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Can a coronary artery be too damaged to have a stent or bypass? 

Is it possible the coronary artery is too far damaged to have a stent or a bypass? 

submitted by Hotwater from Mississippi on 6/25/2013


by Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, Denton A. Cooley, MD  

Denton A. Cooley, MD, FACS, FACC, FCCPYes, it is possible, but some interventional cardiologists have techniques which may be useful. Coronary bypass remains the standard for surgical treatment. If you are questioning whether a coronary artery can be too diseased to have a stent or bypass, the answer is also yes. This occurs most often when the disease is located in the distal coronary circulation. In these instances, medical management is advisable.

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