I am sorry I did not get to your thread until just now. Big Breath and I hope your cardiologist had time to see you today and you are learning all about what is going on as I write this. Anytime we are told there is a problem with our heart we are bound to become alarmed and you have the right to feel anxious.
So let's take a look at what may be going on; please remember I am not a physician.
Three major arteries feed the heart, and the main one is called the left anterior descending artery (LAD). It runs down the middle of the heart to feed the bulk of the muscle. Your referred to the widow-maker which is a term from years ago before all of the advancements in cardiology. The widow-maker lesion is a blockage — called a stenosis — at the very beginning of the artery.
Diagnostic tests help your heart doctor identify the location, type and extent of your coronary artery disease. The results of these tests, the structure of your heart, your age, the severity of your symptoms, the presence of other medical conditions, and your lifestyle will help your cardiologist, surgeon and you determine what type of treatment is best.
For those who have multi-vessel or left main coronary artery disease, surgery, percutaneous intervention (PCI) or stents is usually what the Dr. will consider.
Some cardiac surgeons feel failure to discuss CABG (coronary artery bypass grafting) means that the patient is often denied the best treatment option.
Again, I am not a cardiologist and what you want is the best treatment and probably a second opinion unless you are in an emergency situation which hopefully will never be the case.
Keeping you in my prayers and hoping to talk with you again soon.
~~Kitt~~Moderator: Anxiety, Osteoarthritis,
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