Living with a stent
There are a few things to keep in mind in terms of aftercare following stent implantation. Our practical tips explain what you can do to support your convalescence process.
After the stent procedure
Following stent implantation, most patients stay in hospital for the first two nights for observation. However, you will usually be able to get back on your feet again on the day of the procedure. Patients usually recover quickly from the procedure and are able to participate in daily life soon after their hospital stay. Many patients can return to work just a few days after the procedure.
Sport and travel
Sporting activities are not only allowed, but are very beneficial to heart health. However, the puncture site should first be allowed to heal up. Your doctor will tell you when this is and what kind of exercise is advisable. They can also inform you about precautions when making travel plans.
Check-ups after stent implantation
In order to ensure a good quality of life in the long-term, regular check-ups are necessary in addition to drug therapy. The cardiologist chooses the check-up appointments individually depending on the patient.
The first check-up usually takes place in the first three to six months after stent implantation. The subsequent check-ups are usually carried out annually, depending on the course of the disease. Your cardiologist will advise you on this and arrange individual appointments with you.
What medication do I need to take after the procedure?
After the procedure, it is important to take medication daily for a certain period of time. This reduces the risk of thrombosis. These are blood clots that can form on the stent. This risk can be minimised with blood anticoagulation (anti-clotting) therapy. Therefore, talk to your cardiologist beforehand about the exact dosage and how long the medication should be taken.
Why am I given two different medications after the stent procedure?
Acetylsalicylic acid and other anticoagulants each block blood clotting at different sites, making a combination of the two indispensable in protecting against thrombosis. It is important that you do not stop taking the medication under any circumstances without consulting your doctor. This is because the drugs not only minimise the risk of thrombosis, but also reduce the risk of stroke or heart attack.
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