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Do I need to take medications if my aneurysm has been treated with a stent?

Dr. Geoffrey P. Colby, MD
Neurosurgery
Patients who have a stent in their artery often have to be on a mild blood thinner (anti-platelet medication) for a minimum of several months, and in some cases long term, since the stent itself can trigger blood clotting.

How does this happen? Platelets will collect on the stent, forming a clot. If it gets washed off and travels downstream in the brain arteries, it can cause a stroke. That's why people who have a stent usually have to be on anti-platelet medication. That typically means aspirin or Plavix, or aspirin and Plavix together. Taking those medications is important. Stopping them without the advice of your doctor can be dangerous in an aneurysm that has been treated with stenting.

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