Dad's heart condition

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   Posted 9/13/2012 2:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, I need some advice.
My dad is a diabetic, 61 years old.  He recently had chest pain and went to the doctor to get it checked out.  The doctor sent him to the ER and it was determined he had a heart attack earlier that morning.  They did the angiogram that day and found 3 main arteries that were >90% blocked. The cardiologist determined he needed a triple bypass surgery for the following morning, however before he could complete the angiogram, my dad went into another heart attack and the doctor had to put in 2 emergency stents into one of the arteries since it became completely 100% blocked.  My dad is recovering well, however the question regarding the other two blocked arteries still need to be addressed.  Since he has to take strong blood thinners (due to the stents), he is unable to do any type of surgery for the next couple of weeks. 
We now need to know what the best next step should be.  Double bypass? or Stenting the other two arteries as well (which can be done).  Keep in mind that he already has 2 stents in and if we do the stenting, he would need 3 more stents for the other two arteries making a total of 5 stents.  Bypass is more invasive however more long term according to the research I've read. Also I read that with a bypass, he will have to go off his blood thinners for at least 5 days which increases risk for a blood clot in those 5 days.
Any thoughts?

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   Posted 9/14/2012 7:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there,

I would just like to welcome you to the forum. I am not that good with matters of the heart. I am standing in for the regular moderator who is away at this time. I hope that everything goes well for your dad. Know that we all care...

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   Posted 9/14/2012 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome aboard.  I am so sorry to read about your Dad.  He is very young however he was sure in the right place when he had his second heart attack. Sounds like he got to the Drs. very quickly which is a good thing.
I would encourage you to write down all your questions re the different options for your Dad and then set a time for your Dad, yourself and whoever else your Dad would like to be with him to discuss the pros and cons of each treatment with the Cardiologist.  It is important that your Dad make an informed consent when he chooses which option for his treatment. 
Also the percentage of blockage he has in each artery will factor into which procedure is the best fit for your Dad. 
He is lucky to have you advocating for him and I do wish him the very best with his treatment plan as well as a speedy recovery. 
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