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Friday, November 14, 2008 LISA, Community Member, asks

Q: WHEN THE ARTERIES ARE TOO CLOGGED FOR A STINT AND IF YOU CANT HAVE A BYPASS WHY NO OPTIONS

MY BOSS HAS A VERY SMALL HEART ATTACK (1st ONE)SO THE DOCTORS TOOK HIM IN TO SEE IF THERE WERE BLOCKAGE AND IF THERE WAS THEY WERE GOING TO PUT STINTS IN AT THE TIME IF NEEDED, BUT THEY SAID THAT HIS ARTERIES WERE TOO CLOGGED TOO PUT IN ANY STINTS AND HE COULD NOT HAVE A BYPASS. THEY TOLD FAMILY THAT HE COULD NOT GET WORKED UP AND THAT HE WOULD NEED TO BE ON A VERY STRICT DIET. THEY ALSO WILL HAVE HIM COME IN EVERYDAY FOR ABOUT 7 WEEKS TO DO SOME TYPE OF CIRCULATION THEREPY ON HIS LEG????(HE HAD NO PROBLEMS W-HIS LEG) MY QUESTION IS WHAT WOULD BE THE REASON WHY HE COULD NOT HAVE A BYPASS AND SHOULD HE GET A SECOND OPINION?

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mary, Community Member
11/20/08 8:34am

My opinion is its always a good idea to get a second and third opinion just to make sure and it gives the patient a peace of mind that he hasn't overlooked any possibility of help available. Probably the reason for not getting a bypass would be that when your heart arteries are in that bad a shape its not just limited to the arteries in your heart, it's throughout ones body. Thats for everybody. We just find them in the heart first usually fm patients seeking medical care due to some heart related complaint or BP issues. The risks of the surgery probably outweigh the possible benefit which means its a little on the dangerous side and might not have a good outcome. And of course the rest of his health history factors into this- smoker? diabetic? hypertension? past cardiac events?  This is why we need to take care of ourselves early on because what you do early in your life will catch up to you in the long run.

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By LISA, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/20/12, First Published: 11/14/08