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
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”. 
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.
- What causes heart attacks?
- What is infrared?
- 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.
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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Obesity, Fitness & Wellness Week. (July 8, 2017): p550.