Posted 4/15/2018 10:00 AM (GMT -6)
My father is 69 years old and his cardiologist suggests him to have an angiogram. Actually the cardiologist had been suggesting this for many years. But my father always declined because he feels fine and the treadmill tests were always alright.
But recently my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer and he plans to have prostate removal surgery. His urologist needs 'clearance' from his cardiologist before proceeding with the prostate surgery. So my father is going to have an angiogram.
The cardiologist then mentioned 2 types of stent. One requires continuous blood thinner for 6 months, and the other one requires 3 months. The later one is thought to be better for my father because he would be able to do the prostate surgery sooner (the prostate surgery needs my father to stop blood thinner about a week prior to surgery).
We also heard a story from a friend, that he was stented with a new type of stent. But after some time, something went wrong and his cardiologist replaced this stent with an older type of stent.
So we are wondering, how many types of stents are there? What are the pros and cons of each type (is there a website that we should read regarding this) ?