Precautions After Intracoronary Stent Implantation

If you have recently received or are about to receive a stent implanted in your coronary artery, please read and follow the following precautions.

 

1. Do not stop Plavix (Clopidogrel) or Ticlid (Ticlopidine) for any reason. If you received a Bare metal stent, you must continue one of these two important anti-platelet medications for at least 4 weeks after stent implantation. You cannot receive any elective surgery for at least 6 weeks of continuous daily Plavix or Ticlid.

 

2. If you received a Drug Eluting stent, no elective surgery can be recommended for at least one year. In fact, Plavix or Ticlopidine cannot be stopped even for one day and must be continued for at least one year.

 

3. Use Antibiotics prior to dental or any endoscopic procedures for the first 3 months after stent implantation. 

 

4. Avoid MRI for 8 weeks after stent implantation.

 

5. If you have any chest discomfort that does not resolve after sublingual Nitroglycerin used three times in a row, call 911 and have the Emergency Room MD contact your Cardiologist. When you take the Nitroglycerin, make sure you wait at least five minutes between doses. Taking too much Nitroglycerin can cause your blood pressure to drop and then you could pass out.

 

6. Keep a wallet-sized card which contains all the necessary information regarding your stent:

- Name and size of stent.

- Type of stent (Bare metal or Drug eluting)

- Location of stent(s) in the coronary vessel.

- Name of implanting Cardiologist.

- Phone number of implanting Cardiologist.

- Date of stent implantation.

Typically, the stent manufacturer provides such cards for your use after the stent is implanted. If you did not receive this card at the time of implantation, call your Cardiologist: he or his staff will make sure you receive this valuable information. Make sure you keep this card in your wallet or purse at all times.

  

                                                       

About Dr. Nanavati

Dr. Vimal Nanavati is an Interventional Invasive Cardiologist residing in San Diego, California.  He was recruited to Northern California from Ohio in 1997 to initiate a quality Cardiology Program for the people living on the Northern Coast of California.  Dr. Nanavati inaugurated the Arcata Heart Care Program and was the director of their first Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Mad River Hospital from June of 1998 to March 1999.  

In 1999, Dr Nanavati relocated to Redding in order to provide his patients with more comprehensive cardiology services.  Since 2005, Dr. Nanavati has been in San Diego providing Cardiology Services.

Dr. Nanavati performs cardiac catheterizations, angioplasty, coronary Stent deployment, intracoronary ultrasound, and Doppler Pressure measurements in the coronary artery.  He also provides the complete array of non-invasive diagnostic tests such as echocardiography, stress testing, pacemaker follow-up, and EKG testing.  Since March 2002, Dr. Nanavati has added EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation), the only noninvasive therapy for angina not amenable to intervention or bypass surgery.

Dr. Nanavati received his medical training in Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up.  After finishing his fellowship training at the University of Illinois in 1993, he traveled to Ohio where he was in practice until 1997.  Dr. Nanavati is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine.  He is a member of American College of Cardiology, Society of Angiography, and Interventions, American College of Physicians, California Medical Association, and San Diego County Medical Society.

Dr. Nanavati's Philosophy of Patient Care in his own words: 

"Treat every patient as if they were your own family member."

"If I cannot provide the most advanced therapy, I will find someone eminently qualified who will."

"The smile on a patient's face is my greatest reward." 

"If you don't need the procedure, I'm not going to order it." 

"The best patient is the informed patient."

Dr. Nanavati feels it a singular honor and privilege to serve the heart care needs of all patients and family members who use this site. This website is dedicated to them.

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Dr. Vimal Nanavati is an Interventional Invasive Cardiologist residing in San Diego, California.  He was recruited to Northern California from Ohio in 1997 to initiate a quality Cardiology Program for the people living on the Northern Coast of California.  Dr. Nanavati inaugurated the Arcata Heart Care Program and was the director of their first Cardiac Catheterization Lab at Mad River Hospital from June of 1998 to March 1999.  

In 1999, Dr Nanavati relocated to Redding in order to provide his patients with more comprehensive cardiology services.  Since 2005, Dr. Nanavati has been in San Diego providing Cardiology Services.

Dr. Nanavati performs cardiac catheterizations, angioplasty, coronary Stent deployment, intracoronary ultrasound, and Doppler Pressure measurements in the coronary artery.  He also provides the complete array of non-invasive diagnostic tests such as echocardiography, stress testing, pacemaker follow-up, and EKG testing.  Since March 2002, Dr. Nanavati has added EECP (Enhanced External Counterpulsation), the only noninvasive therapy for angina not amenable to intervention or bypass surgery.

Dr. Nanavati received his medical training in Chicago, Illinois, where he grew up.  After finishing his fellowship training at the University of Illinois in 1993, he traveled to Ohio where he was in practice until 1997.  Dr. Nanavati is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Diseases and Internal Medicine.  He is a member of American College of Cardiology, Society of Angiography, and Interventions, American College of Physicians, California Medical Association, and San Diego County Medical Society.

Dr. Nanavati's Philosophy of Patient Care in his own words: 

"Treat every patient as if they were your own family member."

"If I cannot provide the most advanced therapy, I will find someone eminently qualified who will."

"The smile on a patient's face is my greatest reward." 

"If you don't need the procedure, I'm not going to order it." 

"The best patient is the informed patient."

Dr. Nanavati feels it a singular honor and privilege to serve the heart care needs of all patients and family members who use this site. This website is dedicated to them.


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