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My stents failed within days after treatment for a heart attack
The right coronary artery is totally blocked, but its downstream portion is filled backwards from the Left coronary artery's major branch, the LAD.
- Re: additional arteries growing above blockage, it is called "collateral flow" and it may yet happen. However, it is not as effective as a normal blood flow. Your doctor should have told you that a heart healthy lifestyle and medications may prevent your Coronary Artery Disease from worsening. It will NOT improve!
- For whatever reason, when treated for your heart attack, your stents failed, not unusual and occurring 10-15% within the first year, even then requiring medications to prevent this from happening. You probably should have a coronary bypass operation and may still need one.
Hope this helps,
Image from: Toshiro Matsunaga, et al: Angiostatin is negatively associated with coronary collateral growth in patients with coronary artery disease. Am. J. Physiology - Heart and Circulatory Physiology,1 May 2005.
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