January 24, 2010

“Why Did I Have a Second Bypass or Stent So Soon?”

Posted in Heart disease tips, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:47 am by keepyourhearthealthy

Many people wonder why they required a second heart procedure so soon after their first. For instance, someone might have bypass one year and then stents or a second bypass only a few years later! Normally, bypass is supposed to be “good” for around 10 years. So why do some people end up with more problems in a much shorter period of time? Sometimes you can do everything right and still end up with more heart problems!

If you are doing all the right things by taking your medicines, eating right and exercising, the answer may be that your body is just more aggressive in the process of building up plaque than most other people. Also, you have to take into account that the arteries and veins used in bypass to replace the blocked ones may not be perfect to start off with. The best replacements for the blocked arteries are the internal mammary arteries. They are well known to last longer than the saphenous veins. Unfortunately, that also means that saphenous vein grafts are in fact much more prone to failure in a shorter period of time.  One study has estimated that 20% of all saphenous vein grafts fail within 2 years!  Whether it is your body’s tendency to build up plaque quickly or accelerated failure of a poor graft, you’ve got to stay in tune with your symptoms to prevent further damage to your heart. Be extra cautious when experiencing chest pain or discomfort. Call your cardiologist or go to the ER if you suspect that something is wrong with your heart!

1 Comment

  1. Bob said,

    Great advice. Also would again stress the point that if you have recently had a stent placed (within the last 12 months) it is very important that you do not stop taking your Plavix.
    If you have additional questions, I sincerely recommend reading Sharon’s book. It is a quick, and very informative read.

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