posted by Michael,
patient and plant manager, New Jersey, USA, May 25, 1998
Best method of approach for closed off LAD and 85% closed OM? I am a 50-year-old male with hypertension. Catheterization indicated a 100% blocked but well collaterallized LAD and a 85% blockage of the OM. My heart is good, I experience left arm angina with exercise. I was told by the head of a catherization lab that there is a 25% chance of getting through the LAD and a 98% chance of getting thru the OM. What is the best method of approach here? Can someone also tell me if the LAD can be left as is due to collaterals? I have been told I am an excellent candidate for CABG and MIDCAB, but the less invasive the better, as far as I am concerned. I also want to maintain an active lifestyle. Thank you.
Please advise the pro's and con's of angioplasty and bypass surgery if there is a 99% blockage of an artery?
Susan Sweat, Douglasville, Georgia, USA, January 28, 2000
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