have a question. my husband had angioplasty done and had no blood thinning medication given to him. Why have you chosen to have your patients use them?
First impressions mean a lot. During my first procedure, an excellent angioplasty went on to clot. Despite two attempts to dissolve the clot over the next three days, i was unable to keep it open.
I think i have a second patient who stopped the anticoagulation and then had recurrent symptoms. Ultimately thought to have also clotted off the vein.
When angioplasty is done, the inner lining (endothelium) is torn intentionally to allow the remainder of the vein to dilate. Those tears have a propensity to clot, so anticoagulation is valuable to avoid clotting while the endothelium heals.
I am very happy that your husband did not clot his vein, although the patient I treated did not have any change in symptoms after the vein clotted.
Zamboni used anticoagulation in his series, so, as i have said before, I will follow his lead until I have sufficient experience to disagree with him and change technique.