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  •  Some of the newer stents have a medication (3+ / 0-)
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    embedded in the structure that releases slowly over time.

     It sounds like she's been showering clots and they do need to get that under control to keep any more from running around and causing more trouble. If the site was lower in the body they could put in an 'umbrella' that sits in a big vein and catches to clots before they can get into the smaller vessels and cause blockages, (strokes, heart attacks, pulmonary embolus, etc, depending on where they get lodged).

    I'll be saying good words for all of you and I hope they find the root of the problem and get it covered soon.

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    by FarWestGirl on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 07:28:09 PM PST

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    •  Yes, those are the only stints that actually work (1+ / 0-)
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      So, I say, give them the damn medicine and forget the stint!

      •  Actually the original stents had about a 30% rate (0+ / 0-)

        of re-occlusion, so they were definitely a better choice than bypass as a first line of treatment. Stent placement is minimally invasive, the aorta and heart are accessed via either the femoral artery in the groin or the brachial near the elbow. The recovery time is hours rather than weeks with an open heart bypass to reestablish circulation to the heart.

         The meds can be very effective over time, but with a full occlusion of one or more of the cardiac arteries, you don't have time, every minute without oxygen, more heart muscle dies and the likelihood of survival decreases, so there is a place for both approaches.

        (former critical care RN ;-) )

        Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
        ~Ideals aren't goals, they're navigation aids.~

        by FarWestGirl on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:45:17 PM PST

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