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An_253140 posted:
I am a 63 yr old vet that has artery disease and has to date 31 stints I have had bypass surgery I also have diabetes,high blood pressure stomach problems plus ptsd.ON my last stinting the drs.told me they had done all that they could to correct my problem.Guess you could say death is my only option.I ask about another bypass but was told not a option due to no place to graph onto plus no arteries to use,was ask to see a stem cell dr but am having trouble deciding.I am running out of options and time since next to last stints only lasted 9 months and its been 2 since last one were put in .Any suggestions would be appreciated
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cardiostarusa1 responded:
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31 stents, Holy Moly!

......"was ask to see a stem cell dr but am having trouble deciding".

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

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Best of luck down the road of life.

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