Angioplasty is a minimally invasive endovascular procedure, which uses a special balloon to widen the narrowed blood vessels of the heart caused mainly due to atherosclerosis. This procedure restores the blood flow to the heart that has been reduced due to the formation of plaque in the blood vessels. It is used to reduce chest pain caused due to decreased blood flow and to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

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How to treat diabetic constipation?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 56 years old. He has diabetes for the last ten years and high BP for the last six years. Last year he had undergone angioplasty operation with two stents put in two arteries. After the initial medicines, now he has been put on Atorva 40 mg once a day, Embeta 50 mg in the...  Read Full »

Dr. Hariharan V

Diabetologist, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Nutritionist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the history and the prescription of your father. With diabetes, hypertension, and heart problems, taking many medications and a restricted diet may cause constipation. He should eat more green leafy vegetables. He can also safely take Lactulose syrup ever...  Read Full »

Do I need to take Beta-blocker and Calcium Channel Blocker for variant angina?

Query: Hello doctor, I ended up with emergency angioplasty after two and a half hour of cardiac pain. The doctor found totally occluded LAD, opened it to 50 percent with angioplasty. He recommends bypass surgery and am waiting to see cardiac surgeon. I am concerned with diagnosis which were almost non-exi...  Read Full »

Dr. Sukhvinder Singh


Answer: Hi, Welcome to The diagnosis of variant angina and STEMI due to total occlusion of a vessel do not go hand in hand normally. The documents provided by you also do not mention that you have variant angina (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Please provide more clarificati...  Read Full »

Are angioplasty and ring fixing safe in an 80-year-old with history of four heart attacks?

Query: Hello doctor, My mother’s age is 80+ and she had heart attack four times. Two attacks in quick succession a year back and two attacks quick in last one month. Her heart pumping capacity is about 35 % with kidney creatinine 3.4 mg/dl. But it is decreasing now. She never had diabetes. But alway...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Although bypass or angioplasty can be done in old age, if the health of patient is promising, but if other health issues are present then it becomes a high risk case. As your mother's kidney function is poor, it becomes very risky to have an angiogram done because even...  Read Full »

Do my TMT reports show anything serious?

Query: Hi doctor, My father has undergone angioplasty last year. He went for TMT review last week. His TMT report shows variations, but he has no symptoms. His blood profile is normal for blood sugar and cholesterol. He is currently taking the following drugs, Deplatt 75 mg (0-1-0), Rozat 5 mg (0-0-1) and...  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Criticalcare Physician, Diabetologist, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician, Medical Gastroenterologist, Nephrologist, Pulmonologist, Rheumatologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query in detail and I understand your concern. I need to know a few more details to help you better. Is there any history of diabetes or chest pain or hypertension? Does he get breathlessness on walking? Does he suffer from any swelling over the fee...  Read Full »

After two months of angioplasty, which diet will be helpful?

Query: Hi doctor, My father had an angioplasty before two months. He is fine now. But, he is getting restless in eating by avoiding most of the food. Please instruct me the food items which my father can eat.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for the query. Your father can eat all fruits, dry fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy products including milk without cream, one whole egg or two egg whites per day, fish, chicken, salad, pulses, lentils, and legumes. Limit red meat and salt to minimum. Spice...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to get bypass or angioplasty for blocked heart valves?

Query: Hello doctor, My father is 51 years old with normal weight (fit), yet he has diabetes and now a heart problem. Just got an angina attack. Doctors say bypass or angioplasty are the options since three of his heart valves are 70 to 80 % blocked. He is on a strict diet with no oil at all and only sala...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Science is based on evidence and experiment. As for as three-vessel disease and diabetes mellitus, the evidence favors CABG (bypass) if there are suitable targets (which means vessels can be attached as a bypass). There are many trials which support this decision. Anoth...  Read Full »

What are the treatment options for peripheral artery disease (PAD)?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 47 year old female, who has had a 90 % blocked carotid artery and subsequent endarterectomy at the age of 42 years. A year later, I had a massive heart attack and 100 % block in my right coronary artery. I was just diagnosed with PAD (Peripheral Artery Disease) last week. Additi...  Read Full »

Dr. Vivek Chail

Family Physician, General Practitioner, Radiodiagnosis Physician, Radiologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your query in detail. Please find my observations below. Statins are widely used to treat PAD. Depending on other conditions, antihypertensives and medicines to control blood sugar levels are prescribed to patients with hypertension and diabetes res...  Read Full »

Why is the patient not eating properly after angioplasty?

Query: Hi doctor, My dad had gone through angioplasty a couple of weeks ago. He is not at all feeling hungry. At maximum, he is eating an apple a day. Due to this, he is feeling so low and worried. Hence I asked him to stop taking medicines for a day. Please guide what could be the reason. He is a diabeti...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Cardiologist, General Practitioner

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It is normal after surgery, angioplasty and any other procedure to have lessened appetite for a few days to weeks. This is because of stress and anxiety. Just be relax and live a normal life. And never stop medicines even for a single day. The stent will get blocked and...  Read Full »

Can Ksheerabala tablets be taken for back pain by an angioplasty patient?

Query: Hello doctor, My husband is suffering from lower back pain. If he stands for more than five minutes, his legs start shaking and he has to sit. He also underwent an angioplasty six years back and is under medication. Can he take Ksheera bala tablets for his condition?  Read Full »

Dr. Ishwar Chandra Rai

Ayurveda Specialist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The low back pain is very common due to the strain of the muscles, ligaments or tendons connected to the backbones or vertebrae. Sometimes it is due to an intervertebral disc prolapse or compression of nerves. When muscles unable to hold weight they causes severing. Thi...  Read Full »

Was my father's death due to pulmonary edema or medical negligence?

Query: Dear doctor, My father died during angioplasty. The treating doctor said that the death is due to pulmonary edema. But we suspect it may be because of a medical negligence. I need a second opinion.  Read Full »

Dr. Saumya Mittal

Diabetologist, Family Physician, General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hi, Welcome to What happens in a heart attack is that the patient's heart is not functioning properly. It does not maintain the speed and pressure required. And therefore, the blood and the fluid collects in the body including the lungs. When the fluid collects in the lungs, a person ...  Read Full »

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