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Triple Bypass Surgery - Your feedback please
Salmon2000 posted:
I'm 68 and would like to hear from anyone that has had a triple bypass at my age. How are you doing today? Has anyone lived 15+ years? Have you needed more surgery after the triple bypass? Did anyone become disabled after the surgery? Would anyone do it again? Or, does anyone say, don't do it? My situation is that I have 3 clogged arteries, including the main artery to the heart. But, I can walk 3 - 4 miles per day and I do fine except when I overexert myself. Then I just stop when I feel the tightness in my chest. I hope that you will share your experiences. I am worried about rushing into the triple bypass even though that is the recommendation. I would rather just have some stent. Anyone, please share your experience. Thanks!
billh99 responded:
I had triple at 66.

This last week I rode my bike 80 miles and went wakeboarding yesterday and today.

And while I don't have 15 years on it, I have set a goal of riding 700 miles in Oct. The month that I will turn 70 and the 4 year anniversary of my bypass.

My case was similar to yours. No heart attack. But I would be short of breath if I carried anything heavy up stairs or a hill. And I was often fatigued after doing moderate activities and "drop" in the evening.

Technically I only had 2 blockages, but the main one was in the LM (which supplies most of the heart) just before the split to the LAD and circumflex arteries. So they have to put a bypass into to each one of them. And then a 3rd bypass for the 2nd blockage.

While their is a small risk from an open heart surgery & require a recovery period studies have shown that for "complex" cases that over the years the bypass last longer then stents.

"Complex" in this case is based on the number of blockages and if they are near a branch artery, in a bend, etc.

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