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  •  Actually the original stents had about a 30% rate (0+ / 0-)

    of re-occlusion, so they were definitely a better choice than bypass as a first line of treatment. Stent placement is minimally invasive, the aorta and heart are accessed via either the femoral artery in the groin or the brachial near the elbow. The recovery time is hours rather than weeks with an open heart bypass to reestablish circulation to the heart.

     The meds can be very effective over time, but with a full occlusion of one or more of the cardiac arteries, you don't have time, every minute without oxygen, more heart muscle dies and the likelihood of survival decreases, so there is a place for both approaches.

    (former critical care RN ;-) )

    Information is abundant, wisdom is scarce. ~The Druid.
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    by FarWestGirl on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 12:45:17 PM PST

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