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Here's what to do if you have a stent:
Take additional anti-clotting medication. People with stents are given prescription anti-clotting medications, such as clopidogrel (Plavix) or ticagrelor (Brilinta). People who have drug-eluting stents need to take medications, such as clopidogrel or ticagrelor, to reduce the risk of stent clotting for at least one year after the stent is inserted. For most people with bare-metal stents, additional anti-clotting medication is only recommended for one month after stent placement.
Ask your cardiologist how long you should take anti-clotting and other medications. The answer will depend on your type of blockage, the type of stent and your risk of bleeding. Don't stop taking aspirin or other anti-clotting medications without consulting your cardiologist.
If you're considering surgery not related to your heart (noncardiac surgery) in the year after receiving your stent, here's what to do:
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