The risk of failed coronary artery bypass grafts

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Submitted by Dr T on June 11, 2011 – 10:54am

Hi Dr T, 76 yr old male. undergone CABG for 3 vessel injury in April 2005. From past 1 year, having breathing, perspiration and uneasiness in heart region, after mild exertion.  Like walking for 10 minutes or more and occasional fits of internal burning heat and excessive perspiration.
A recent checkup shows1) Good lipid profile – Total cholestral 128, non diabetic, 65 KG , 165 cm ht , 76 age with parkinson in mild form for 20 years and lumbar issues2) normal XRAY CHEST PA view i.e. both lung fileds are normal. Cardiac shadow is within normal limits.3)Ultrasonography of abdominal & Pelvi organs are normal4)uric acid 8.7, T3 – 72.41, T4- 7.70 & TSH 6.05, Sodium 141, Potassium 5.6  and Chlordie 104; blood urea nitrogen 39.0;  creatinine – 1.9, Fasting glucose 83,  ALT /SGPT  – 24.0, hemoglobin 13.1, hemotocrit 40.1 urin analysis normal5)  2 D echo shows LVEF 40 %, grade I DD +Medicine taken are
tab REL PLUS 1 od
cap COUR 60  1 od
Tab lasix 40  1 od
Carbdiolol 6.25  1/2 BD
Nicorandial 20 mg BD
Losarton 50 mg 1 HS
Atorvastan 20 mg 1 HS
Question:  can I be cured by medicines alone? If so pls suggest the present prescription is oK or suggest changes,or is  angiography/2nd by pass surgery must at this stage/age? Tthanks

The only lab value of concern is a high creatinine (1.9), indicating a problem with your kidneys, possibly as a result of the medications you are taking (presumably for high blood pressure).
I have inadequate information on the function of your heart; the ECHO report is insufficient to tell me whether there is a recurrent problem with your coronary arteries. Your shortness of breath and other symptoms are of concern and certainly suggestive of angina and risk of recurrent new coronary artery disease, as well as the risk of failed bypass grafts:
I suggest you ask for an exercise stress test. If you cannot do the exercise stress test, there are other ways to test the same w/o a treadmill:
If positive, you may need another heart catherization or CTCA (if available in your area):
Hope this helps,
Dr T

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