I am 62 and have had a triple by-pass that had re clogged back up and since had 5 stents put in my heart
3 just 2 weeks ago, can stent,s be cleaned out if they clog, I stay tired all the time ,the backof my heart is dead
is this a death sentence,just waiting to happen. southern _woman
Well, first, I think the fear you seem to be experiencing is understandable, I've been there and so have many others on this forum. But you know, I think it's very important to put everything into perspective and reduce your anxiety because this will do you more harm than good. Absolutely every single living thing on this planet carries a death sentence, everything is born with that assurance. The only guarantee in life is death and there's never been anything we can do about it. Nobody can tell you how long you will live, just as long as nobody can say how long I will live. So, nothing has really changed with regards to your life with a heart problem or not. Sure there are more risks, but life is full of risks. Healthy people die all the time due to accidents or infections going out of control. So my advice is to take every day as it comes and enjoy it. Don't worry about how long you have, I gave that up two years ago and it makes you feel much better.
As for your question about stents. There are different types of stents, bare metal stents (BMS) and drug eluting stents (DES). There are two problems with stents, stenosis and clotting. Stenosis is usually formed by scar tissue formed in the artery when it tries to repair itself, but scar tissue grows very quickly and a bit out of control, forming a partial or high level blockage. The DES drug coating prevents this, it inhibits the growth of scar tissue and only allows the regrowth of normal healthy artery tissue. With clotting, BMS and DES can suffer this but the DES has shown to be much less likely when Plavix medication is taken for at least 18 months. This cuts down the bodys ability to form clots. IF and I say IF, you have DES and you start to form stenosis, they yes this can be ballooned and a new stent can be inserted inside the old one if necessary. This is not a common occurrence though.
Have you got your risk factors under control? Do you smoke? Smoking would certainly shut down your bypasses. Another risk factor that may be affecting you is stress. If you suffer a lot of stress, then study relaxation at least. Blood pressure is important, if high for long periods of time, this can start your clogging process all over again. It is also important you eat a healthy diet, lots of fruit/veg, a few nuts each week and oily fish a couple of times a week. I can't emphasise enough how you need to stop worrying so much because this will change your outlook on life and cause depression.
Some people are different, but my first stent was inserted in Feb 07, 3 years ago, and is still wide open with no sign of clogging.
Thank you ed, that was very helpful, yes I have been on asprin and plavix for 3 years
and my Dad had heart trouble also, I am stressedabout my daughter ,she is 37 and
her kidneys shut down 1 year ago and she is on dialyis, and now has found a lump
in her breast that the Drs,seem to be worried about,,my Mom died of breast cancer
and So yes I,m stressed, I thought about asking my Dr, for some med,s but
I do not like to take tomany of them,,anyway thank,s for your replie, Jackie
i had two stents put in 18months ago and i'm now sorry that i let them save my life, the medication and side effects are not desirable, being depenant on pills to stay alive just isn't working for me, they told me i would die if i stopped taking them,l well , its been 5 weeks now and i'm still here, it was bs. why did they lie to me ?, sure i know the risk of my actions, even that horrible heart attack pain does not deter me either, i guess i've givin up, life just isn't what its cracked up to be. i could have saved myself a bunch of disappointment and grief, if i had just excepted death. 57 years of life is okay with me, why should i stay alive ? so i can eat more dispair, i'd be better off dead.
Yes it is easy to die and I admit that I had thoughts similar to yours on more than one occasion but then it hit me. It's easy to give up and accept death, but it's cowardly. It isn't us that has to face the pain and hurt from it, it's the people we leave behind us. I have 3 adult offspring and I don't want to put them through any such discomfort. What kind of person would that make me?
I read your words and I was sad. I had my attack in 2002. Now they want to possibly put in another stent in same area to replace the one I have, or should I say, put a stent into the one I have. I am researching all the options that I have before doing anything. Doc said we could wait 3 months before we do anything. As for you wanting to give up... well I take so many pills per day, you'd thing it was a meal! Yes, I could have given up, but I just can't. I was meant to live more days, months, years and I will do it. My coworkers son of 26 has cancer and will not live. This poor boy has no choice. We do. Can we make someone smile? Laugh? Help someone by our words? This is what we must focus ourselves onto. Reading the blogs, here I was strengthened by your thoughts, advice and words. Please don't give up. We have lived this long for a reason, let's find out why.
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