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How many stents can you put inside each other? 

In July 2010, I had a heart attack. A stent was put in and my heart showed no major damage. In Oct. 2010, I was back in the hospital and the stent was 80% blocked. I am about to go back into the hospital again in Feb. 2011. My doctor tells me that bypass is not an option because the problem artery is at the end (proximal to mid PDA). I was wondering how many stents you can put inside each other? Or am I at the limit?

submitted by David from Florida on 2/14/2011


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Patrick J. Cook, MD  

Patrick J. Cook, MDI've not heard of placing more than one stent inside another. [However, multiple stents may be placed; see previous posting noted below.]

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See also a previous question/answer regarding stents:

       Please explain the technique for placing two stents in the same artery.

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Updated February 2011
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