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Can two blockages (90% 70%) be successfully treated with meds

Can two blockages (90% 70%) be successfully treated with meds, exercise and a heart-healthy diet? My mother was recently found to have an 80% blockage in one of her main arteries. Balloon angioplasty was performed and a stent inserted. She also has two blockages on the other side of her heart in veins branching off from an artery (70% and 90%). Because of their location, the heart doc said stenting them would be extremely complicated, delicate and dangerous so he s recommending meds, a heart-healthy meal plan and exercise as an alternative for now. My question is: Do you, or anyone you know, have such blockages that were successfully treated with meds, a heart-healthy diet and exercise instead of stents? Thanks.
Asked On : Sat, 19 Dec 2009
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Nikki, I had two stents implanted about a year ago, one was for 95% blockage and one for 90% blockage. They put me on plavix , blood thinner, and aspirin and after six months or so I had a lower intestinal bleed due to the blood thinner and I lost five units of blood in less than one hour and was rushed to hospital where I was repeatedly told that I was very, very sick. They were wonderful to me and I survived it all after one week in the ICU. I do watch everything I eat and have eliminated saturated fats and hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated foods altogether. My exercise is limited to work around the house but it seems sufficient. This is after stent emplacement rather than instead of. I don't know how it will all work out long term, but, I have placed my life in Gods hands. I'll pray for your mom. God bless.
Answered: Sun, 20 Dec 2009
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