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From Dr Gerald Miller

Stanmore, Middlesex

In 1984 I had quadruple coronary artery bypass surgery at Bart's. Despite some post-operative complications I am in reasonably good health at the age of 79 and do not suffer from chest pain on exertion.

I am concerned about the current procedure of introducing multiple stents into blocked coronary arteries. I understand the recovery time is swift and that patients are discharged within a few days, but what are the long-term effects of this procedure, and what if invasive surgery becomes necessary later?

Is it used to reduce waiting lists to attain targets that satisfy Government statistics? It is certainly no cheaper!

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