Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Stents Cause Arm Pain?

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 04:05 PM

Question: Two years ago I had two heart stents installed. Now when I wake up in the morning I sometimes have a light pain in my left arm. I’m a middle-aged man. Is this something I should be alarmed about?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Are you going for regular follow-up visits to your cardiologist? You mention that two stents were placed two years ago; your doctor will know the site and type of the stents used in your case. In view of continued pain in your left arm, it is possible that you may have developed another block elsewhere or the stents are themselves not functioning as they should. Sometimes, a blood clot can form in the stent and cause a sudden re-narrowing or even a complete blockage. If the pain gets progressively worse as the day progresses, especially even after minor exertion such as standing or talking, you need to visit your doctor right away.

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Heart stents can cause arm pain in some cases.
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