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Heart attack 17 years ago,single bypass,Coronary heart disease,shortness of breath,clogged arteries,necrosis of heart

Yes, thank you for being here. My husband is 55 years old. He had a heart attack at 38, a single bypass, and was diagnosed with CHD. He has had shortness of breath for about a year now and has contributed it to being out of shape. I made him for for a physical. Our PCP said he needed to have a Stress Test done, which was scheduled for today; however at the testing center, his Cardiologist told him he could not do the stress test as his heart was only working at a 50% capacity. (they did an EKG and some time of ultrasound of the heart, which confirmed the 50%) They then told him he could have clogged arteries or nicrosis of the heart, then sent him home! In my medical experience as a nurse, he should be in the hospital getting an angiogram or somethine. Please advise. Thank you
Asked On : Sun, 29 Apr 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon 's  Response
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Since your husband's heart is working only at 50%, he needs further investigations and treatment. You need to consult his regular cardiologist and get him adequately investigated so that proper treatment can be started early.
I hope this information has been both informative and helpful for you.
Dr. Praveen Tayal
Answered: Sun, 29 Apr 2012
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Cardiologist Dr. Saeed Ahmed's  Response

Thank you for your question,
I am fellow expert in cardiology and will try to help.
Based on his evaluation he needs stress echocardiogram, it has got sensitivity and specificity of more than 85% in diagnosing the coronary artery disease. If this test comes positive then we need coronary angiogram to see his coronary arteries.

I hope this helps.
Answered: Mon, 30 Apr 2012
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