On November 20th of last year, I was feeling pain in my chest and after getting to the
hospital was told I was having a heart attack. The doctor said that one minor "diagonal"
artery was blocked and all the main arteries were clear. He put in two stents to open
up the artery and I went home a week later.
Within 24 hours of being home, I was feeling terrible - like a really bad case of the
flu. By the time I arrived at the cardiologist's office, my BP was dropping and I was
losing consciousness. I was stabilized at the hospital and then transferred to
another hospital to be put in the care of a thorasic surgeon, who opened up
my chest and took out "a liter worth of fluid & puss from around the heart". I was
under sedation for 2 weeks with complications including pneumonia, fever, and
blood clots. After that they took me off the ventilator and I slowly came back
to myself. I was treated with IV antibiotic until they felt the infection was gone.
My question is this: Is it a possibility that the stents caused this infection?