After your angioplasty procedure, your doctor will prescribe certain medications such as aspirin and pain relief medicine to aid your recovery. You may need to take blood-thinning medication for up to a year. Your doctor may prescribe a combination of low-dose aspirin (which you may need to take indefinitely) and clopidogrel, prasugrel, or ticagrelor (which you may need to take for about a year). Remember to adhere to your doctor's instructions when it comes to your medication, as stopping your medication will increase your risk of a heart attack. If your symptoms are not resolved or return after a time, your doctor may recommend a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or another coronary angioplasty.
Proper rehabilitation is very important after your procedure. Speak to your doctor about a suitable programme, which will help you return to a healthy lifestyle. Your doctor may recommend the following lifestyle changes:
- Maintain healthy body weight. This may require weight loss.
- Do not smoke.
- Follow a healthy, balanced eating plan.
- Exercise regularly