According to a recent study published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions (an American Heart Association journal), patients should attempt to postpone having surgeries for at least six weeks after a coronary angioplasty procedure with stenting. Researchers found that patients who wait at least six weeks before having another surgery are less likely to develop reduced blood flow to the heart (a.k.a. heart ischemia) and heart attacks.
The study data revealed that 42 % of patients who had other surgeries within the six-week period developed these complications. Only 13 % of patients who had surgeries beyond the six-week period developed the same complications. The study focused 1,953 patients with an average age of 64 who had cardiac angioplasty with stenting between 2003 and 2007.
According to the American Heart Association:
- Over 70 percent of coronary angioplasty procedures in the United States also include stenting.
- In 2006, approximately 65 percent of PCI procedures were performed on men, and approximately 50 percent were performed on people age 65 or older.
- In 2006, an estimated 1,313,000 PCI procedures were performed in the United States.
- In 2006, approximately 76% of stents implanted during PCI were drug-eluting, compared with 24 percent bare-metal stents.
- In 2006, there were 652,000 PCI procedures with stents — 425,000 in men, 227,000 in women.
If you recently had cardiac stenting and require another surgery, make sure to ask your doctor about waiting to have the next surgery. This is particularly true if your next surgery is an elective one. If your doctor or surgeon is not a cardiologist, you may want to consider asking your doctor for a referral to a cardiologist. You may also want to make sure that your physician or surgeon obtains cardiac clearance before proceeding with another surgery. Don’t assume that your doctor will do these things for you. Be proactive; ask questions.
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- Drug- Eluting Stents Found Effective at Preventing Major Amputations
- Angina: The Efficacy of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention v. the Efficacy of Non-Surgical Treatment.
- The Efficacy of Drug-Eluting Stents and Bare Metal Stents in Heart Transplant Recipients with Coronary Artery Disease
- Study Finds Stents as Effective as Surgery to Prevent Strokes; European Study Finds Otherwise
- St. Joseph Medical Center Stent Patients Now Face Another Risk: The FDA Requires a Black-Box Warning on Anti-Clotting Drug Plavix
- St. Joseph Tells 169 More Patients They May Have Had Unneeded Surgery; Total Notified Now at 538
- Bill Clinton’s Stent Procedure – What It’s All About
Contributing author: Jon Stefanuca