Once a stent is opened in an artery, the tissue cells of the artery wall begin to grow over the stent. The stent becomes a part of the artery wall and cannot move. Patients sometimes ask whether serious jolts such as one sustained in a car accident could dislodge the stent and cause it to travel in the artery. Because the stent is embedded in the artery wall, it will remain in place even during any severe jolts.
- Q What is a drug-eluting stent?
- Q What is coronary stent placement?
- Q What could happen if I don't get a stent?
- Q Might I be allergic to my stent?
- Q How do stents function differently in a woman's heart?
- Q How are stents directed through the blood vessels?