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Are fatigue and depression normal after placement of stents? 

I had 8 stents placed on May 27th, 5 in one artery and 3 in another. Everyone tells me I should feel great but I have fatigue and some depression. Is this normal? What is the normal recovery time?

submitted by Diane from Rhode Island on 6/21/2011


by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Scott R. Sherron, MD  

Scott R. Sherron, MDDear Diane,
The primary benefit of stents should be relief of ischemia, meaning lack of oxygen to part of your heart. The most common symptoms of ischemia are chest discomfort or shortness of breath, but fatigue can also occur. Whether you had relief of one kind of symptom, but are left with some fatigue or have had fatigue as a primary symptom all along makes a difference in the answer to this question. It is most common to recover from stents fairly quickly (a few days) unless there was a heart attack associated with the stents. Eight stents at one time is a lot, but can be totally appropriate depending on the circumstances and the anatomy. 
In any event, it would be very reasonable and advisable to go back to your cardiologist and explain these symptoms.  They should not be chalked up to normal or expected without a discussion with him or her. I hope this is helpful.  

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