Submitted by Dr T on January 7, 2015 – 9:23am
There is no straight answer. Optimal treatment depends on whether there is viable heart muscle in the infarct area or whether there is only a residual scar that will not benefit from improving the blood supply. If the first is true, bypass surgery(CABG) has much better results than stenting in preventing further damage and improving heart function. I answered this question in detail here and expect #1 is the case in your father’s case and CABG the best option. CABG maintains and often improves the heart function, so that the “motor” can go back to doing its duty, which is to pump blood to the rest of the body.
Hope this helps,