Hi Jo, I have met with my GP and he is a reluctant right now to deal with my stent. As time goes by, I might become more insistent about some blood monitoring...we'll see. I am eager to see if the position of my stent is holding fast. Generally, there is always a hinge of concern, but that is the risk I took when I pursued all of this and I have faith in the doctors to be using the best product available. In the meantime, I went to a large supplement chain in my town and they provided a lot of information about products that assist in vein health. Here is what I take right now: Cayenne/Garlic capsules which I am told thins the blood a bit, Zinc 50 mg, Nattokinase 100 mg and Venous PF by Jarrow Formulas. I certainly recommend asking your doctor whether these might be beneficial for you. When I go back this time, I intend to talk with Dr Simka about the long term maintainence, just to get their opinions. I tend to be a educated risk taker in life and compared to where I have gone physically, it was the right choice for me. If my EDSS was below 3, maybe I would delay a stent for a few years and let the momentum move the technology along. As someone with fatigue and needing a wheekchair most of the time, the benefits out weight the risks for me. Thanks for your concern and I will certainly keep you posted!