posted by Bridgette Couch, USA, November 3, 1999
I was wondering if you can do a PTCA on a completely blocked artery? What is the lowest percentage of blockage in an artery before they do an PTCA? ANY info would be great. Thank you

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• I was found to have three arteries blocked in Feb. 1998. One artery was opened by PTCA with stent. An attempt was made through my right wrist for the second blocked artery in April 1998 but failed. In August 1998 another attempt was made but my cardiologist, Dr Liao Chi Ming of Gleneagles Intan Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia found that it was completely blocked by that time! Due to his perseverance, which took a total three hours, the artery was finally opened up and stented. The third artery - about 76% blocked was also opened up and stented at the same session. For this I am ever grateful to this dedicated doctor! In conclusion, I had a wonderful cardiologist who tried and succeeded. I would be happy to be in touch with other patients like me.
K. T. Boey, Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, March 20, 2000
 
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