Ask a Texas Heart Institute Doctor
Informed patients make better patients.
How many stents can a patient have?
Can you tell me how many stents a patient can have? I had an MI in September of 2010. I had 3 stents placed then. Approximately 3 weeks ago, I had 2 more. I am a 45 year old male.
submitted by James from Tennessee on 4/28/2011
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Scott R. Sherron, MD
This is a great question. There is no absolute maximum number of stents. Depending on the circumstances and timing, a person could potentially receive 10-15 or even more stents even under reasonable and appropriate care. However, it is right to start to question the plan for high volume stenting if many are done at same setting and anytime the total is above 5 or so. There are times when even well-meaning cardiologists can "get carried away" and forget that bypass surgery remains a very safe, reasonable and effective alternative to stenting. Also, medical therapy is often a very reasonable alternative if symptoms are well-controlled. Overall, decisions about revascularization are complex and must be individualized.
See also on this site:
Has your question or a similar one already been answered?Search
all the Heart Doctor questions and answers.
To search for a doctor or access St. Luke's physician referral service, use the "Find a Doctor" link at the top of this page.
Updated May 2011