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I have coronary artery disease

By October 10, 2015 - 5:44pm
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I am having a heart cath done and the decision to make is whether to put stents in or have open heart surgery I'm not sure which to have

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Hi TammyFreeman1500

Thank you for your post - you have a big decision to make.

For our readers who may not be familiar with coronary artery disease, coronary arteries bring oxygen rich blood to the heart muscle. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is blockage of these arteries. If the blockage is complete, areas of the heart muscle may be damaged. In severe case the heart muscle dies. This can lead to a heart attack, also known as a myocardial infarction.

Coronary artery disease is the most common form of heart disease. It is the leading cause of death worldwide.

A stent is used to keep arteries open after a ballooned catheter is placed (during the same surgery). You are usually opened in the neck, arm or groin.

Open heart surgery is literally where your chest is opened and your heart is exposed. A healthy artery is attached to the blocked artery and bypasses the blocked artery, letting blood run freely to avoid further heart disease.

Open heart surgery (bypass) used to be the go-to option, especially for those with multiple blockages. But nowadays, stents are also favored.

You'll have to decide this along with your doctor. Have him/her talk to you about the pros and cons, including what kind of work needs to be done on your arteries, surgical risks, recovery time and aftercare.

Please keep us updated!


October 11, 2015 - 8:06am
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