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How to Stop a Heart Attack With Infrared Laser

How to Stop A Heart Attack With Infrared Laser

It’s a frightening statistic: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that around 715,000 Americans suffer a heart attack every year. 1


Tips on Stopping a Heart Attack
Man Having A Heart Attack

That’s a lot of people with heart problem, isn’t it? And yet most people completely ignore these statistics. They think there’s no way a heart attack could happen to them. But just ask the 715,000  people who’re affected by heart problem, and they’ll tell you that it can and does happen. And they’ll also tell you the best thing you can do is be prepared.

That’s what this post is about. You’ll learn how to stop a heart attack with  infrared laser.

In just moments you’ll find out how a new break through in medical technology that uses infrared imaging could help detect your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. you’ll find out how to protect yourself or a loved one from becoming a statistic. Read on…

Why I feel so Passionate  about The News I’m About to Tell You

I first started this website  with the mission of helping pain sufferers, particularly those with back and foot related problems, find solutions that would enable them to have less pain in their lives; at the very least, recover faster. My mission was spurred by my experience as a caregiver for a mom who has a chronic back condition. A surprising, but wonderful, thing happened along my journey to find the most effective ways to manage or lessen pain. I discovered, or perhaps more accurately rediscovered, the many ways we humans are capable of transforming adversity and destruction into something that can bring healing and hope.

As The Acclaimed Spanish Philosopher, Jose’ Ortega y Gasset Once Observed :

The first time I heard that quote, I thought  it was a nice hopeful sentiment of people’s ability to do good. Over time, however, this has grown to be one of my favorite inspirational quote, simply because it speaks to practical discoveries and research that have transformed devices that where meant to minimize  casualties of  war and pain and reimagined them as tools to heal and prevent tragedy.

How to Use War Tech to Detect Fluid in Lungs

I wrote about this technology in an earlier post. As I said at the time, the SensiVest, created by Sensible Medical, uses radar technology that was first utilized by the military and rescue teams to see through walls and rubble in collapsed buildings. In fact the Israeli military  used it find bodies buried in rubble.

Here is The Kind of Reimagining of War Technology to Healing Device That I’m Talking About

The technology Instead of looking for bodies buried in buildings, it looks for fluid in the lungs. Dr. William Abraham, director of the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine at Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, explains it this way: “Now the technology has been miniaturized and put into a form that allows the radar to go through the chest wall and get an accurate measurement of water inside the lungs”. [2]

As stated in a previous post, an early detection of fluid in the lungs can dramatically reduce the chances of a patient with a heart problem being readmitted to the hospital. Why? The patient can be treated immediately, in the convenience of her or his home, before the situation worsens.

Laser Sheds Light on Heart Attack Plaques

Now there’s another  remarkable  example of how technology that was used to improve mood and  give people younger looking skin has now been repurposed to detect heart attack risk. If a doctor  could know how close you are to having a heart attack, that doctor  could step in with surgery or medication before the damage is done.

As  hinted earlier, there’s something unfolding in the medical tech industry that every caregiver of a chronically  ill  family member ought to know about. Specifically, a new diagnostic tool that uses near-infrared light to visualize the fatty build-up in the arteries. This may help in the early detection of patients at risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Let’s jump In

I have read many posts  on medical technology where unfortunately the writer is so  enthusiastic  about the subject that they get caught up in a lot of jargon. Not to worry. I just want you to concentrate on 3 things.

  1. What causes heart attacks?
  2. What is infrared?
  3. How Does Infrared imaging work to identify  abnormalities in the arteries?

Here we go

What Causes  Heart Attacks

A heart attack can be defined as “the death of a segment of heart muscle caused by a loss of blood supply. The blood is usually cut off when an artery supplying the heart muscle is blocked by a blood clot.” 3

Okay, you’re thinking if I’m the plain speaking kind of guy what does that really mean?

Well, think of all those lessons you learned  in biology about how a parasite  invades a host. Remember how,when looking under a microscope, it’s possible to see that disgusting parasite  worm attaching to the lining of the intestine. Not a pretty sight. I only mention it so you have an understanding that we have instruments that can allow us to visualize those worms eating.

Now, let’s move from the intestine to the arteries. Instead of worms, imagine fatty plaques that are in danger of rupturing. This is a process that can cause heart attacks. Infrared light allows to visualize those plaques. More about that later. First, let’s look at what exactly is infrared light.

What is Infrared light?

Infrared  or Electromagnetic Radiation is a form of light that we can not see with our eyes, but that we can sometimes feel on our skin as heat. Thus, you experience infrared light every time you feel the heat of the sun on your skin or the warmth of a camp fire. 4

In other words, infrared light is an invisible wavelength of energy in the form of heat.

The colors emitting from this radiation  are captured by an infrared camera.

Here we have giraffes and turtles from the Santa Barbra Zoo seen through an infrared camera. The image shows the warm blooded giraffes glowing with more infrared light.

Here we see that  the roof where less heat is emitting  is blue, but the windows and the rest of the house, releasing  more heat, glow in red infrared light.


Tips on Infrared light
House Lit by Infrared Light

A Sonar  to Detect Bad Things in The Artery

Just in case you need a reminder, a sonar is a system using transmitted and reflected acoustic waves to detect and locate submerged objects. keeping this analogy  in mind, we are now ready to see how infrared light imagining, like sonar, can detect those fatty plaques in the arteries that are in danger of rupturing.

The Answer to How Infrared Imaging Detects Abnormalities in Arteries

A new near-infrared diagnostic technique could help improve early detection for patients at risk of heart attacks or strokes, according to a new multi-center study.

“Researchers at the University of Warwick’s WMG, the Baker Institute and Monash University reported that when they increased the wavelength of light currently used to visualize athereosclerotic plaques, they were able to selectively identify rupture-prone deposits, which can lead to blood clots, heart attacks and strokes.”  5

Here is How Our Sonar Analogy  Comes to Play

According to Dr. Schiller, one of the researchers,   their team discovered that by increasing the wavelength of infrared radiation currently used to detect fatty deposit build-up in arteries to near-infrared wavelength, they were able to selectively identify plaques with internal bleeding, which is typically associated with high-risk deposits.

Researchers estimated “that a mixture of heme products, formed during the degradation of red blood cells, caused the fluorescence. The fluorescing products were only observed in unstable plaques with internal bleeding, researchers added, and not more stable deposits.” 4

Here is the bottom line

If it’s possible to detect rupturing plaques in the artery, it becomes possible to then find out how well, after treatment  the cell walls are healing.


Now, to wrap things up, I’d like to share with you one of my favorite quotes  about inspiration: “You’d Be Surprised How Often What If Works

If this quote doesn’t make you think anew about how we can take the bad and insignificant and repurpose it for good and life-changing action, then nothing will. And that’s why I encourage you to take what you’ve learned in this post and use it to be like those scientists and doctors who transformed tools of cosmetics and war to tools of survival and  higher quality of life. Because no matter who you are, you too can find a way of  turning something “bad” into something less bad. And that can make a big difference  to someone.

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I like to hear from the readers so please leave me a comment below to let me know if this post helped you or if you have any questions.




Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week. (July 8, 2017): p550.








8 thoughts on “How to Stop a Heart Attack With Infrared Laser

  1. Hello ThaboN,

    Thank you for sharing your article. I had a couple friends who have concerns regarding heart attack because their parents are hardcore cigarette smokers.

    It’s crazy what sonar can do to help someone. Normally, when you think of sonar, you think of sonar vision for military combat.

    I will most definitely share this with my friends and hopefully help them.

    Thanks again,

    1. Hi Eric,

      Yes, you’re right. Normally sonar is thought of in terms of military  combat, and that’s why I want people to understand the ways the medical field is repurposing things like sonar technology  to prevent heart attacks and keep people living longer and healthier. The more we understand how medical technology and pain management treatment is evolving the better we can help loved ones whose health may be  at risk.

  2. wow that is so cool. It’s amazing at how fast technology is advancing and all the incredible things they can do with it now a days.

    Hopefully as they continue to use infrared laser it will help decrease the 715,000 people who get heart attacks.

    Thank you for sharing this information.

    1. Hi Michael,

      Yes, I too continue to be impressed on how fast technology is advancing in the area of health. I also think that research  done at the university level and the boom in start- up companies can only mean that we will get answers faster to our most preplexing health issues. I think the future looks promising when it comes to providing people with longer and healthier lives.

  3. Even as patients see the promise of technology to improve their healthcare, most remained concerned about the costs of that care. Nine in 10 consumers are concerned about how much healthcare costs will affect them in the future. I will recommend this to some of my patients to see their view.

    1. Hi Tommy,
      Laser Sheds Light on Heart Attack Plaques
      This isn’t just a fascinating headline. It’s, as I said, another remarkable example of how technology that was used to improve mood and give people younger looking skin has now been repurposed to detect heart attack risk. If a doctor could know how close you are to having a heart attack, that doctor could step in with surgery or medication before the damage is done. This of course has big ramifications on healthcare costs because it could significantly reduce them by lessening the time a patient spends in the hospital.

  4. This is great, I hope this really gets its way through a lot of countries where heart attack is even more like an epidemic. This will really help reduce the number of children that lose their parents to heart attack. Nice post.

    1. Hi Helen,

      In addition to your excellent points, I think this medical technology is very exciting because it could help doctors detect the threat of an imminent heart attack and decrease the chances of people dying from a heart attack. This could also greatly reduce the rate of readmissions, and that would lessen the stress on family members. Thanks for your feedback.

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