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What are the risks of open heart surgery?

My mother is 86 years old and needs open heart surgery. She has 2 blockages is one artery 70%, I am very concerned about the high risk of her dying having the surgery, or also having a stroke. She also has a history of dufficulty to stop bleeding.
Mon, 22 Jun 2015
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hello,I have gone through your query.At the age of 86 open heart surgery definitely carries high risk.Therefore you should opt for angioplasty instead of surgery,if lesions in artery are suitable for procedure.i also suggest that 70% block is borderline ,so you must ask your treating doctor for increasing doses and optimising medical management.surgery should be last option that too if patient is willing.
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