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PAD and stents
msrytw posted:
I am 49 yrs old and have recently been diagnosed with PAD. My cardiologist told me I may need a stent. I am going to a vascular surgeon tomorrow and am terrified of surgery. Due to previous bad experiences, it terrifies me. The cardiologist explained somewhat Friday and I know the surgeon will go into detail. I would like to hear a patient viewpoint (someone who has already had this done).
James Beckerman, MD, FACC responded:
It might be helpful to ask your doctor why you "need" a stent. Unless you are in danger of losing a limb, stenting helps primarily with symptoms, which can improve your ability to exercise more. It might also be worth discussing a structured exercise program which may help improve circulation to your legs and improve symptoms, even without a procedure.
cardiostarusa1 responded:

I'm not a peripheral artery disease (PAD) stent patient, but just wanted to mention here, though PAD (which typically affects both legs) often goes hand-in-hand with coronary artery disease (CAD), it may/can have a different course (severity) as that of CAD.

The bottom line

Stents (bare-metal or drug-eluting) are only a Band-aid or spot-treatment as it does not address the disease process and what drives the progression.

Best of luck down the road of life.

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