My mother is 58 years of age, normal weight, exercises, and has no sign of a heart condition, ie. chest pain , shortness of breath, or any other systems. Recently she went to her doctor with great concern she had breast cancer which in turn made her frantic so when her blood pressure was taken it was 180 over 90, So she was told to go for a stress test which showed two blockages when in a stressful situation, that doctor recommended a cardiac catheterization and angioplasty and stents, this made me concerned and I requested she get a second opinion, the second doctor said he would begin with the cardiac catheterization and then he feels there may be no reason to do anything further than use medication and diet to treat her, he also felt that angioplasty and stints show no prroof in prolonging life expectancy. Her blood pressure has been normal except for that one occasion and she is now a basket case thinking she is dying. I am not sure which doctor I feel more comfortable with, considering her great shape the other no sytem factors and the lowering of her blood pressure. I lean toward the second's precautionary methods. If anyone could shed any light on this it would be greatly appreciated.
Vicki Ferentinos, Sparta, New Jersey, USA, January 4, 2000
I'd be glad to answer
your question if you clarify how you know there are blockages from a stress
test. I assume there was a nuclear or echo stress test. These stress tests only
"suggest" possible blockage and are approximately 90% accurate, which means
they can show 10% of the time a false positive or a false negative. 90% accuracy
is an average over different labs where some labs accuracy sinks to less than
80% which is half way between a fact and a guess. You are half right about angioplasty
not making a big difference. Angioplasty saves lives under certain coronary
conditions where the blockages are more than "significant". One must consider
the level of blockage and the results from and echo or nuclear stress test.
Anyway, noting the date of your question I'm sure you have been updated regarding
the condition. Good luck. ^^O^^
Orhan Kaunis, New York, New York, USA, 11 May 2000
have an irregular heartbeat.I have had regular and nuclear stress tests with
normal results. The pictures taken during the nuclear test (64) showed a slight
eschemia in my heart.I am 70 years old.My doctor wants to do an angiogram to
check for blockage.Can blockage cause an irregular heartbeat?
Ben Buongiorno, Patient, Houston, Texas, USA, 1 Aug 2001
to lower blood pressure
Fredrick Boata, Rima Impex, Ghana, West Africa, 14 Mar 2002
Please note the following disclaimer: The information contained in this web site is accurate to the best of the knowledge of Angioplasty.Org. None of this information should be viewed as a substitute for medical advice or as a consultation with a medical doctor. It is highly recommended that readers discuss any advice with a medical doctor before deciding on a course of action. Angioplasty.Org or its producers assume no liability for any actions taken as a result of information contained on this site, whether implied or expressed. Opinions and recommendations expressed on the FORUM are solely those of their authors. All submissions are reviewed and posted at the editors' discretion. FORUM submissions that are primarily commercial in nature, advertising services or products, are not posted. Any medical advice expressed on the FORUM does not necessarily represent the views of Angioplasty.Org, its producers, or of anyone associated with it, or of others appearing on this web site. Please note that this is a moderated discussion, so your response will appear after a short review.
send comments & suggestions to "info at angioplasty
Angioplasty.Org is an editorially independent informational health