How many stints should be put in the heart?

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  • 7 years ago
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    Coronary stents are placed in the coronary arteries where ever there is a block. Not every blockage can be treated with angioplasty. Some patients who have several blockages or blockages in certain locations may need coronary bypass surgery.

    The 2004 ACC/AHA CABG guidelines state CABG is the preferred treatment for:--

    * Disease of the left main coronary artery (LMCA).

    * Disease of all three coronary vessels (LAD, LCX and RCA).

    * Diffuse disease not amenable to treatment with a PCI.

    The 2005 ACC/AHA guidelines further state: CABG is the preferred treatment with other high-risk patients such as those with severe ventricular dysfunction (i.e. low ejection fraction), or diabetes mellitus.

    The latest trend is to do bypass graft through key hole surgery.(i.e., by minimum invasive method). This involves minimum hospital stay, early healing of surgical wounds and less surgical complications.

  • 7 years ago

    The number of stents depends upon the number of blockages. Maybe you had refused surgery? If so, then it may take quite a few stents to accomplish the same thing.

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