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    post surgery bypass arteries are clogged
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    bbswan posted:
    He had quad bypass surgery 13 years ago and now the bypass arteries are clotted. He is told another bypass is not an option. He is going in to talk to a specialist in another hospital on Tuesday. What questions would be good to ask? I have the normal "what are the options, long term expectations (1-5 years), etc.
    What options can be looked at? crrp, angioplasty,etc.
    Thanks for your input.
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    cardiostarusa1 responded:
    Hi:

    "He is told another bypass is not an option"

    In general-only here, and beyond drug-therapy, if/when common procedures, first time or re-do, such as angioplasty, with or without stents, or coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgey are not deemed feasible, as applicable to the patient, there may/can be other options, that includes non-invasive EECP, laser-based TMR and gene therapy/transfer.

    FDA approved non-invasive Enhanced External Counterpulsation (EECP) treatments.

    Are You a Candidate for EECP Therapy?

    http://www.eecp.com

    Surgical-based transmyocardial revascularization (TMR, FDA approved).

    Holmium:YAG laser

    http://www.cardiogenesis.com

    Growing your own so-called "bio-bypass" (collateral vessels) around blockages in the heart, and in the legs
    It's known as gene therapy/gene transfer, which has been in experimental phases for quite some time now.
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    As reported, over the last 20 years, gene therapy has moved from pre-clinical animal investigations (animal models) to human clinical studies for many diseases ranging from single gene disorders, to much more complex, multi-factorial, multi-conditional diseases such as dreaded cancer and cardiovascular disorders.

    Readers Digest Online - February 2008

    An experimental treatment is giving desperately ill heart patients a new lease on life.

    A process called angiogenesis. The experimental procedure had shown great promise in two German studies, and the FDA had approved the launch of the first American clinical trial.

    The technique involves injecting the heart with a protein called fibroblast growth factor 1 (FGF-1).

    "The protein is like a seed that causes new vessels to sprout, creating a network of capillaries and small arteries."
    FGF-1 occurs naturally in the body.

    http://www.readersdigest.com.au/heart-hope

    The bottom line

    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a life-long unpredictable condition (can exhibit periods of stabilization, acceleration, and even some regression), requiring a continuum of care.

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