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Life after heart attack

Daily activities after a coronary stent

It is important to remember that you can live a full and active life with a coronary stent. You can find some general guidelines about returning to work, resuming your everyday activities, and making some heart-healthy lifestyle changes below. But besure to talk to your doctor about what is right for your specific situation.

This is not a comprehensive list of activities and is only mere suggestions that a patient may do to go back to an active life.

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Making lifestyle changes

Your coronary stent will help widen your clogged arteries and restore blood flow to your heart. But there are important lifestyle changes you can make to help prevent the progression of your coronary artery disease, including but not limited to changing your diet, increasing your activity level, and quitting smoking.


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Returning to work

Most people can return to work within a few days following their stent procedure but be sure to talk to your doctor to see what is right for you.


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Exercise and sports

Please check with your doctor about what physical activities you can do after your implant procedure and when it is safe to resume them.

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Going through metal detectors

Your coronary stent will not set off metal detectors. So, you can go through metal detectors at the airport, sporting events and other public places without any fear of setting them off.


Medications after treatment of Heart Attacks – what you should know.

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Your cardiologist will prescribe medications to thin your blood and prevent blood clots from forming on your stent. These medications typically include blood thinning drugs.

You should not stop taking these medications unless directed by your doctor. If you stop taking these medications before being instructed to do so, the chances of blood clot formation on the stent, subsequent heart attack or even death will increase.

If surgery or dental work is recommended which would require you to stop taking these medications prematurely, your doctor should carefully consider the risks, benefits and timing of the additional surgery or dental work versus the possible risks of stent closure from early discontinuation of these medications. If you do require premature discontinuation of these medications because of significant bleeding, your doctor will carefully monitor you.

Once your condition has stabilized, your doctor will probably put you back on these medications.

Healthy heart tips after a coronary stent

Coronary artery disease (CAD) can be treated effectively. You can help prevent your CAD from progressing by carefully following your doctor’s advice and making some lifestyle changes.

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