Heart Disease Community
Stents
About This Community:

This patient support community is for discussions relating to angina, angioplasty, arrhythmia, bypass surgery, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease, defibrillator, heart attack, heart disease, mitral valve, pacemaker, PAD, stenosis, and stress tests.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

Stents

My dad is 90 years old. He has had stents inserted about 3 times. He has another blockage that needs to be opened up. I took him to the local hospital here in Las Vegas. They performed an angiogram and the doctor tried to insert the balloon without success. He said he could only get it in half way because prior operations had left to much tissue in the way. Is there a chance there is a doctor around that has more experience in this procedure. Is there an alternative course of action?


This discussion is related to Angiogram Results .
3 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
63984_tn?1385441539
I'm younger than your dad (71), but also had two blockages that couldn't be fixed with stents or the balloon procedure.  I had eight previous stents.  I asked for a second opinion and a second try, and ended up with radiation burn on my back from the effort to do what simply couldn't be done.  I finally relented to have bypass surgery, and got through it fine, but I'm younger than your father, and it's a tough surgery/recovery.  

If I were your father and in wonderful physical condition, I'd give heart bypass surgery a go.  If I wasn't in too good condition and not exercising daily, I'd opt for drug therapy that would make me comfortable.  Hope that helps.
Blank
976897_tn?1379171202
I'm not sure but I think your two cases may be different. I think one is talking about scar tissue and the other plaque?
larryjphotos I believe the Cardiologist is saying that he is unable to get the catheter through previous interventions because of the amount of scar tissue which has formed. With Plaque, there are some very good Cardiologists out there who have developed amazing skills with available tools. They can chip away at the plaque and capture large pieces, like digging a tunnel through the hard layer until they reach softer material. Scar tissue is very different, it's actually a part of the artery lining. I did some research on this a few months back and there are ways around this. However, finding a good cardiologist with the necessary skillset is a different matter. There are a range of new lasers available which can get rid of scar tissue, and they don't need a guide wire, they can be guided from the rear. I think to gain access to such expertise, or equipment, you may need to approach a training/research hospital. I had to do this in 2009 to have my Left artery opened up. Cardiologists in all my local hospitals told me the procedure was far too dangerous and impossible. The imperial college in London found it very easy. Consultants are one thing, but you need to go up a level to the professors and researchers. You could of course opt for bypass surgery, but not everybody has luck with that. I had a triple bypass in 2007 and all the usual promises but it all failed after 3 months. I was shocked to learn that this is not uncommon, some only last a matter of weeks. Of course, there are those who are lucky to have them stay viable for years, but it's a gamble.
If you do find someone with the ability to stent your Fathers blockages, I would ask them if they can use a drug eluting balloon. The drug coated stents don't really apply much drug to the artery lining to stop scar tissue. A drug balloon touches all the artery lining, coating all of it. If you imagine a wire mesh stent expanded, only the wire has the drug. All the spaces between the wire obviously have nothing. Those balloons are quite new and have been having good success across Europe.
Blank
1236893_tn?1408490528
YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xUgKekv57hI&feature=youtube_gdata_player
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
BloodPressure Tracker
Monitor Your Blood Pressure
Start Tracking Now
Blank
HeartRhythm Tracker
Track your Heart Condition
Start Tracking Now
Recent Activity
Avatar_n_tn
Blank
Cowboylips commented on 7 Tips to Breathe Bet...
2 hrs ago
1755089_tn?1376057155
Blank
drewlevas uploaded new photos
5 hrs ago
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
siwells48 commented on Portion Distortion: H...
13 hrs ago
Heart Disease Community Resources
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
Top Heart Disease Answerers
976897_tn?1379171202
Blank
ed34
watford, United Kingdom
159619_tn?1318997813
Blank
erijon
Salt Lake City, UT
63984_tn?1385441539
Blank
Flycaster305
97303, OR
612551_tn?1247839157
Blank
Jerry_NJ
NJ
Avatar_f_tn
Blank
skydnsr
212161_tn?1391090750
Blank
heartfluttersflyawayplz
hoschton, GA