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Monday, August 11, 2008 lissette, Community Member, asks

Q: what happens after you have 90 percent clogged arteries?

The doctor said that 90 percent of my grandmothers arteries are cloggled. is there any thing we can do about it or is it non refersable?

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HealthSupport, Health Guide
8/12/08 12:22am

Lissette,

 

This is actually a fairly complicated question, and only your physician who has a full history of your grandmother's health can properly answer it. First, there are many arteries in the heart, and the location of the obstruction plays a role in the determination of how to manage the problem. One method of determining the location and degree of obstruction is by catheterizing the heart.  This is done by inserting a wire into the arteries in the groin and floating up to the heart.  Dye is injected through the wire and pictures are taken to visualize the arteries.  If indicated, stents can also be floated up to the arteries to expand them and increase blood flow.  Another method of visualization is done by using a very advanced CT scan.  Finally, if needed, bypass surgery, known as CABG, can be performed where other vessels in the body are sewn onto the heart vessels to create a bridge to bypass the clogged area.  This is usually a last resort.  Additionally, clogging of the arteries is usually irreversible.

 

Good luck,

HealthSupport

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James Axe, Community Member
8/11/08 6:42pm

Hello,Sometimes they may do a heart cath and possibly use a stent to keep it open.Jim

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sue, Community Member
8/11/08 9:02pm

They should have her on plenty of blood thinners/and medicines to break up the clogs.  Bi pass surgery may be needed.

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marla, Community Member
12/13/08 10:29pm

hi my name is marla and my mom had a heartattack.  and they took her in to surgery and they told my family she only has one arteries working. the other ones are dead so the unclogg the one and he told us its up to god to let her live.and my mom is also a diabetic and she just had kideny faluire. so she is also on dilasie 3 times aweek  how long could my mom live is  there any thing we can do for her.please help me tell me some good news please.

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marla, Community Member
12/13/08 10:30pm

hi my name is marla and my mom had a heartattack.  and they took her in to surgery and they told my family she only has one arteries working. the other ones are dead so the unclogg the one and he told us its up to god to let her live.and my mom is also a diabetic and she just had kideny faluire. so she is also on dilasie 3 times aweek  how long could my mom live is  there any thing we can do for her.please help me tell me some good news please.

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By lissette, Community Member— Last Modified: 06/03/12, First Published: 08/11/08