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Sunday, April 24, 2011 Steven G, Community Member, asks

Q: I have over 20 stents in 2 grafts. I had triple by-pass in 12/1991. I need a double by-pass now but the 3rd. graft is my left mamamery artery. It is grown behind the sternum and no one will operate.

Should I just try for surgery or just stay as is? I am 63 years old. The stents usually block in 6-8 months after placement.
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4/26/11 5:31pm

Hi Steven,

 

I'm not able to offer guidance on where or not you should push for surgery or not. I recommend discussing the pros/cons with your physician. I also encourage you to discuss the cause of the stent blockage. If you make appropriate diet/lifestyle changes you may be able to reduce blockage and lengthen the 'lifespan' of your stents.

 

All the best,

Lisa Nelson RD

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By Steven G, Community Member— Last Modified: 04/26/11, First Published: 04/24/11