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Dr. Andrew Rynne

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Recently suffered massive heart attack, kindly help

My dearest friend: 64 year old female. Type 2 diabetes for 20 years. No exercise (but always *on the go*). Non smoker for life. Has eaten extremely healthy for 3.5 years prior (fruits, veggies, whole grains, fish, no fat or sugar, no alcohol ever, etc). Um, what else, oh double hip replacement about 15 years ago. Recently suffered massive heart attack . Doctor says she has 90% blockage in 3 arteries. Second Dr. concurs with diagnosis. Both say they won t operate because she won t survive the anesthesia. What are her chances? I m clueless in this matter. I just don t want my friend to die. Help. Hey Sarah, everyone. Ah this lady, I love her so much! We ve been friends for yonks. The doctors say she won t survive a general anesthesia. She won t give me any more detail than what I gave. She s at home right now in a hospital-type bed with 24 nurses. She s going by private ambulance to the nearest big city for a third opinion. I m just hurting. She s like a surrogate grandmother to my kids. She s the mother I never had.
Thu, 17 Dec 2009
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I hate to say, but if there is that much blockage, and, given her age, the docs are doing what is best for her. It would be too risky for everyone. Heart failure is different from a heart attack. I know, I've had 2 heart failures. A heart attack is altogether different, wherein the arteries are clogged with cholesterol, fat, and are narrowed to the point where blood can no longer flow to the heart properly. A heart attack can also be the result of other things, but the clogged arteries are a common cause. When there is a chance the arteries can be removed and replaced with one from the leg, that is an option, but if 3 of her arteries are that bad, I really, really, hate to say anything other than you may want to do what you can for her while she is in this situation. May God help you and place her in His care. I will pray for all.
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