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    How serious is the risk of blood clots? What can I do to avoid a clot if I receive a stent?

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    How serious is the risk of blood clots?
    I think the biggest misconception is that when a stent is put in, that’s it’s going to clog up. Absolutely not true, that when a stent is put in that you have this really large risk of a problem. It turns out that it’s really only about 1 or 2 out of 100 patients that have a risk of clots, that if you take your medicine, the Clopidigril and the aspirin, you actually have a very low chance of that happening. 

    – Steven R. Bailey, M.D., FSCAI
       Secretary, The Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions
       Interim Chief of Cardiology
       Director of Interventional Cardiology
       Director of the Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory
       University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio