Can I have this problem again, such as heart blockage, peripheral vascular disease, or carotid disease?

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Yes you certainly can. The surgery that we do is a palliative type of procedure. In other words, we are just fixing the problem as it exists today. Unlike having your appendix taken out when you have appendicitis, which is a curative operation, doing vascular surgery is mainly bypassing the blockages in the artery or cleaning out the arteries that are diseased. However, the risk factors that were mentioned above i.e., high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol, and your genetic tendency all hasten the development of future atherosclerosis or hardening arteries, which can block up the arteries that have been repaired. Careful maintenance of a diet, stop smoking and good exercise are the best preventatives to having this problem reoccur.

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