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  1. #1 As we All Grow Older..... 
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    The human body was Created/designed for a purpose by our GOD, to populate the earth and prosper our efforts..We humans were to be the caretakers of the earth as ordained by our creator..But Then came the fall...Weather by Supernatural or human evil we departed from the grace of our GOD...For a time...

    We are now less than we were and destined to die after a life of pain and sorrow without direct communion with our creator even as Adam And Eve had ...

    As a result our bodies age and depending on our genetic makeup we all suffer from the rigors of old age and eventually die....A common ailment is a sedimentary buildup in our veins and arteries, over a lifetime, that cause an erruption within the lining of the blood carrying vessels of our bodies.....

    These erruptions causes the Fat lipids in our bloodstream to adhere to the blockage and build it up to stop blood flow.....Normally the fat lipids pass through unhindered and enter the organs that require energy .

    A common occurance,in fact the leading cause of death in the western world, is a heart attack at about age 55 due to blockage of the small veins feeding the heart muscle that if we are very fortunate doesn't kill us but awakens us to our condition....If there is a sugnificent delay in treatment some damage to the heart is to be expected and part of the heart muscle will die without blood...

    It seems to me, at any rate, to be a simple question of maintainance much the same as we provide our automobiles when we change filters and provide simple maintainance once we are aware of the potential problems....

    The causes of a stroke and Heart are much the same ,a blood clot,..The red cells carry the nuterants through our bodies and they also exhibit an ability to prevent blood loss due to a skin penetrating injury by forming a tight mat of tissue over the wound,a clot......

    Due to blockage in our veins this cloting ability has the potential of stopping all veinal blood flow and causing the death of important body tissue...

    After a Heart attack or stroke a common medication is some a sort of blood conditioner to prevent or hinder cloting .Warfarin also known as Coumadin, and common every day asprin work together but in different ways to inhibit blood cloting.Neither actually 'thin 'the blood but act an anticoagulant.....

    It is most likely to be Coumadin, the drug popularly referred to as a "blood thinner," yet this is a misnomer, since it does not affect the thickness or viscosity of blood..... Instead, Warfarin acts on the liver to decrease the quantity of a few key proteins in blood that allow blood to clot.....

    Asprin acts in a different way by affecting the surface of red blood cells making the surfaces 'slicker' and preventing them from sticking together to form a clot...The combination of these and other blood conditioners work to prevent a future blood clot....

    After a heart attack or stroke and once we are stabilized an diagnostic procedure is called for to determine the site and extent of the blockage...If the blockage is determined by either MRI or CatScan to be massive a full bypass may be called for
    but if the blockage is less intrusive a stress test may be called for that speeds up the heart and subjects it to the abuse of an athlete in a marathon...

    Before the actual stress test a small dose of radioactive trace is injected to illuminate The pericardium, the membranous sac filled with serous fluid that encloses the heart. The patient is placed on a scanner table and the scanner outlines the size of the heart before and after the stress testing ....

    Once the extent of vascular damage is determined the next likely procedure is the Cath Lab...
    The Cathlab contains a narrow table with side rails and a Xray projector and image converter on a large 'C' shaped moving mechanism that allows the projector to swing beneith the table to any position and the image converter to move just above the patients chest....

    The patient lays there with his privates exposed for all of the world to see while they push first the needle then the catheter into the femoral artery and wiggle the wire up into the body to the site of the blockage.......

    The Cathlab uses variable power xray's and a digital image converter with trace dyes to scan the hearts blood path and locates the blockage ...

    After medication to lessen the pain A large number 14 needle is pushed into the Femoral artery at the right side of the groin and a catheter wire and sheath is pushed in and the needle removed .... The fixture has valves to prevent blood loss from the Femoral as the pressure is quite high...

    The sheath is pushed,wiggled and steered through the vascular system to where even the surgeons determine the blockage is, always guided and monitored by xray 'snap shots'.....Once at the site of the blockage the Surgeon pushes the wire through the blockage .....

    He withdraws the catheter wire and inserts a new catheter with both Baloon and stent attached and once at the site inflates a balloon on the tip of the wire and installs a tiny wire basket like stent to hold the vein open.....Dependent of the depth of the blockage a number of stents may be required...When the blockage is penetrated and just as the balloon is inflated the patient may experience the pain of a full heart attack once again..
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    One thing we learned from SR's stroke (they still haven't determined the cause) was that all strokes aren't caused by clots. His wasn't. If I had followed the traditional advice would have given him an aspirin. The doc said that would have killed him. He made a hemmoragic (bleeding) stroke. He still can't take aspirins as can't take the chance of another bleed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SaintLouieWoman View Post
    One thing we learned from SR's stroke (they still haven't determined the cause) was that all strokes aren't caused by clots. His wasn't. If I had followed the traditional advice would have given him an aspirin. The doc said that would have killed him. He made a hemmoragic (bleeding) stroke. He still can't take aspirins as can't take the chance of another bleed.
    Hemorrhagic (Bleeds)
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