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My dad is 80, and doesn't want to get a heart cath to detr if he has clogged arteries. What could the repercussions be of not doing the procedure?

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Dr. Steven Ajluni
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
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In brief: Discuss w doctor

That is certainly his right.
Many patients with CAD can be managed effectively w conservative strategies. Lack of even a confirmatory diagnostic heart cath might lead to a path of medication choices based on presumption rather than a confirmed diagnosis. This exposes him to potential side effects as well. Regardless, current data suggests that these procedures can be done safely in the elderly.

In brief: Discuss w doctor

That is certainly his right.
Many patients with CAD can be managed effectively w conservative strategies. Lack of even a confirmatory diagnostic heart cath might lead to a path of medication choices based on presumption rather than a confirmed diagnosis. This exposes him to potential side effects as well. Regardless, current data suggests that these procedures can be done safely in the elderly.
Dr. Steven Ajluni
Dr. Steven Ajluni
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Dr. Calvin Weisberger
Internal Medicine - Cardiology

In brief: Cad

At 80 he likely has abnormal coronaries.
If he is not symptomatic on coronary artery therapy like aspirin, beta blocker, statin and maybe other, and is satisfied with his functional capacity, i wouldn't bug him. If he gets symptomatic on therapy the angio is important to see what additional therapy is possible to improve his quality of life.

In brief: Cad

At 80 he likely has abnormal coronaries.
If he is not symptomatic on coronary artery therapy like aspirin, beta blocker, statin and maybe other, and is satisfied with his functional capacity, i wouldn't bug him. If he gets symptomatic on therapy the angio is important to see what additional therapy is possible to improve his quality of life.
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
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