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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Should the ER be visited for hot flashes after cardiac stent placement?

I am 59 year old female I had a small heart attack 4 days ago today is Sunday and i had an angioplasty on Thursday and a stent put in. On my way home from hospital yesterday I had a strong hot flash then a couple again later in the day. And today still having them off and on. Should I go back to the hospital? Or is this normal from procedure or possibly from the many new drugs I am now taking?
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
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I have reviewed your query and here is my advice.

I would explain that the hot flashes are not a common adverse effect related to stents. They could be related to blood pressure fluctuations or anxiety. Coming to this point, I would recommend you to closely monitor your heart rate and blood pressure values during those flashes. If your blood pressure values are high, I would recommend going to the ER for a physical exam, a resting ECG, cardiac enzyme levels and other blood lab tests (complete blood count, blood electrolytes, kidney and liver function tests, fasting glucose, etc.).

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