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   Posted 12/8/2012 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I am 85.  I had a triple bypass 2 years ago.  I was given a heart doctor afterwards, not the one who performed the surgery.  Recently he had me take a battery of tests.  He said that one indicated that my heart was pumping lower than he said it should.
He wants me to consider installing a stent.  But first he would insert something from my groin to my heart to see whether a stent might help.  Then if it seemed good to install the stent, he would suggest doing that in a separate operation.
I have no complaints that would suggest a heart problem.  No chest pains, for example.  The only complaint is lower back pain when walking, and some thigh pains which make fast walking difficult.
Generally I am against operations unless essential, so have delayed doing anything for at least a year.  Does this seem foolish?  My father and grandfather both died a few years before reaching my age, but my great grandfather lived to be 89.  Maybe that was because he didn't see doctors? <grin>

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   Posted 12/9/2012 8:17 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Germac,

Can't help you with heart issues, not familiar with them. But wanted to welome you to the forum, if you haven't been already.

Take care and keep posting.

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   Posted 12/9/2012 4:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Good Afternooon.  It sound like your Dr. wants to do a angiography to see if you have a vessel problem causing your low cardiac output.  I would kindly suggest that you seek out a second opinion.   Also I am wondering if your Dr. made his dx from a Echocardiogram ?
In this case I think you are right to want to know the odds so be sure to be your own best advocate.
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