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Should I get a stent or have bypass surgery for a blocked coronary artery?
9 doctors weighed in

David Miller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Cardiologist?
This is a decision that needs to be made by you and your cardiologist based on the results of your exam and testing.
The factors will include the degree of blockage and whether the blockage is in a place that can be easily stented. If it can't be stented then it must be bypassed.

In brief: Cardiologist?
This is a decision that needs to be made by you and your cardiologist based on the results of your exam and testing.
The factors will include the degree of blockage and whether the blockage is in a place that can be easily stented. If it can't be stented then it must be bypassed.
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David Miller
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Dr. Philip Ovadia
Surgery - Thoracic
2 doctors agree
In brief: And Cardiac Surgeon?
Depending on the location and number blockages, and other factors such as your overall health and age, bypass surgery may be a better long term option even if a stent is possible.
Ideally, both a cardiologist and cardiac surgeon should be involved in the discussion as to how best to treat blocked coronary arteries. Sometimes, medical treatment without surgery or a stent may be the best option.

In brief: And Cardiac Surgeon?
Depending on the location and number blockages, and other factors such as your overall health and age, bypass surgery may be a better long term option even if a stent is possible.
Ideally, both a cardiologist and cardiac surgeon should be involved in the discussion as to how best to treat blocked coronary arteries. Sometimes, medical treatment without surgery or a stent may be the best option.
Dr. Philip Ovadia
Dr. Philip Ovadia
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Dr. Yoshifumi Naka
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: Not necessarily
All the coronary blockages do not have be treated with stents or bypass surgery.
Some of them may just need medication. Please consult your cardiologist.

In brief: Not necessarily
All the coronary blockages do not have be treated with stents or bypass surgery.
Some of them may just need medication. Please consult your cardiologist.
Dr. Yoshifumi Naka
Dr. Yoshifumi Naka
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Dr. Mark Anderson
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: It depends!
It depends on numerous factors including items such as your medical history and the number and severity of blockage found on your cardiac catheterization.

In brief: It depends!
It depends on numerous factors including items such as your medical history and the number and severity of blockage found on your cardiac catheterization.
Dr. Mark Anderson
Dr. Mark Anderson
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