Make sure ahead of time that the person doing the angiogram is a person qualified to do angioplasty and stent, i.e., a qualified cardiologist.
Having two procedures when everything can be done in one is unnecessary risk and unnecessary worry and often unnecessary expense.
I had everything done in short of an hour and that's the only way to go.
I even skipped the stress test, my symptomatology was so pronounced and long lasting (a decade.)
It was very clear to me that I had a major blockage and I chose the best cardiologist in New York WHO DID ONLY PERCUTANEOUS WORK (no bypass) and had a record of many angioplasties and NO DEATHS. (NY State requires online records of the results of this procedure for every doctor in the state.)
Make sure you are prepared and your wishes known if the results are "significant blockages requiring bypass"...don't be caught off guard. My doctor said that he had a surgeon on standby if a bypass was needed and I gave him WRITTEN instruction that he was NOT to proceed with bypass unless I, or my legal representative in the waiting room in the event of my being unable to respond, gave the OK for bypass.
"Failing pre-approval, DO NOT DO A BYPASS unless my life would end in a few minutes without it and I was unconscious, i.e., basically a torn artery or a severe heart attack caused by the procedure."
I did not want a bypass except in case of imminent death. I'd have preferred conservative treatment if stenting wasn't possible. I still feel that way. But that's a personal choice that I have thought about long and hard.
Good luck to you both tomorrow...it can be a piece of cake!
Oh, find a picture of someone splayed open during a bypass operation. Print SEVERAL copies. Everytime he tries to order the 24 ounce slab of PRIME (fatty) beef hand him another copy of the picture.
If that doesn't do the trick go to canetary and take several pictures of gravestones and ask him his preference
...show him a different stone each time you walk into a restaurant. If you could Photoshop a couple "Here Lies DUMMY" on some of them, that might help.
How about asking: "Dear, would you like to be buried with the rest of that steak if you don't get to finish it?"