posted by Sheila, Irvine,California, USA, 7 Jun 2001
Hi my dad is 62. Last weekend he underwent angioplasty on a 70% blocked artery and had a stent placed in it.10 years ago he'd gone through a bypass on a 99% blocked artery. That graft has completely degenerated as revealed in his angiogram two weeks ago. His surgeon opted to leave the graft and the 99% blocked artery alone saying "the risk is huge if we touch it and also there are many people with two or three blocks who are managing fine with medication and lifestyle changes. Also the heart will manage with supplemental growth." I am concerned about this artery that has been left alone. Also what is the life of the artery that has the stent placed in it? On this and other forums I am reading about people who are constantly going back to their doctors for restenting every few months. Any advice, opinion or feedback would be really appreciated. Thank you!


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