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Living With the Therapy
In most cases, you can expect to return to your normal life after endovascular stent grafting. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should return to old habits.
As a person with an abdominal aortic aneurysm, you may have an increased risk for clogged arteries and heart disease. So, take care of yourself and do everything you can to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Smoking damages the arteries, contributes to clogged arteries and high blood pressure, and may encourage the growth of aneurysms. If you smoke stop and, even if you don’t smoke, stay away from second-hand smoke.
Eat a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol. High levels of fats and cholesterol increase the chance of heart disease due to clogged arteries.
Take a walk, swim, ride a bike, but don’t lift weights. Regular exercise helps control blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Start off slowly, and check your plans with your doctor to ascertain how much exercise is right for you at this time. Don’t lift weights or other heavy objects without your doctor’s approval.
The long-term risks of the stent graft implant are not yet known, so you will have to be monitored at least once a year, for the duration of your life, with imaging devices such as computed tomography (also known as a CAT scan or CT). You may need to have more frequent exams and images taken if your doctor feels that there is a problem with the implant.
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