Our expert says:
Even today, narrowing of the left main coronary artery is usually treated with coronary bypass surgery. In 2003, before stent technology became as good as it is now, this was even more so. That is why in 2003 your cardiologist suggested a bypass operation, because for people with left main disease surgery is generally regarded as a better and safer option than stenting. As it turned out, the stent worked perfectly well, but your cardiologist could not have known the outcome in advance! His advice at the time was correct and perfectly reasonable.
I am sorry to hear about your husband. Heart attacks by their very nature are unpredictable, and the future is for all of us uncertain. I do not know what symptoms your husband had before his heart attack, if any, or what tests he had, but unfortunately even the best tests are often unreliable. Tests such as exercise testing may fail to detect disease, and even angiograms do not necessarily predict future events. In people at risk, arteries which are only mildly narrowed today, may be blocked tomorrow. That is unfortunately the treacherous nature of coronary heart disease.
Kind regards and best wishes, JT
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