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How long for arteries to clog?
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alching posted:
I am a 56 year old male with Type 2 Diabetes and an extensive family history of heart disease. I had a massive heart attack at the age of 47 in 1999. The heart attack was caused by a 100% clog in the LAD. How long does it take for an artery to become 100% clogged? I had a stent implant in 1999 and another one installed in Oct 2007, the second stent was the advanced formula type. It was put inside the old stent which had scar tissue built up around it resulting in an 95% blockage. My chloresteral has been fine and I keep my glucose levels are stable.
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James_Beckerman_MD responded:
Blockages can occur over many years in some cases, although in some individuals they can progress more quickly. Blockages occurring within previously placed stents occur at different rates - up to 30% likelihood in a year with bare metal stents, and less than 5% likelihood in a year for drug coated stents. It's very important that you continue to work hard to keep your cholesterol/blood sugars in good range, and medications are very helpful in this regard. Take care.


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