Plavix and Oral Surgery

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Bill H
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Date Joined Jan 2006
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   Posted 1/24/2006 3:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello All,
My name is Bill (50 yr old male), and I was scanning the web for information on taking Plavix, and when to quit for a few days before Oral Surgery. Well I found this site, so I had to Join and post!
First of all I had a Heart Attack on Feb,29 2004, yep leep day..Well, two stents later,
I am on Plavix, and Asprin along with Toprol and Zokor. Yesterday I had a crown fall off, and called the Doc, he said quit taking plavix 5 days before the Oral surgery and start
back on it the day after. And I allways double check him with a little research, just me
I guess. I have learned a lot the last two years, heck I even like healthy food and the treadmill now... :-)    Has anyone else run into post stent surgery? Did you have to quit plavix and or Asprin? If so how long? Currious minds must know!
Also, I would be glad to help anyone with a little support while going through a Heart
Attack...just write me..
Bill H

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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 32
   Posted 1/25/2006 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   

Most people are not on plavix that long post stenting--the best trial for Plavix looked at at least 3 months, but up to a year was beneficial. One of the fears with these new drug eluting stents is that they may slow the "endothelialization" of the stents -- which is the process where the body grows tissue over the stent. Without this endothelialization, there is increased risk of stent thrombosis--the stent acutely clotting off, and causing a heart attack. However, I doubt after 2 years that your stents have not endothelialized, so you could probably go off plavix for 5 days safely--and then talk to your cardiologist on why he has continued you on plavix.

Bill H
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Date Joined Jan 2006
Total Posts : 11
   Posted 1/26/2006 4:17 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the reply Doc, and I do plan on asking that queston on my next visit.

Thanks again
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