Re: Is anyone treating long term angina with anything other than angioplasty?
I have a totally blocked LAD that has a collateral vessel bypass, and an ICX that is about 70% blocked. For the past 7 years, I take a nitrate prior to going to the health center for an exercise routine 3X a week. The nitrate (isosorbide) is a longer lasting med, and I take a nitro (short term effect but faster) if the occasion arises....almost never happens.
My ICX occlusion could be stented, but my non-interventional cardiologist believes medication if the symptoms are controlled, stents greater than 70% stent if meds are not effective, and if the location, size, etc. of the occlusion can not support a stent implant, then bypass.