Most people with a Medtronic stent graft can’t even tell it’s there. Since abdominal aortic aneurysm is often a risk indicator for clogged arteries and heart disease, many people take this opportunity to shift toward a healthier lifestyle.
In most cases, you can expect to live a normal life after endovascular stent grafting. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should return to old habits.
As a person with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you may have an increased risk for clogged arteries and heart disease. So, take care of yourself and do everything you can to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Smoking damages the arteries, contributes to clogged arteries and high blood pressure, and may encourage the growth of aneurysms. If you stop smoking and, even if you don’t smoke, stay away from second-hand smoke.
Eat a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol. High levels of fats and cholesterol increase the chance of heart disease due to clogged arteries.
Take a walk, swim, ride a bike, but don’t lift weights. Regular exercise helps control blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Start off slowly, and check your plans with your doctor to make sure what amount of exercise is right for you at this time. Don’t lift weights or other heavy objects without your doctor’s approval.
The long-term risks of the stent graft implant are not yet known, so you will have to be monitored at regular intervals (e.g. once every year), with imaging devices such as ultrasonography or computed tomography (also known as a CAT scan or CT). You may need to have more frequent exams and images taken if your doctor feels that there is a problem with the graft.
Information on this site should not be used as a substitute for talking with your doctor. Always talk with your doctor about diagnosis and treatment information.