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Blockage of Repaired Arteries

  • 1.  Blockage of Repaired Arteries

    Posted 06-11-2019 17:37
    I underwent quad bypass surgery in June 2013.  Off late I have been feeling tired.  Contacted my cardiologist to report the problem.  At the suggestion of my cardiologist I underwent cardiac cauterization procedure.  Test results indicate I have three blocked arteries.  My main artery "mamar" artery is fully open and functional.  The interventional cardiologist told me not to worry about my failed arteries.

    Did has one faced this problem and if so what steps have they taken.


    Ash Ramamurty

  • 2.  RE: Blockage of Repaired Arteries

    Posted 06-19-2019 14:51
    ​Hi Ash,

    I'm not a doctor and I haven't dealt with your specific problem, but I did have quintuple bypass surgery in February 2018 that included grafting my left mammary artery to bypass my blocked left anterior descending coronary artery (the widow-maker).  I also did a lot of reading in the medical literature, including with respect to the development of new blockages after CABG surgery and learned that, although veins used to bypass blocked arteries do tend to get blocked again over time, mammary arteries are much more resistant to new blockages.  If they used your mammary artery to bypass a widow-maker blockage, and considering what your cardiologist told you, it may be that you're okay for now.  I suggest that you explore this in more detail with your cardiologist, including whether you can resolve the tiredness without surgery and, if you're still not satisfied, seek a second opinion.

    Best of luck and please keep us posted.


    Ira Reid
    Hoboken NJ

  • 3.  RE: Blockage of Repaired Arteries

    Posted 06-20-2019 11:39
    Hi Ira

    Thanks for responding to my concern.  As a mended hearts member I feel very fortunate that others who have faced similar problems have contacted me by posting to the open forum


    Ash Ramamurty
    Washington Metro Chapter

  • 4.  RE: Blockage of Repaired Arteries

    Posted 06-20-2019 10:42
    I had triple bypass in 2007 and CryoAblation to cure AFibs in December 2017.
    Generally the rule for repair on blockage is  If more that 50% blocked, fix it
    If it is less than 50% let it go.
    Do you know your "blockage percentages"? I would be leery of any Cardiologist who says "ignore blockages" unless he/she was certain of the percentages.
    Joe J

    Joe Jansen
    Fort Myers FL
    (239) 461-0980

  • 5.  RE: Blockage of Repaired Arteries

    Posted 06-20-2019 11:32
    Hi Joe

    Thanks for responding to my concern. Yes I am going to seek another opinion from another doctor.


    Ash Ramamurty
    Washington DC - Metro Chapter