Heart Stint/Stent Information
about Stints in the Heart

Heart Stint
GriffinGird

   

I received my first heart stint/stent on February 11, 1999.

On January 28, 1999 I began to have back pain that led me to go to the ER. On January 30, 1999 I had quadruple by-pass surgery. Just a few day later one of the four by-passes closed and I received my first heart stint, often spelled by folks as "stint" but more correctly shoud be "heart stent." Since then I have had three other stints placed into my heart. Someone told me I was bionic.

I was not having a heart attack when I entered the ER, I thought it was chronic heart burn, but a cauterization demonstrated that I had four blocked arteries, which are the number one cause of coronary artery disease that lead to a heart attack. Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is the buildup of fatty substances one of them being cholesterol along the lining of the coronary arteries. This build up reduces the flow of blood which in turn keeps the heart from receiving enough oxygen. The resulting chest pain associated with a depletion of oxygen to the heart is called angina. About a million Americans will have a new or recurrent heart attack during the year. Of these about forty-five percent will cause death.

As in my case after surgery, one of the ways to unblock a coronary artery is a process called angioplasty. The cardiologist performing this surgery passes a wire or catheter from the femoral artery in the leg, the most common entry, or the radial artery in the arm into the heart to the artery that is blocked. The end of the catheter has a small folded balloon which is inflated to push back the plaque and stretch the artery. Sometimes an expandable wire mesh tube or stent/stint is left behind to continue to help the plaque in the artery from continuing to grow toward closure of the artery.

At this time there are two kinds of coronary stents/stints. I have both kinds of stents/stints in my heart. If you have recurring chest pains you should contact your cardiologist.

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