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My father is 70 years old and has type 2 diabetes. He has always exercised and taken good care of himself. He had a stress test done and did not pass. They suggested a catherization. Well, they told him he had 3 arteries blocked. One is blocked 100% and the other are almost completely blocked. They told him that he was a walking time bomb and needed to have bypass surgery.

Ironically enough, his brother (my uncle) had bypass surgery on Dec 13 2004. he was 78 years old. the surgery was a success, he looked great after the surgery but 3 days later he sadly passed away. the hospital claimed it was a blood clot.

Because of this, my father refuses to have the surgery. I tend to agree with him, although I am devastated with the news. I cannot live without him and I want the best for him. I read that there is something called ANGIOPRIM that clears up blcoked arteries. [url]http://www.angioprim.com[/url]
Has anyone heard of this? Also, does anyone have any advice on alternatives to bypass surgery for diabetics?

Any information you can provide me with would be greatly appreciated.
EvaMarie,

Find a cardiologist who is fond of doing angioplasty and stent. Often the choice is not clear cut as to what is needed only what the doctor specializes in. Perhaps feeling the doctor out ahead of time is a good idea. Tell him you want to avoid bypass if at all possible.

MANY people have 3 arteries successfully stented.

My cardiologist does ONLY angioplasty and guess what I got for a completely blocked Right Coronary Atery? Correct in one...angioplasty and stent and I felt great when I walked home the next morning.

If a doctor who specializes in angioplasty says he needs bypass, then he needs bypass.

P.S. I think the angioprim "oral chelation" is a ripoff and shouldn't be allowed. It is not approved for any medical conditions. Any claims they make are cloaked under the benefits of EDTA intravenous chelation...a very different treatment in no way connected to this silly mix of amino acids and "proprietary" nonsense.
About 14 months ago I was dx'd with a totally blocked LAD, 70% circumflex branch and 98% RCA blockage. Subsequent to ER for pumonary edema the RCA was stented. The partially blocked RCA had developed collateral vessels that fed into distal end of the totally blocKed LAD providing a natural bypass. Bypass was not considered an option because my EF was very low, and there was MV regurgitation due to an enlarged LV.

Medication has reduced the size of the heart to normal, EF up to a low normal of 50% and severe MV regurgitation is now moderate. This all came about in a very short time with medication, proper diet, and exercise. As the heart heals the outcome may be even better!

At the present time I workout 3 times a week, yard work, etc, and I feel great at the age of 73. The non surgeon cardiologist says my condition is OK for a bypass and MV repair, but because I am doing so well with the present regimen, surgery does not appear to be necessary at the present tiime.

I may be a walking time bomb, but there are no guarantees that go with a heart operation either!

Quote: [B]If a doctor who specializes in angioplasty says he needs bypass, then he needs bypass.

P.S. I think the angioprim "oral chelation" is a ripoff and shouldn't be allowed. It is not approved for any medical conditions. Any claims they make are cloaked under the benefits of EDTA intravenous chelation...a very different treatment in no way connected to this silly mix of amino acids and "proprietary" nonsense.[/B]

I agree without any further comment.





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