Coronary Stent FAQs
How Coronary Stents Work
How Do Coronary Stents Work?
Coronary stents are small, wire mesh tubes that help widen clogged arteries and restore adequate blood flow to the heart.
How long will a stent stay in my body?
Stents are designed to stay in your body permanently.
Where does the bioabsorbable polymer go once it’s absorbed?
If you have a bioabsorbable polymer drug-eluting stent, the polymer is eliminated from the body as carbon dioxide and water through natural metabolic processes.
Can the stent move or rust?
Once positioned by your physician, the stent does not move on its own. It is manufactured so it will not rust.
How soon can I go back to work?
The majority of people return to work within a few days following the procedure.
When can I resume my regular activities?
Your doctor will advise you on when it’s safe to resume your regular activities. Many patients can follow their normal routine about a week after their stent procedure.
Living with a Coronary Stent
Can I exercise and play sports with a stent?
Your doctor will tell you what physical activities are right for you and when you can safely resume them.
Can I get an MRI with a coronary stent?
MRI safety testing has shown that Boston Scientific stents are MRI conditional and patients with our stents may safely undergo an MRI scan under certain conditions listed on the Stent Implant card. If you require magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), tell your doctor or MRI technician that you have an implanted stent and show them your Stent Implant card.
Can I travel with a coronary stent?
Patients with a stent can feel confident and safe when traveling. It’s important to carry your Medical Device ID card when traveling as it will alert medical and security personnel that you have an implanted stent.
Will my stent set off metal detectors?
No, your coronary stent will not trigger metal detector alarms and you can walk through them safely.
What should I change in my diet?
Your doctor may recommend changes to your diet to help reduce your risk of future cardiac events. Your doctor may prescribe a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet to help reduce the levels of fat in your blood and reduce the risk of your coronary artery disease (CAD) progressing.
Could I have recurring symptoms?
Yes, it is possible that you will experience symptoms again, either due to a new blockage in the region treated with the stent or due to a blockage at another place in your coronary arteries. Your doctor will monitor your progress.
How can I help prevent a recurrence of symptoms?
While there is no sure way to prevent a recurrence of symptoms, you can reduce the risk through exercise, not smoking and eating a healthy diet. Ask your doctor about lifestyle changes you can make and check out our heart health section to get healthy living tips for people with CAD.
What if I still have pain?
If you experience pain, inform your cardiologist or the center where the procedure was performed immediately.