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Can the Stent change its position or slip from the place where it was deployed after it is implanted ?

  No. The stent is implanted into the artery firmly with a balloon at high pressures by a balloon. Moreover, after a few weeks, the stent gets covered by the lining of the artery and becomes a part of the artery so there is no chance of the stent moving from its place.
   
Q Does a stent rust in the body since is made of steel?
 

The material that is used to manufacture a stent is a special type of medical grade steel which is a rust proof material. This does not rust inside the body.

   
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Can a Stent get deformed by putting pressure on chest externally or will it pinch the heart or other organs around it?

  The heart is inside the chest cavity and no amount of pressure externally will reach the stent deployed inside the artery. The stent is placed inside the artery and as such gets covered by lining of the artery and hence can never pinch or prick any other part of body.
   
Q Can I go through an X Ray or CT Scan or MRI Post stenting?
  X-Ray or CT Scan can be done any time, MRI after one month of procedure.
   
Q Will the presence of the Metallic Stent inside the artery cause the security or metal alarm go off during security checks etc like on airport security checks?
  NO
   
Q I have heard that the stent can get blocked again after angioplasty. What are the chances of that and how can I avoid that ?
  Angioplasty is not the cure for Coronary Artery Disease and hence the chance of forming a new block or the stent getting blocked does exist. The chance of this happening depends upon multiple factors like the risk factors, the lesion (block) morphology, the intensity of disease etc. and hence will vary from patient to patient. However what can be confidently said is that the control of risk factors post angioplasty definitely reduce the chance of a new block formation or restenosis.
   
Q Can I lead healthy normal life again ?
  There are excellent chances of leading a healthy life as you were doing pre angioplasty. Most people are back to their earlier lifestyle within weeks or a month or so depending on the damage done to the heart by the Coronary Artery Disease. All that you need is to make a few modifications in your lifestyle in terms of Diet, Exercise etc which will help you to become normal much faster and prevent the chances of Restenosis.
   
Q Can I get Coronary Artery Disease again ?
  Angioplasty is not a cure for Coronary Artery Disease so the new block may develop at some other site. So, no one can say whether one can get Coronary Artery Disease again or not. BUT, one thing is for sure that if all the controllable risk factors mentioned in the book are well taken care of, like Exercise, Diet, Blood Pressure, Diabetes etc. the chances of recurrence are very less.
   
Q Is it true that an Aspirin a day keeps Heart Attack Away?
  It is amazing but true that an Aspirin taken daily prevents both the chances of Heart Attacks and Strokes. Aspirin in a way thins the blood that decreases the risk. It should be a routine part of the therapy usually but your doctor knows the best what dose and duration Aspirin needs to be taken for.
   
Q I have undergone an Angioplasty. Is the long duration of exposure to X Rays dangerous to me?
  The Angiography and Angioplasty is done by a Special Device called as Cardiac Cath Lab in which the apparatus used releases a minimum dose of radiation required to undergo the procedure. The dosage of X Rays is constantly monitored. This is No danger due to the X Rays during the procedure.
   
Q At what level of percentage narrowing should be an angioplasty done and can it be done in 100% blocked arteries?
  A blockage more than 50 to 70% should be angioplastied. Arteries with 100% blockage can also be opened by Angioplasty but the procedure in this case is a bit more complex to perform. However the doctor is best to decide which blockages need to be opened by Angioplasty and which need some alternative modes of management.
   
Q I feel absolutely fine. Why should I worry about Blood Pressure?
  A lot of patients have symptoms of high blood pressure but a lot others do not know about this till the doctor checks it but it keeps on worsening and may damage the organs in the body without the patient realizes this. No wonder it is also called as the silent killer. Uncontrolled Blood Pressure increases the chance of Restenosis in patients who have undergone an Angioplasty.