Jerseydream
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Jerseydream, December 12,  2020  3:43am EST

Coronary Artery Disease

May 2020 was diagnosed with Coronary artery disease. Shock of my life !!!..Cardiologist mentioned that nothing can be done to cure this.100 % occluded circumflex artery calcified. The 2 other main arteries are at 30% stenosis. Mentally has me torn.The angina serves as a constant reminder that I have this disease..

 

 

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  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, December 13,  2020  6:09pm EST

    I am not a doctor but I have to admit I am confused by lack of an effective treatment. I would definitely seek a second opinion. I too was diagnosed with coronary artery disease and like you it was the shock of my life. I had difficulty dealing with it as I was told that three of the four main arteries going to my heart were severely blocked. I was encouraged to have a bypass operation and although I resisted at first, it turned out to be a smart decision. I ended up with a quintuple bypass. That was over 9 years ago and I feel well these days. As I stated earlier, I don't understand why you can't be treated. I don't want to give you any false hope but please seek out other cardiologists if for no other reason to support (or dispute) your current cardiologist's treatment conclusion.

    Please let us know how you're doing!

    Jim

  • Jerseydream
    Jerseydream, December 13,  2020  11:12pm EST

    Hi Jim

    Thank you for the uplifting response. I did seek an 2nd opinion at the  finest NY heart hospital. 

    Doctor mentioned that due to the anatomy of the circumflex vessel. it would be to risky to stent the occlusion.  " The risk out weighs the benefit ".

    The Doctor mentioned I have collaterals that provide sufficient oxygen . This does not help me if another vessel becomes occluded. 

    It appears the Doctors are waiting on me to have a heart attack and survive to perform a PCI prodecure. 

    Hopelessly and Mentally depressed

     

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, December 14,  2020  12:49pm EST

    I was told by the cardiologist that gave me the original diagnosis that stenting would be very dangerous. He told me there are blockages in areas that branch off and if any piece were to break off, that would be an immediate heart attack. He told me that before they would be able to proceed in any direction that I have to consult with a heart surgeon to offer an alternative, safer and ultimately healthier recovery for treatment. As I said, when they proposed bypass, I was concerned and skeptical but they convinced me it was the right treatment and I do not regret it. By the way, the hospital I went to has gotten high accalades as one of the top heart hospitals in the country. I had researched this and my surgeon prior to my procedure. I realize we are all different and our treatment options don't fit everyone but continuing to research can provide the possibility of a potential benefit. 

    Jim

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