Read this, pretty interesting!

Hello everyone!
I was searching on the internet and found this imformation. I hope you take the time and read this. I was going to have this done at the hospital when I had my DVT ( blood clot ). The doctors decided not to, why, I don't know. Sounds pretty interesting.
HEART FAILURE: Congestive Heart failure affects about 4.6 million Americans and kills nearly 45,000 people each year. When the heart is weakened, either by disease or defect, it can't move blood through the body efficiently. This causes a buildup of fluid in the body and can lead to deadly complications. The condition can be the result of cardiovascular disease. Heart attacks can significantly weaken the heart's function. Some people are born with heart defects, like faulty valves. Viral infections can also weaken the heart. Some scientists believe the inflammation caused by many of these health problems is one cause of heart failure. Some doctors theorize removing the components of inflammation from the blood may allow the heart to heal.
A NEW OPTION: To remove proteins associated with inflammation from the blood, doctors use a procedure called plasmapheresis. It is a blood purification treatment often used to treat autoimmune disorders. Guillermo Torre, M.D., a cardiologist at The Methodist Hospital in Houston, is using this procedure to treat patients with heart failure. "Addressing inflammation provides a whole new strategy for patients with heart failure," says Dr. Torre.

HOW IT WORKS: In this treatment, blood is removed from the body and moved through a machine. The blood cells are separated from the blood plasma, which is the liquid part of blood. The red blood cells are returned to the patient, absent the proteins created by the body's immune response. It is these proteins that attack the heart.

RESEARCH: Dr. Torre and his colleagues tested plasmapheresis on heart failure patients at The Methodist Hospital. He reports many of the patients felt better and had improved cardiac function following five or six treatments. According to Dr. Torre, some of the patients were able to delay heart transplant surgeries, which is very risky and seen as a last resort. Dr. Torre plans to conduct further research in the future to find out if additional plasmapheresis treatments could help heart failure patients improve even more. For more information see this site:Clean the blood, save the heart - ABC Action News - WFTS-TV - Local News, Sports, Weather, Video, Information and Breaking Ne.. Take care and God bless you all. Your friend
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Medical advances

by Surferman - 2007-05-22 01:05:01

Thanks, James, for sharing this cutting edge article with the club members. We need to keep abreast of new developments. We, PM recipients, are so fortunate to have our lives improved by that little device that works so reliably, day after day. Four months ago, I was spending most of my days sitting in a big armchair, with little energy after just being awake for a couple of hours. Now, my physical stamina and energy have been restored. No more lightheadedness; no more wondering when I retired for the evening, if I'd awaken in the morning.
A grateful pacer, Surferman.

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