How Long Will My Heart Stent Last

How Long Will My Heart Stent Last?

How long will my heart stent last? This is a common question that I get and I answer this question in this video.

I hope you enjoyed the video. Heart stents are a great invention. However, as the stent is a foreign object (not native to the body), it can cause an immune response. This may cause scar tissue to rapidly grow over the stent. In addition, there is a strong tendency for clots to form at the site where the stent damages the arterial wall. This is why it is important to have blood thinners to prevent these clots from forming.

Yes these stents are foreign objects and in my opinion should only be used if you are having an acute event. Stenting patients to just open up arteries will not prolong life. I believe that there that there are too many people getting unnecessary stents. If you are limited by angina and you have tried medical therapy and lifestyle intervention then this might be your option. So it becomes important to ensure that you start off with heart medications and start to live a heart healthy lifestyle. So, how long will your heart stent last? Living a heart healthy lifestyle will truly see your stent last the longest.

You can take a look at this study to show lifestyle vs stent published in the Circulation journal.

As always we are here to answer any questions that you may have about heart supplements to help you prevent and reverse heart disease.

To your heart health success,

 

Diamond Fernandes

Can energy drinks cause heart problems

Are Energy Drinks bad for your heart?

In the recent years there has been an explosion of energy drinks to the market.  More people than ever before turning to these products as quick ‘pick me ups’, whether to stay awake due to poor sleeping habits or gain the edge in sport. What effects do these products have on our heart?



The lead researcher (nephrologist Dr Magdalena Szotowska, Poland)  of a small study has found that energy drinks can increase blood pressure and cause tachycardia (fast rhythms)  and arrhythmias (Premature Ventricular and Atrial Contractions) in healthy volunteers. She believes that sales of these products should be regulated. She also found the drinks increased anxiety and insomnia among the participants in her study.

 

Now for the flipside:  The latest research from the European Society of Cardiology by Dr. Matteo Cameli from the University of Siena, states that consuming energy drinks can exert acute positive benefits on heart performance.

 

Energy drinks contain both caffeine and taurine where concerns have been raised of adverse effects on the heart. Caffeine does increase blood pressure, studies have suggested that taurine may stimulate the release of calcium.

 

Dr. Cameli found an increase in HR by results show that energy drinks enhance contractions of both the left and right ventricles, thereby delivering a positive effect on heart function. This could be explained by the effect of taurine that, as previously demonstrated, stimulates the release of calcium from the muscle.

 

Both these recent studies have been performed on healthy subjects with no heart disease. It will also be important to determine which of the effects are induced in patients with heart disease to further the understanding of the potential benefits or risks of energy drink consumption.

 

As always please feel free to contact me for further clarification. Energy consumption drinks may have a benefit on cardiovascular system function due to the latest study but do note that it can contain an immense amount of sugar  and calories.


To your heart health success,


Diamond Fernandes