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    Heart Blockage
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    Kay1954 posted:
    Dec. 23,2011 I had open heart surgery. Aorta Valve replacement. I had a Nuclear Stress test performed on Tuesday 04/09/2013..My doctor has called and told me that I have a blockage in my heart. I have to have another Cath on Thursday 04/18..How will they correct this blockage? Will I have to have open heart again?
    Can anyone answer these questions?
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    billh99 responded:
    Depending on the number, size, and location they might want to do a bypass, which would mean open heart surgery.

    But many, many blockages are fixed with surgery. A catheter will be used to insert a balloon that is expanded to open the blockage and then a stent is placed to hold it open.

    Often that is done during the Cath test.
     
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    Kay1954 replied to billh99's response:
    Thanks Bill..I am praying that it will be stents..open heart is hell..I really do not want to go through that again


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