Our expert says:
Dear Concerned Wife,
I am sorry to hear about your husband. Sometimes bad things happen to good people. I do not think you can blame yourselves in any way, and you could also not have foreseen this.
I have not seen your husband’s angiogram of course but from your description it sounds as though bypass surgery is the best option. The balloon/stent procedure was only partially successful, and also, as a general rule, diabetics do better with bypass surgery than they do with stent procedures. However, the decision depends on other factors as well, including how many vessels are diseased, which vessels are diseased, where they are diseased, and the quality of the downstream arteries. You should be guided by your husband’s cardiologist, who I’m sure will be happy to get second opinions if you wish.
It is about five months since your husband last saw his cardiologist so I would urge him to arrange a follow up visit. I hope all goes well with him in the future.
Best wishes, JT
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