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    boulderpatch posted:
    my father was advised by his doctor that his chest pain is due to calcified veins and that there is nothing that can be done for him. he had triple by pass in 1988 and has been doing well since then. he thought he was having angina issues and finally pursued it with the doctor. he does not smoke, enjoys walking, keeps his weight under control, and watches his diet. what options are there?
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    ......"and that there is nothing that can be done for him."

    "What options are there?"

    While options, as deemed applicable to the patient, can not be properly addressed via the Internet (which has serious limitations/restrictions), more often than not, there is something that can be done about it, just have to find the right doctor(s).

    ......"was advised by his doctor that his chest pain is due to calcified veins"

    Hmmmmm, veins, not arteries?

    What diagnostic tests did he have to determine this specifically?

    "He had triple bypass in 1988 and has been doing well since then. He thought he was having angina issues and......"

    The bottom line

    Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) is just a clever way to temporarily (sometimes lasting a long time and sometimes lasting a short-to-medium time) circumvent the problem (atherosclerosis) as it doesn't address the disease process and what drives the progression.

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a lifelong unpredictable (may/can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration and even some regression) condition requiring a continuum of care, as well as good doctor-patient/patient-doctor communication and understanding at ALL times.

    Best of luck to your father down the road of life.

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