I am a 73 year old male and after having a heart cath done was told the arteries supplying blood to my heart have a series of narrowings and bulges (aneurysms) that cannot be safely stinted or by-passed. I was put on Plavix in addition to Prodaxa I am taking for a-fib. What other treatments are available down the line ( I didn't think to ask my doctor this question while absorbing the diagnosis ). Also, what effect will two blood thinners have on my lifestyle?
Person's Gender: Male
Person's Age: 73
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Basically the newer treatments are going to be more powerful medications
Unless you are actively having a heart attack or unstable angina, stents are not going to do anything. No study has ever shown they do.
In fact, maximal medical therapy is superior to stents and bypass surgery in many ways.
The blood thinners will really affect your life. You are at much higher risk of bleeding now. If you ever have a serious bleed, I would ask to stop plavix. You need the pradaxa but I question plavix. Baby aspirin should be enough with pradaxa
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