Long-term Effects of Interventional Procedures
Interactive cardiology procedures can be quite successful. In many cases, patients do not experience complications and their symptoms are alleviated for several years. Other patients may require additional treatment, sometimes involving surgery. For example, if restenosis occurs, another angioplasty or bypass surgery may be necessary.
Most patients who undergo interventional cardiology procedures need to take medications afterward, sometimes for life. These medications are monitored carefully and must be taken exactly as prescribed. It is important for patients to comply with their medication and treatment plan. Noncompliance can increase the risk for developing long-term complications.