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Clogged arteries at 86 yrs. old

Posted by @elvandi, Jun 13, 2017

Wondering if my brother at 86 yrs. old, in good health with a healthy heart, has 3 clogged arteries, should consider stents or by-pass surgery to correct the problem. Has anyone with a family member experienced this for an elderly person, and what was the results of their procedure.
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Hi @elvandi,

I’d like to introduce you to @thankful @cynaburst @contender1 @retairforceman @ronbee @llecrup @lyndamm @swanny @michael123 @yarrum who have had coronary bypass surgery, and may have some insights to offer. I’d also like to ask Connect’s Mentors @predictable, @hopeful33250, if they have any thoughts to share?

Here is some additional information from Mayo Clinic:
Coronary bypass surgery http://mayocl.in/2mA2p4G
Coronary angioplasty and Stents http://mayocl.in/2cYnrto

@elvandi, has your brother discussed various treatment options with a cardiologist?

I have not had bypass surgery, though I did have another open heart procedure. However, for an elderly person, it seems like a less invasive approach would be best. My husband had a stent placed and did quite well afterward. The procedure itself was not very difficult for him and recovery was easy. They biggest issue was all of the medicines he had to take afterward. I believe that Plavix is always required after a stent. He got his after he had a heart attack though, so his treatment was not optional. What do his doctors recommend? How occluded are the arteries?

@elvandi I also feel that this decision should be made jointly with your brother’s doctor. At age 86, even in relatively good health, I would personally opt for the less invasive surgery. Has your brother expressed an opinion on a treatment plan? Do you think he understands his options and the risks in this case? Teresa

@cynaburst

I have not had bypass surgery, though I did have another open heart procedure. However, for an elderly person, it seems like a less invasive approach would be best. My husband had a stent placed and did quite well afterward. The procedure itself was not very difficult for him and recovery was easy. They biggest issue was all of the medicines he had to take afterward. I believe that Plavix is always required after a stent. He got his after he had a heart attack though, so his treatment was not optional. What do his doctors recommend? How occluded are the arteries?

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My brother of 86 , had the stent procedure. They had to use 6 stents. He is home the next day and so far doing well. Thanks.

@hopeful33250

@elvandi I also feel that this decision should be made jointly with your brother’s doctor. At age 86, even in relatively good health, I would personally opt for the less invasive surgery. Has your brother expressed an opinion on a treatment plan? Do you think he understands his options and the risks in this case? Teresa

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He had the stent procedure , using 6 stents to unclog, came home the next day and seems to be doing well. This was done at the VA hospital in New Haven,Ct. with a skilled doctor. Thanks

@hopeful33250

@elvandi I also feel that this decision should be made jointly with your brother’s doctor. At age 86, even in relatively good health, I would personally opt for the less invasive surgery. Has your brother expressed an opinion on a treatment plan? Do you think he understands his options and the risks in this case? Teresa

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@elvandi Thanks for the update! I’m pleased to hear that he is doing well. Teresa

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