Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.

Seeking a Second Opinion

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Question: I just came home from an angioplasty. I have 10 stents in my heart, and I was told that my left artery is 100 percent closed. They said that they would not do a bypass because of the risk, and that nothing can be done. Should I seek another opinion?
Dr. Hibberd's Answer:
A surgical bypass is the only option when there is 100 percent blockage in your artery. Your doctor has told you that the procedure would be risky. He must have analyzed all aspects of your condition before informing you of his decision. However, there is no harm in seeking a second opinion with another cardiologist. Please make sure that you take all your previous medical records with you so that he can offer you the correct treatment option/opinion.

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