After Your Procedure
Long-Term Antiplatelet Therapy
Almost all coronary interventional procedures involve the use of stents. Until the artery around the stent is healed, there is a risk of blood clots forming on the metal. Patients who have bare metal stents need to take antiplatelet medication for at least 4 weeks after the procedure. Patients who have a drug-eluting stent need to take antiplatelet medication for at least a year after the procedure, and longer for high risk patients. There are several types of this medication. The most common are clopidogrel (Plavix), prasugrel (Effient) and ticagrelor (Brilinta). Patients will likely need to also take daily aspirin to reduce the risk of a heart attack. Do not start or stop taking any medication without first talking to your doctor.