Q. My grandfather had heart attack. Please suggest a suitable treatment for him.

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Dr. Rishu
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This is a premium question & answer published on Jan 25, 2017 and last reviewed on: Mar 31, 2021

Hi doctor,

My grandfather is 82 years old. He has diabetes as well as Alzheimer's. He had a heart attack before 15 days. Doctors are confused whether to go in for angioplasty or bypass considering his age and diabetic history. He had congestion in the lungs and had breathlessness and sleeplessness when admitted to the hospital. Herewith I have attached his laboratory reports. Please suggest a suitable procedure.



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I have gone through all your grandfather's details (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

Angioplasty above the age of 80 is not a good option. The patient is a subject for CABG (coronary artery bypass graft).

Ejection fraction of the patient is 35% only, and the lesion is very complex to cross. It is better to go for a planned CABG than to try angioplasty and to abort the procedure at that time due to inability to cross lesion.

However, the option to go for minimally invasive by pass surgery should be considered rather than open heart bypass. MICS stands for minimally invasive coronary artery surgery. It is a new technique of performing coronary bypass for CAD (coronary artery disease).

In this technique, the heart is approached through the side of the left chest with a small 4 cm incision. The chest is entered between the ribs without cutting any bones and by splitting the muscle.

Advantages of MICS are no bones get cut, blood loss is almost negligible, infections are reduced, and the procedure lasts only 4 hours, unlike the conventional heart surgery that takes 14 hours. It is very good for old age patients.

For further information consult a cardiologist online -->

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