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What causes fever after angioplasty?

Friday, 08 October 2010
Answered by: Dr OP Yadava
CEO & Chief Cardiac Surgeon, National Heart Institute, New Delhi
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Q. My 62 years old father suffered from heart attack a few days back. Angioplasty was performed on the LCA and a stent placed. After 24 hours of angioplasty, he is getting fever (100 degree Fahrenheit). What causes fever after angioplasty?

A.  Without direct access to patient unfortunately, it is very difficult to give a definitive opinion. In generic terms, fever may come because of the heart attack it self and may last for a few days and then go a way spontaneously. Some times fever may be reactionary to the drugs and extraneous material used during stenting and lastly unrelated causes like infection, malaria or any other such cause may be responsible for fever. I therefore feel, your treating doctor would be the best person to answer this query as to the cause of the fever. I hope, we have answered your questions to your satisfaction, but if you have any doubts, please feel free to contact us and it shall be our pleasure to answer them.

A.  Without direct access to patient unfortunately, it is very difficult to give a definitive opinion. In generic terms, fever may come because of the heart attack it self and may last for a few days and then go a way spontaneously. Some times fever may be reactionary to the drugs and extraneous material used during stenting and lastly unrelated causes like infection, malaria or any other such cause may be responsible for fever. I therefore feel, your treating doctor would be the best person to answer this query as to the cause of the fever. I hope, we have answered your questions to your satisfaction, but if you have any doubts, please feel free to contact us and it shall be our pleasure to answer them.

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