Len's heart bypass surgery


Len Robson had coronary bypass surgery in May 2006.

Len had been struggling with symptoms of angina for awhile before he went to visit his doctor.

Coronary heart disease diagnosis

He was advised to have an angiogram to help find out the cause. The angiogram showed he had a narrowing in one of his coronary arteries, and Len was diagnosed with coronary heart disease.

To help improve Len's quality of life, Len's doctors tried to fit a stent during a coronary angioplasty procedure. However, this was unsuccessful as the artery was too narrow.

"Sometimes you've just got to put yourself in other people's care."

So, to help relieve the angina, his doctors suggested he have coronary bypass surgery instead.

The coronary bypass surgery - and his recovery from it - was successful. He feels it was greatly improved by the cardiac rehabilitation programme he attended.

Since having his bypass surgery, Len has led an active lifestyle. He walks regularly, plays badminton each week and helps his sons with their DIY.



What is having heart bypass surgery like?

Coronary or heart bypass surgery can relieve chest pain. To 'bypass' narrowed sections of your coronary arteries, surgeons graft a blood vessel between the aorta and a point along the coronary artery. It's a minimally invasive surgery.

Others living with angina

The individuals listed below are living with or have had treatments for angina:

Al's angina
Rachel's stent

Support life saving heart research

BHF Professor Gianni Angelini in Bristol has developed techniques allowing the heart to keep beating during coronary artery bypass operation. Short-term, this showed fewer post-surgery complications for patients.

We want to do more to help people like Len fight for every heartbeat and we can do that with your donations to our research. Consider donating today to help improve the lives of people like Len.