Care After Your Angioplasty & Stenting

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

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Care After Your Angioplasty &Stenting___By SabaSeptember 10, 2019Recovery from angioplasty/stenting is usually very brief, and many of the patients are able toreturn to their work life after a few weeks. Before you leave hospital, you’ll be given detailedinstructions for exercise, medications, follow-up appointments, ongoing wound care andresuming normal activities. But if you forget some things here and there, then this article is foryou.Although it’s very common to feel ‘different’ for a short while after your coronaryangioplasty/stenting procedure, but with precautions and care, you’ll be able to return to yournormal life in a short while (but don’t get me wrong, it will still take some weeks! ).

So, here are some of the things that you need to be careful of during your recovery.

1.Eating Habits 

Well, as the saying goes, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” You’ll be told by your doctor to eat a well balanced healthy diet. You’ll need to avoid greasy foods and fast foods. This will help your body to heal, reduce your risk of complications and enable you to recover well. A healthy diet will also reduce the risk of plaque building up in your arteries again. A healthy diet provides your body with plenty of heart-protective nutrients - like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and dietary fibre. Ideally, your diet should include: 

● Meat - and/or meat alternatives such as eggs, tofu, legumes and nuts 
● Fish - 2 serves of oily fish per week such as salmon, mackerel or sardines will help you get plenty of heart healthy omega-3 fats.
● Whole Grains - good wholegrain choices include wholemeal or wholegrain bread or crackers, brown rice, wholemeal pasta, quinoa, freekah, barley, rye, rolled oats, polenta and couscous.
● Dairy - preferably low fat
● Healthy fats - a small amount of healthy fats and oils from nuts, seeds, avocado and oily fish
● Water - avoid sugary soft drinks and drink alcohol only in moderation Aim to consume 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of vegetables and 4 or more serves of wholegrains - depending on your energy needs. Some other tips to help you eat well include:
● Reduce your salt intake - use as little salt as possible when cooking as this will help to lower your blood pressure and help prevent fluid retention
● Avoid sugary foods - these are often eaten in place of healthy foods and can contribute to weight gain. 


Since you’ve got your angioplasty, you should just kick that smoking out of your life (if you were a smoker before...). Smoking does no good to your body and doing it again would only increase your chances of getting another heart disease. So, quit smoking and have that healthy lifestyle.


You should start exercising, because it will help to speed up your recovery, and it’s a key component of a healthy lifestyle. Exercise increases your fitness levels, helps control blood pressure, weight and cholesterol, and keep you relaxed. Start with short and simple walks, and gradually increase the length and intensity. You can walk as much as you like as long as you feel comfortable, and daily walking - if only for a few minutes, like 10-20 minutes - is ideal. If you have any questions about your exercise program, ask your physiotherapist or occupational therapist.

4.Other Activities 

As you recover from your angioplasty/stenting, you’ll need to ease back into your regular activities slowly. 
● Driving – if you have not had a heart attack, you can resume driving as soon as 2 days after your surgery. If you have had a heart attack, though, you will need to discuss with your doctor when you can resume driving. Also, if you drive a commercial vehicle, including a taxi, you won’t be able to drive for 4 weeks and will need clearance from your doctor. 
● Heavy lifting - it’s best to avoid lifting objects heavier than 5kg for 1 week. If any work or leisure activities involve heavy physical activity, discuss these with your doctor or cardiac rehabilitation team.
 ● Travelling - Metal detectors used in airports and other screening areas don't affect stents. Your stent won’t cause metal detectors to go off. So, there you have it. Remember to take very good care of yourself and stay healthy, so that you can recover faster and live a happy lifestyle.

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