Diabetic and coronary problem

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sweet poison
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   Posted 2/11/2017 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone

My mom is 62,diabetic for almost 20 years with high bp and recently got diagnosed with 65% heart artery blockage. Her cardiologist is suggesting she gets angioplasty done and also get stents in the blocked artery.
My concern is that, shes diabetic so is this a safe option for her? Shes taking lots of drugs for the heart and blood thinning meds also. Shes very worried and afraid of getting it done.
Did any of you get your artery opened and got stents while being diabetic? Do stents save lives? Are there any risks with this and im really worried because shes diabetic and will need to fast before the procedure which will then make her blood sugar level go really down if she doesnt eat anything. Is there any special arrangement for diabetic patients? I really need all the help and info as the doctor has given us only 2 months time to make our decision. Someone pls reply fast and tell which is the safest option to open up blocked artery and are stents safe and will the blocked artery relapse again despite having in the stent??

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   Posted 2/11/2017 9:45 PM (GMT -6)   
hi, blockage, cholesterol, diabetes = cholesterol. cholesterol= blockage=surgery. yeah stents are good. less invasive the better. all precautions are taken with meds and insulin etc. without surgery, i would more worried about the persons health status!! i am type 1 had double by-pass. only 2 culprits were in play, smoking and diabetes. breathe and relax. cardiac surgeons know what they are doing.
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   Posted 2/12/2017 8:39 AM (GMT -6)   
sweet poison, I would be more worried about siting & doing nothing!! My husband is diabetic also & has had procedures done on the heart. The drs are do take all health conditions into consideration. Stents do help people so please & if she is a candidate for this she really needs to have it done.

Take care.
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   Posted 2/12/2017 9:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I am sure you realize there is risk in any surgical procedure. Dr. Bergman video for healing arthritis he explains how you can clean up arteries in 90 days with diet. It will also be helpful with the diabetes. Diet is the key to treating all these problems.


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   Posted 2/12/2017 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
sweet, I am sure you & your mother both know healthy eating habits is a must. If she is not a healthy eater perhaps now is the time she needs to think about changing her diet. Will it prevent her from needing surgery, probably not. eat2bwell posts in these forums about healthy eating cures or fixes everything. This rule of thumb does not apply to every single person.

The best thing you & your mom can do is is make a list of questions to ask the cardiologist. He is your best source of accurate & correct information. Cruising the internet will not be very productive except driving your stress level through the roof with nothing but unknowns.

Stents save millions of people lives every day. It is much better to have a stent put in than run the risk of a full blown heart attack & an open heart surgery. I am sure you don't want this for your mom.

Take care.
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Anna Becker
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   Posted 2/27/2017 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
It sounds like your mother's situation is pretty serious. I agree with straydog that you can surf the net and drive yourself crazy. At this point if you are worried about the procedure, you should get a second or third opinion from various doctors (ie. cardiologist, endocrinologist). Then sit down calmly and discuss the pros and cons. Make a decision based on good information, not emotion.

Once you have made a decision, then you need to address some underlying concerns. While not all, many health problems can be helped, if not cured, by a healthy diet and some form of exercise. I'm the poster child for that. At your mom's age, she can look forward to changing her lifestyle and enjoying herself, or going from medication to procedure to next medication and next procedure. After this crisis is over, do some research and determine how she can begin to get herself in as good of shape as possible.
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