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A 33-year-old member asked:

My father was told he is not a good candidate for open heart surgery, are there any alternatives?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Larry Maturani
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Some limited options: I assume he had a cardiac catherization. Depending on his age, he may be a candidate for transplant. Not knowing the situation, he may or may not have stenting in the past or his disease is profuse, with little runoff. Or, he could be a poor candidate for other reasons such as copd, diabetes etc etc. I would ask the doctor about other co-morbilities; he may be a transplant candidate.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 57 years experience
Medicine: If for angina, there are some helpful meds. Stop smoking beta blockers other meds to relieve heart failure symptoms cardiology can go over that with you and him.
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Last updated Sep 28, 2016
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