A coronary stent is not like a pacemaker. A person cannot go or call to his or her cardiologist and say, "Hey, doctor you non-invasive you know what, get over here and check my stent out! I'm having some pains and what not and I want to know what's the problem." The physician cannot dial in to some piece of equipment and determine if the stent is functioning properly. A physician, once the patient visits the physician in his or her office: may use a stethoscope to listen for a bruit sound- this is when the blood flows in a distressed or turbulent way through the heart from the damaged artery. The physician may also determine the ratio of systolic blood pressure from the ankles and arms to determine if arterial obstruction is present, if levels are below 0.9-this is called ankle brachial pressure index(APBI). The physician may also obtain an EKG, if results indicate 1st, 2nd,or 3rd degree heart block then the chambers of the electrical system in the heart are not working properly due to a blockage. That's if they decide to do all of this or if they want to run over to the local hospital for more incomes to see patient who has already been seen and prodded by several other doctors of all specialties.
In any event what else can be done, since stents and their effectiveness become
questionable? After non-invasive examination of a patient proves that there is a problem probably coming from the stented artery or another artery that has become blocked, more testing by way of nuclear stress test or angiography should be done to determine where the blockage is. The problem here is not that the artery has to be re-stented because in time the new stent will eventually need to be replaced just as pacemakers do ect. Artifical components in the body usually only last for a period of years before having to be replaced. Besides stenting or re-stenting, should plaque and the removal of in the arteries be done as though you're going for a minimal procedure appointment minus the wait? This may be more effective, if it can be done on a person depending on how bad the artery damage is. Atherectomy is a procedure that removes plaque in the heart artery through catheters. If an atherectomy can be done by using hydrated silica(not to be confused with crystalline silica which is a toxin) and calcium carbonate inserted through catheters in attempts to vaporize the plaque from the arteries, this would cleanse the arteries and thus one would no longer need a stent. This procedure may depend on the condition of the arteries, but if a person has more than one blocked artery and was able to have the plaque removed, this would reduce heart disease and heart attack risk by half without the worry of stenting. Although, atherectomy may not be for every patient with heart disease it should be an option for those whose arteries can tolerate the procedure. Stay out of the woods with atherectomy, and yes, an invasive physician should do these kinds of things. More incomes, let's see usually not made by medical office staff, mostly made elsewhere. Can America really do this?