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open heart surgery and being diabetic on insulin

My husband is 76 years old.  He had a heart catherization recently and was found to have several blocked arteries.  He had 2 stents put in 2011.  Are the risks too great for my husband at his age with insulin dependent diabetes for 19 years to have open heart surgery?

His cardiologist so far has put him a medication regimen to try to help with his blocked arteries.

The only sympton he has had with the placing of the stents was Chest Pressure, no other symptoms.   The same with his recent heart catherization was chest pressure.  In the ER he was given 2 nitroglycerin, 5 minutes apart, the chest pressure went away after the 2nd nitroglycerin.  

Does any good specialist in cardiology think that my husband should have the open heart surgery for bypasses considering the risks regarding his age, his diabetes?

I would appreciate very explanatory answers, easy to understand, what to do in my husband's situation.

Thankyou.
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If it is necessary and his heart in reasonably good shape otherwise, of course, he should have the procedure done. I am only going by what I would do and I am 76. Two friends of mine both 77 years old at the time had it done, one with diabetes type 2 - a triple bypass, the other a quintuple - both are doing fine.
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Thankyou very much for your reply.  
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