If stents block through excess scar tissue forming, I have read about a procedure that can re-open the blockage where radiation is applied using the catheter. I have a few blocked stents in my LAD and I know if I suggest this procedure to my Cardiologist here in the UK he will immediately say "won't work". He seems to say this with anything I suggest even though I've read the radiation treatment has been successful in a number of patients. What are the major problems in using this procedure? and why would a Cardiologist most likely say it is out of the question?
My cardiologist (2nd one, cause I moved) dismissed my concern of some arm and chest pain I was having a year after my first stent. Finally in Nov 1 he went in and found a blockage in the circumflex, he says it was a tight squeeze and had to insert a non medicated stent because the medicated stents were too large? Funny thing is that even though I know a medical professional would never do this, I will always have this feeling in the back of my mind that he did the stent to shut me up. The other funny thing is I was concerned when my first cardiologist placed a medicated stent and I thought I would have to take thinners for the rest of my life. I am even more concerned that the 2nd stent was not medicated. Given that the second stent is so narrow my fear is what are my options if it does block?
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