How It Works: Angioplasty 101 & New Advances

I’m literally on my last neuron it feels like. My brain power went from going at full-speed 200% to now a mere 14% for my last two finals tomorrow. So tired, but trying to stay awake using silly techniques like showering at odd times, napping in 1 hour intervals every 5 hours of studying that elapses, coffee & blog breaks, ect.

This could be my last one for a while, and very fitting, for it is my mother’s birthday, on this very cold Immaculate Conception (well, was, but I lost track of time).

Anyway, as you may or may not know, my mother is classified as a cardiac patient. She received what was then considered a new and innovative non-invasive procedure called “angioplasty” 7 years ago.It is now not considered a major procedure, where the patient is most likely discharged after 48 hours of the placement of the stent. A small needle and camera is inserted in the patient’s groin area and navigated to the affected, blocked areas.

Unfortunately for my mom though, a few months ago, even with drastic diet change and exercise, she was genetically predisposed to excess build up in her arteries and a quadruple by-pass surgery was finally performed in May. It was thankfully very successful, and she is healing quite nicely, with a few battle scars that I always tell her to wear proudly.

An article on ScienceDaily mentions that scientists see a benefit of magnetizing (oh ho! a Physics final topic!) the cells from the blood vessels. The magnetized cells are attracted to the stent that is installed in the vessel, which enables a vessels structure to remain open despite the build up of plaque. This allows the ease of blood flow to remain somewhat more normalized. The magnetization promotes the growth of tissues in a layer near the stent and prevents clot formation.

I used to be very interested in the field of cardiology (oh ho! a Human Physiology final topic!), but find myself more interested in neurology these days (another Physio exam topic). Even so, news in cardiology always intrigues me as a scientist and as a health conscious person with a line of heart disease in her family.

Even with all these wonderful advancements, always know that the best medicine is preventative: diet & exercise ahoy!

http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/2008/1204-next_generation_of_heart_stents.htm

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One comment on “How It Works: Angioplasty 101 & New Advances

  1. improperintegirl says:

    have you heard about the benefits pomegranate juice has on people with clogged arteries.. my dad read an article about a woman who had 90% blockage in one major artery and 70% blockage in another… or some crazy high numbers. She never had surgery but drank a few ounces of pomegranate juice a day (the real stuff, not those hipster blends with added sugar and what not) for a year, then when they scanned her again nearly all of the build up was gone. it’s something you might want to look into since you mentioned having heart disease run in your family.

    good luck with the rest of your finals!!!

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