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 How long does a stent procedure take?
- Q Are stents safe?
- Q Will I need to take medications if I have a stent?
- Q How can a heart catheterization determine whether or not I need a stent?
- Q What is a full metal jacket?
- Q Will my stent set off the metal detector at airport security?