Is It Normal to Have Chest Pain After a Heart Stent Procedure?

Chest pain is not uncommon during the first few weeks following the implantation of a heart stent, according to the Heart Center of North Texas. Doctors prescribe nitroglycerin for patients to take when the pain occurs. If the pain persists, the patient may require medical care.

Following a heart stent implantation, chest pain, or angina, may occur due to coronary spasms as a result of stretching and inflammation of the artery that occurs during an angioplasty and heart stent procedure, says the Heart Center of North Texas. Physicians direct patients experiencing angina to take a nitroglycerin pill every five minutes for 15 minutes until the pain subsides. If the nitroglycerin does not relieve the discomfort, then emergency medical care is necessary.