Patient Comments: Angioplasty and Stents - Complications

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Comment from: Abused in Indiana, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 31

The whole experience was awful. I did not want or consent to the angioplasty procedure. Now I have 2 stents and I feel awful. I was drugged against my will even though I told them no. The CCU nurse thought it would be entertaining by leaving me exposed for her entire shift and not allowing my family to see me. DAPT (dual antiplatelet therapy) causes many issues but doctor is not interested. I have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) from this experience. I would rather die than go through this again.

Comment from: Uncle Tony, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 23

My uncle went in for a simple procedure of angioplasty; it was supposed to be 30 minutes to 1 hour, then back to work the next day. But they punctured his heart and they had to do an open heart to see about repairing it. We lost him because they punctured a hole in his heart and they were supposed to fix it. Please get a second and third opinion to do this procedure. He was healthy 69 years old till 2 weeks ago.

Comment from: Grayslake, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 06

I developed very high blood pressure and skipped heartbeats in December 2017. I saw a cardiologist, did ECG, and found a high rate of PVCs (premature ventricular contractions). Stress ECG showed weak left ventricle activity. I had TEE (transesophageal echocardiography) and angiogram. TEE showed minor issues, but nothing else. Angiogram showed 90 percent LAD (left anterior descending artery) blockage that other tests missed. Drug eluting stent was put in, and I left the hospital the next day. It's now been 5 months and I definitely feel better, have more energy and PVCs have reduced. I am on Plavix with aspirin, valsartan, amlodipine, Coreg, Lipitor, et al; probably saved my life.

Comment from: Livetoride, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 27

I just had my angioplasty 3 days ago; 2 stents. During the procedure my blood pressure dropped to 60/40, and my pulse went up to 170. The night of my procedure my blood pressure and pulse skyrocketed. I was given Ativan, and a drug to reduce my pulse. Because of that, I was held 48 hours for observation. I am home now and feel awful. I am tired, have minor chest pain, and am burping like crazy. It is Christmas Eve. I don't want to go back to the emergency room, but if I don't feel better tomorrow, I will.

Comment from: Connie, 65-74 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 30

My mother went in for three stents and they stopped the procedure after the first was placed and start of the third. Decided to take her to the recovery where she coded and died.

Comment from: Nadean, 55-64 (Patient) Published: May 30

Angioplasty was done entering through the groin, day before yesterday, and stent procedure was performed. I went in weighing 97 pounds and left two days later at 105 with bloating and very tired.

Comment from: SECOND LIFE, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: July 28

I had an angioplasty procedure through my right arm in 2014. Because of the results I had quadruple bypass in July 2014. In 2015 I went to the emergency room for COPD problems and they admitted me due to my medical background. They wouldn't release me from the hospital because they couldn't find a pulse in my right arm. When I saw the cardiac doctor she said in many cases when you have an angioplasty in the arm you will have a decreased radial pulse. So maybe the admitting doctors should be told this so patients don't have to wait 2 extra days in the hospital unnecessarily.

Comment from: beachnut, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: June 16

I was told that my heart beat was slightly elevated. I was given medication to slow it down, which it did. I never received instructions on how to proceed once I left the hospital. I was given medications to take that gave me tremendous headaches (Plavix and Imdur) and a cholesterol pill that I cannot take (kidney pain). The 325 mg aspirin does not relieve my headache. I will probably find out how to proceed after I see the doctor in two weeks.

Comment from: sharmane, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 24

I'm on my second stent, the first went well and it's been 2 years for that one now. I just had my second angioplasty and stent on January 28, 2014, I'm still having chest pains and numbness and tingling in my left shoulder. I have been to the emergency room twice and still they can"t find out anything, this is starting to get real scary for me.

Comment from: mjt714, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 01

I had a stent in my LAD (left anterior descending) artery due to heart attack on 12-6-13 with my artery being 100% blocked according to the doctor. Recovery is going well and feel good.

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