posted by Gary Davenport, SWITZERLAND, September 15, 1997
My father-in-law (56) is to be given an angioplasty. He has recently
developed low blood pressure, although he is physically very fit.
Cardiogram showed a narrowing of artery. Now the options for him are
Angioplasty or Bypass. Question is why has this come so suddenly?
Why can't he continue to use Nitro plasters? What sources of information
are open to us to learn more about this topic or alternatives?
This question so basic cardiologists may not answer it. Symptoms/heart
attack often brought on by narrowing (plaque) of 50% which is too
small to cause symptoms until plaque itself ruptures and causes blood
clot inside artery. This clot then blocks the artery. The disease
is usually progressive over a long period of time, so it is not limited
to just one problem area of plaque.
Probably PTCA, if an alternative, is preferable to postpone CABG since
your dad is only 56 and will probably need CABG at some point in the
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