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What is done if arteries start clogging again after triple bypass approx 12 weeks ago?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Varies: Some clot acutely for a variety of reasons. If open, and over time, progressive atherosclerosis, and new plaque can happen in grafted vessels, other vessels, or in grafts. Medical therapy, behavior modification, and reoperation are all considerations!
Dr. Pankaj Kulshrestha
Thoracic Surgery 39 years experience
Early clogging: Use of antiplatlet agents and statin may help to increase graft patency. Early clogging can be from a number of causes. Surgeon and cardiologist should be able to figure out the cause of early closure of bypass graft. Balloon and stent can be deployed to open the artery or bypass grafts.

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Last updated Apr 27, 2013

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