- Diseases, Disorders & Conditions
TIME TO PULL UP THE DRAWBRIDGE FOR HEART SUFFERERS
DRAW ON THE GOOD AND SHUT OFF THE BAD.
Having suffered a stroke back in August this year, I am aware that you can undergo such a thing without being aware of it. In August family and friends recognised the FAST symptoms and took the correct action so that I was in the Hospital stroke unit quickly, received excellent care and , so far anyway ,have no bad effects to worry over.
An MRI scan taken at the time however, showed that as well as having had the stroke in question, there were "HISTORIC EVIDENCE OF PREVIOUS STROKES" on the other side of my brain. I, had no recollection of such affairs, though it prompted me to recall several "dizzy " moments when undergoing Chemotherapy in 2010.
The above is just by way of introducing this topic, as I have now learned that it is possible to suffer a heart attack without knowing also.
I am one who is firmly in the camp of "MOVE AND LIVE, SIT DOWN AND DIE" followers, believing as I do that Physical Activity is a vital constituent in assisting the extension of human life. Readers of previous Hubs will know well my campaigns against OBESITY. I truly believe this is a major threat to the ongoing extension of human life.
However, let me return to the exciting news for heart sufferers of this new operation which takes but one hour to perform and gives back mobility to those who had lost it due to heart damage.
Heart attacks, even those not known about can seriously damage parts of the heart causing failure and enlarging of the organ thus reducing the effectiveness of the ability to pump. The result is that the sufferer is almost reduced to non movement through breathlessness. Over 750,000 people in the UK alone are affected by heart failure in this way. As a result, their ability to move and excercise is almost totally restricted ,significantly increasing the chances of even more heart failures with possibly terminal results. People suffering from Diabetes are potential high risk , as are those who have had previous heart attacks which have caused scarring. Scarring renders the affected part of the heart useless and previously, the only way to alleviate this has been to cut out the scarred portion by surgery which takes around 4 hours. During this operation, a by pass machine is used to keep the patient alive. Clearly a serious operation to both perform and undergo.
LIVE ! THE NEW WAY.
NOW A NEW OPERATION IS AVAILABLE TO DO WHAT IS NEEDED IN JUST ONE HOUR AND WITHOUT USE OF THE BY PASS MACHINE.
Less Invasive Ventricular Enhancement, code name LIVE, is the exciting advance that reduces both time and risk. True, a surgical incision is still necessary. The cut of around 15 cm opens the chest wall but not the heart. The operation uses a needle, with wire attached and guided by X-ray, to pass through the LEFT Ventricle and thence across the scarred area of the heart. Here it is effectively "anchored" to the heart chamber wall and then pulled taut, like the hawsers used to pull up a drawbridge, to seal off the damaged area completely.
Thus, with the heart size of the left ventricle reduced, it means that this part of the heart can once again, effectively pump the blood and refresh the lungs.
Comparively simple to achieve in the hands of a trained Doctor, the result is a return to more normal activities for the patients. Stairs, good walks and other activities requiring the ability to move without becoming immediately breathless are once again on the Agenda of the sufferer and with them, the opportunity not only to lead a fuller life, but also to prolong it.
A new advance that will clearly benefit many in the years ahead.
WILL KNOW WELL MY CAMPAIGNS AGAINST OBESITY WHICH i TRULY BELIEVE IS ONE OF THE GRETAEST DANGERS TO ONGOING HUMAN LIFE.