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Does a stent ever need to be replaced? 

I had a stent in my LAD after a STEMI last year at age 41. Does a stent ever need to be replaced? 

submitted by Andrea from Chicago, Illinois on 9/29/2011

Answer:

by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Neil E. Strickman, MD  

Neil E. Strickman, MDStents cannot be replaced. They can have a renarrowing (restenosis) though the frequency is less than 3%.  Appropriate control of diet, cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and blood sugar should help one avoid this. 

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Updated October 2011
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