You’ve received a stent. Now what? Singing River Health System’s heart and vascular services team in Pascagoula and Ocean Springs wants you to have all the information you need as you proceed with your heart care.
A stent is a device made of wire mesh similar to a spring found inside a ballpoint pen. Patients who have had a heart attack or chest pain may have an angioplasty procedure, which usually includes a stent placement. When the balloon is inflated during an angioplasty, the stent expands, locks in place and holds the artery open.
Find here some precautions following a stent procedure:
- Care for your incision: you may have been given some instructions on how to care for your incision. Be sure to follow these carefully so your body heals properly. If you’ve forgotten these instructions, or if you have any questions, call your doctor to request assistance.
- Fill your prescriptions immediately: it’s important to fill and take any new medicines that your doctor prescribes immediately. These medicines along with aspirin can help keep your stent open and reduce your risk factors. Be sure you don’t run out of medicine or skip any doses. Do not discontinue any of these medicines. Always report any adverse side effects or reactions to your cardiologist. If you cannot afford your medicine, please notify your doctor immediately for assistance.
- Prepare for your follow-up appointment: if you haven’t already, be sure that you make your first follow-up appointment with your cardiologist. Prior to the appointment, write down any questions you have.
- Dial, don’t drive, call 911: if you think you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack, don’t wait and call 911 immediately!
Heart Attack Warning Signs
A heart attack is a life-and-death emergency, and every second counts. If you see or experience any of the following heart attack warning signs and symptoms, call 911 immediately.
- Indigestion feeling that does not go away
- Chest discomfort that can radiate to the shoulder or arm, neck and jaw, or back
- Shortness of breath
- Cold sweats
- Chest pressure
- Chest pain that comes and goes
- Unusual fatigue
Not all of these signs occur during every heart attack or stroke. Actually, there may be no pain at all. Symptoms may come and go. If signs occur, get help fast. If you think you are experiencing any symptoms of a heart attack, call 911 immediately! Do not attempt to drive yourself to the ER.
Singing River Health System provides 24-hour emergency services to the residents and visitors of Jackson County and the surrounding communities with emergency trained and board certified physicians. Singing River Health System’s emergency room personnel and cardiologists are specially trained and nationally recognized for rapid treatment of cardiac events, and they can take care of you in the event of a heart attack. Cardiothoracic surgeons and cardiologists can manage your treatment and care after an initial visit.
Participate in one of Singing River Health System’s SafeHeart Health Screens®. We offer five quick and easy tests that can identify your risk of a heart attack, stroke or aneurysm. The entire screening takes approximately 15 minutes. Your results will be interpreted by a local cardiologist and a report will be mailed to you within two weeks.
To schedule your screening, contact SafeHeart at 228-896-6733.