Living With an Endovascular Stent Graft

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 a thoracic aortic aneurysm, you may have an increased risk for clogging of the arteries and heart disease. It’s important to care for yourself and do what your doctor advises to help you adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Stop Smoking

Smoking damages the arteries, contributes to clogged arteries and high blood pressure, and may encourage the growth of aneurysms. If you smoke, then you should stop, and if you don’t smoke, stay away from second-hand smoke.

Eat a Healthy Diet

Eat more vegetables and reduce the amount of saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet. High levels of fats and cholesterol increase the chance of heart disease due to clogged arteries.

Get Daily Exercise

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.

Long-Term Risks

The long-term risks of the stent graft implant are not yet known, so you will have to be monitored at regular intervals (once every 2 years), 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 implant.

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.

Last updated: 22 Sep 2010

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