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Will I need a stent if I have a blocked artery?

Patients don't necessarily need a stent if they have a blockage because there are other treatment options, such as surgery.

Doctors consider a significant arterial blockage to be a blockage of greater than 70 percent. If you have a 30 to 40 percent blockage, doctors would recommend treating you with a statin drug and aspirin because people with 30 to 40 percent blockages don’t necessarily need stents. Stents will not save your life unless you’re having a heart attack.

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