often the procedure that takes place after a heart attack. Heart stents can also be used to treat symptoms of heart disease by opening up the path of the arteries.

Angioplasties where a heart stent is deployed are an invasive procedure but less invasive than coronary artery bypass surgery. Step one is to numb the area where they will going and make a small incision where the catheter wire will be inserted. More often than not the catheter going to your heart is inserted through your radial artery in your wrist vs your femoral artery in your groin. You are given a sedative for this procedure. The interventional cardiologist then guides the catheter wire to your heart using x-ray and deploys the heart stent using a small dye and continuous xray. The end result is a stent in the artery. They can repeat this procedure for other blockages.

The common mistake and this is a bigger mistake is that patients think this is a cure. It is not a cure and more often than not patients end up back in the emergency room with recurrent heart problems. It could be that patients end up thinking everything is ok so they revert back to or lead an unhealthy lifestyle. It could also mean something has happened to cause another inflammatory response, therefore plugging the arteries in the heart.

Angioplasties benefits are well established as a rescue intervention in heart problems.

How long will a heart stent last?

Let’s start off by talking about a study done by Germany cardiologist. They studied people who have angina with exercise. They placed them into 2 groups one group had heart stents the other focused on exercise. After one year, men in the exercise-training group had an 88 percent event-free survival rate compared with 70 percent in the stent angioplasty group.

There are a few reasons why this is. The heart is a muscle and yes the most important but it can be trained and conditioned to excel like other muscles in our body. Next, the blockage of a coronary artery is not just a simple mechanical problem, but is the result of a complex series of events including inflammation, clotting, and immune responses. Next is that heart stents only addresses one short segment of the coronary blood vessels, while exercise impacts the function of all the blood vessels.

To put a specific year amount on stents is very difficult. I have seen stents last months to many many years 13+. As mentioned it is not a cure it is a treatment option. Once you are stable then it becomes so important to focus on all your modifiable risk factors to prevent and reverse heart disease processes.

Start a cardiac rehabilitation program or resume a cardiac rehabilitation program. Neglect is the #1 cause of death. Make sure you get your Free steps to prevent and reverse heart disease.