Most patients who are treated with angioplasty and stenting are released from the hospital on the day of, or the day after, the procedure. Your interventional cardiologist will inform your general cardiologist about the outcome of your procedure. And your cardiologist will, in turn, communicate with your primary care physician. This way, all the key players on your team are kept up to date on your progress.
After a stent procedure, your interventional cardiologist will provide prescriptions for blood-thinning drugs, such as Plavix (clopidogrel) or Effient (prasugrel) and aspirin. It is very important that you follow your interventional cardiologist's instructions for these medications. And even after you begin to feel better, you should never stop taking your medications at any time without speaking with your cardiologist.