Our expert says:
I am sorry to hear about your husband, who unfortunately has coronary disease at a very young age.
After eight stents your husband should not be having more chest pain. Possible explanations would be either that there was one or more blocked artery, which could not be treated with a stent, or alternatively that one of the treated arteries has blocked up again. His cardiologist should be able to answer this question.
Diabetic patients with coronary disease may do better with bypass surgery than with multiple stents, but I am sure that in your husband’s case the cardiologists were trying to spare him coronary bypass surgery at such a young age. Your husband is unfortunately dealing with a very difficult situation, but should do his best to achieve ideal body weight, reduce his bad cholesterol as much as possible, make sure his blood pressure is well controlled, and exercise regularly. If he has been a smoker he should never smoke again.
If he can do all these things the situation should gradually improve with time. It will be important for him to see his cardiologist on a regular basis, even when he is feeling well.
I hope things go much better for both of you.
Best wishes, JT
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