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Is Heart Catheterization Really Necessary?

Posted on November 23, 2009 at 8:22 PM


Before an unsuspecting heart patient is scheduled for a catheterization and angiography, which serve little purpose other than to set the foundation for dangerous procedures such as coronary artery bypass, it starts with a noninvasive test such as a treadmill stress test or possibly a cardiac calcium test via computed tomography for calcium scoring.


Finding some abnormality is extremely high, that is if you're over the age of 65, yet what is to follow will ignore the fundamental, underlying problem or the cause. Take a look at the following link http://www.youtube.com on /watch?v=kY5gKdFWT3k on cononary angiography.


Heart catheterization or cononary angiography is implied to confirm the presence of heart disease. However, it is primarily a screening tool for profit as it serves as a warning for interventional procedures such as balloon angioplasty, bypass and others.


Medicine is a business, and unfortunately unlike the Far East, the sick pay whether they get well or not. Why do professionally trained physicians recommend coronary artery bypasses and stents?


Everything a conventionally trained physican is taught, is how to intervene with chemicals and surgery, very little is explained about nutrition, the underlying factor in heart disease. The mindset is not to cure, it is to manage symptoms and overcome mechanical instabilities. 


A physician is provided with a wide variety of pharmaceuticals to choose from, and if one drug doesn't work, they will try another, searching for the least toxic for the patient. After each mechanical instability is 'treated' with a specific type of drug, the trouble begins.


When merely just two or three pharmaceuticals have been added, the number of side-effects are too incalculable for any physician or pharmacist to comprehend. Some side-effects occur immediately, while others present potential trouble later on.


Where is the real science in the treatment of heart disease? There is none!

If you were to ask a hundred different cardiologists which series of drugs they would prescribe for the same patient, the number of different answers might surprise.


As each diagnostic is performed on a patient, the purpose is to show "need" for treatment. As an internist refers a patient to the cardiologist for an "obvious need" for angiography and bypass, whether the procedure is actually deemed necessary maybe irrelevant. 


Whether the surgeon feels the procedure maybe a futile exercise or not, it is their professional responsibility to comply, and certainly this practice helps assure a steady stream of referrals.


While there will be rare instances where surgery is necessary, it bears repeating that it is rare.


When an artery is occluded (blocked), the body by its inherent virtue, grows new heart vessels (via angiogenesis) called collateral vessels.

 

The "plumbing theory of heart disease," while it does sound deceptively simple is not the real cause of a heart attack. Unfortunately not one in a thousand cardiologists knows this. The evidence to the contrary comes out of Germany from the 1960's.

 

The underlying cause of a heart attack (myocardial infarction) is a destructive process from the accumulation of acid in the left ventricular tissue--completely unrelated to blockages in the coronary arteries.


This finding was later reconfirmed in the American Journal of Cardiology, April, 1988. The finding was that in an advanced state of the narrowing of the coronary arteries, the supply of blood to the heart muscles is fully assured via collaterals that enlarge naturally in response to the blockage.


Interestingly, it has been observed that the greater the coronary arteries narrow, the less danger there is of heart infarction. In plain English, resorting to surgery to repair or bypass clogged arteries is unnecessary, as the body has already initiated its own "bypass" or collateral vessels to circumvent them.


There is still much more to information to follow on heart disease in the next daily topic.

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