Chris, where exactly do you mean? They went in via the groin, and it's like when they take a blood test, and it left no scar tissue (I've had it done twice).
Or do you mean in the heart itself? I don't know about that. When I had my angiogram five years ago, they put in two stents -- regular stents, not the ones that emit medication -- and I have tests done twice a year and everything is absolutely fine. I also have a stent in my neck (carotid artery) and it is also examined by doppler every so often, and it is completely clear. No one has ever mentioned the possibility of any scar tissue, not inside the heart and not in the carotid artery.
That's my personal experience, for what it's worth! Well, for me it has been worth everything, because my life has been saved! I am so grateful to the doctors.
A scar wouldn't bother me in the least. I was asking about scar tissue, which can sometimes be felt beneath the skin - rather than seen above it.
The spot I am referring to is also an area where there are lymph nodes. As a 2 time survivor of non hodgkins lymphoma, I was trying to figure out if a previous cardiac procedure could have caused a small amount of scar tissue, which might feel similar to an enlarged lymph node.
I have a lot of practice referring issues to my doctor - oncologist or otherwise<grin> As Amy said, it's my health history that puts me on alert.
With this post, I figured on doing a little of my own information gathering. I have put a call in to my onc and will take it from there.
Esther, I wouldn't say you were flippant; please don't worry about that. Actually, it is important to engage in thorough post care, as followup to a serious medical event. It is also important not to allow your life to be defined by illnesses, otherwise you become a boring perpetual victim - a little perspective is good.