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Are there treatment options for a 62 year old man with severe heart disease?
Are there medical treatments for 62 year old male with severe heart damage with 50 year history of smoking and 2 bypass surgeries?
submitted by Sylvia from McAllen, Texas on 7/1/2013
by Texas Heart Institute cardiologist, Scott R. Sherron, MD
Yes, there are several medications that can help to control CHF [congestive heart failure] that can occur in the setting you describe. Also, depending on details, there may be options for treatment with your own stem cells. If appropriate, a biventricular defibrillator can be helpful and is a fairly minor surgery. Finally, of course bigger surgeries such as a heart transplant or implantable mechanical pump can be considered if medications fail.
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Updated July 2013