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What can be done to keep 'diabetic' arteries from getting smaller?

My husband is 54, has 7 stents and more blockage. Takes bp, cholesterol and diabetic medicines, all under control. Has been told he will have many more stents, been average of yearly. Has had 1 heart attack when he was 49. Dr. told him his arteries are small due to diabetes. Question: Is there any prevention to keep them from getting smaller? Been told eventually he may not be able to be stented, and bypass surgery may not be a choice either.

submitted by Sherri from Arkansas 11/29/2013

Answer:

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

Denton A. Cooley, MDThere is no known method of enlarging the coronary arteries. Further treatment with stents may be needed, and possibly coronary bypass surgery. 

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