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My husband has a 100% blocked aorta & we were advised bypass was out of the question as there was nothing they could attach the bypass too. That was 20 years ago & he now has heart failure. Does anyone know if medical science has moved on since then & if there is now a way of unblocking it &, if so, would that help his heart failure. Sorry, I know we're not doctors on here!! Its just that we're seeing the cardiologist soon & want to go armed with information. Thanks x

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Are you saying he’s had the blocked aorta for 20 years or did he have the bypass 20 years ago and now has further problems?


Hi, thanks for replying. 2o yrs ago he had a massive heart attack which resulted in cardiac arrest. At that time he was told his aorta was 100% blocked, it was in inoperable & he couldn't have a bypass. 5 years ago he was diagnosed with HF which has got slightly worse. My question is, has medical science moved on that they would now be able to unblock the artery & if so would it help improve his heart failure.



There is no doubt at all that medical science has moved on considerably in the last 20 years, but whether they have the technology to carry out a procedure now that was regarded as inoperable 20 years ago really is a question for the cardiologist. Sorry I can’t be more definitive or indeed, positive. Good luck, I hope it goes well.



Hi Lezzers

Sorry to hear about your husband's heart failure.

Whilst medicine has moved on it remains that not all options are suitable for everyone and it is up to the cardiologist to decide which options are suitable for your husband. Once you've been to see the cardiologist and discussed the options, please come back to the forum for others' experiences or to talk to a cardiac nurse call our helpline on 0300 330 3311. I know you wanted more information before visiting the cardiologist, but in this instance it may be easier to investigate what his options are first and then come back and explore them with us.

Best of luck and let us know how you get on,


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Thank you so much for your reply. I will come back after I've spoken to the cardiologist. Xx


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