Posted 1/30/2013 9:22 PM (GMT -6)
My name is Jarod and I am a 40 yr old male with serious familial heart disease. I have been dealing with heart disease for 12 years now. I was originally diagnosed with 3 vessel disease when I was 28. I had some stents placed that bought me three more years. At 31 yrs of age I was almost completely blocked in the Left Main and Left Anterior Descending as well as the Right Coronary. They bypassed all three arteries using the right and left mammary arteries for the left side occlusions and a veinous graft from my leg for the Right Coronary. Well to make a long story short I have recently found that I am once again blocked up on the right side....I was stented about a month ago and unfortunately received my first heart attack as a result of complications during the procedure. I have reasonably good perfusion on the left side of my heart and the cardiologist described the mammary arteries supplying the left side as widely patent. The problem as I see it is that a CABG is only good as its weakest bypass conduit and unfortunately veinous grafts are not very good. At this juncture I feel I should push for another bypass to deal with the old vein graft bypass. I am thinking the radial artery as a free graft would be my best option at this point. I feel pretty alone right now and and fear that they may try to stent again once the vessel degrades further.....i dont want another heart attack. The heart attack they gave me during stenting was "minor" they said, however, there is some mild movement issues with my right ventricle now. My ejection fraction is still at a normal 55%. Please if you have a similar story to tell or can offer me any advice I would be appreciative. I have two little girls ages 2 and 3 and I am starting to wonder what my chances are of seeing them grow up.