Spørsmål innsendt 1. mars 2014. Referansenummer: 4463
Stents and blood thinners/stenter og blodfortynnende behandling
I've been referred to Feiringklinikken for angioplasty procedure, and would like to know if they employ titanium stents when stents are appropriate. A cardiologist from the USA recently mentioned he would personally request a titanium stent if he needed a stent at any time, as opposed to a drug-eluding stent, to avoid the need for Plavix or similar blood thinners long-term. So my question is: can I request a titanium stent if I need a stent when I'm at Feiring? If not, what is the reason? Thanks for your response!
Vår ekspert, Ellen Hilde Julsrud, lege svarer
Thanks for your question
Both bare metal stents (BMS) and drug eluting stents (DES) are being used at Feiringklinikken in angioplasty procedures/percutaneous coronary intervention. The cardiologists consider which type of stent would be the most appropriate during each procedure, DES are most frequently used. DES requires 9-12 months of ekstra treatment with a blood thinner, while BMS often, but not always ,require shorter time with ekstra blood thinner. There are many different aspects the cardiologists consider before they make a decision of which type of stent to choose. You are free to have a discussion with your cardiologist at Feiringklinikken about this if it turns out that you need a stentimplantation.
Good luck with your angioplasty procedure!