Features August 2010 Issue

Coronary Stent Implantation Should Mean Delay in Non-Cardiac Surgeries

Research shows that the medications stent patients require can significantly raise the risk of bleeding if they must undergo subsequent surgeries within six weeks

If you have a coronary stent put in you should delay non-cardiac surgery for at least six weeks, due to increased bleeding risks. A study published in the May issue of Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions, an American Heart Association journal, found that patients who wait six weeks or longer for scheduled surgeries have a lower risk of suffering reduced blood flow to the heart, heart attack and death.

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