Living with your Stent

Stenting procedures are less invasive than coronary bypass surgery, so a patient should be able to return to his or her daily activities much faster. The cardiologist will most likely give certain guidelines for activities, diet and a medication regime. At first, the patient may need to avoid strenuous activities, such as lifting heavy objects. The cardiologist will advise when he or she can resume normal daily activities or return to work.

The cardiologist will want to follow the patient’s progress closely to ensure that the arteries are dilated and blood flow to the treated area is sufficient. The cardiologist should be available to answer any patient questions.

Prescribing Medications

Medications may become an important part of the treatment regime. The cardiologist may prescribe certain medications such as aspirin, as a long-term treatment. These medications usually help to prevent blood clots from forming or spasms in the artery. It is important that the patient take the medication prescribed to ensure that the recovery process goes as smoothly as possible. Doctors should be notified if any unpleasant reactions from the medications are being experienced. Other medications may be more suitable.

Healthy Lifestyle

A cardiologist may also prescribe certain lifestyle changes, such as diet, exercise, and quitting smoking. Adopting a healthy lifestyle will help in the recovery process and reduce chances of further treatment.

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