For those of us who don’t understand the reference in the title, it’s a song by Shawn Mendes. It is cliched, but the tunes are catchy. Give it a listen. Click here if you’d like.
Anyways, you’re probably wondering what these lyrics have to do with today’s post. We’re actually gonna be talking about surgery… Hence stitches. Geddit?
Most people balk when it comes to studying, learning about or even understanding surgery. But truly, it’s easy.
Ayyyy I’m so excited and I don’t even know why like what even…!
So, we all know that the heart pumps blood all around the body, right? Did it ever occur to you that the heart itself needs a blood supply? Cardiac muscle is super thick- and it needs constant nourishment and oxygen. These are supplied by coronary arteries. These are a special kind of artery that supply blood to heart muscle!
The blockage can be anything- plaque buildup, fat deposits or even a blood clot!
CHD [Coronary Heart Disease]->
Now, what even is CHD? It’s basically when the bloody supply to the heart is obstructed. This occurs when there’s a blockage in one of the coronary arteries, and blood is no longer allowed to flow. This may result in the death of some heart tissue- since there’s no oxygen supply…
Prevention is better than treatment- at least, that’s the way I see it. There’s several factors that come into play- for example, smoking increases chances of CHD occurring. Drinking too. The increase of age and CHD risks are both directly proportionate. Gender plays a role too! Men are more likely to develop CHD than women [thoughts? xD!]. Exercising, and leading a stress-free lifestyle both contribute to curbing CHD.
Uh-oh… The worst has occurred. Now the only way is forward, there’s no prevention.
So, how do we go about treating CHD? If the patient’s life isn’t in danger, then it can be treated indirectly. Drugs that reduce blood pressure will be prescribed, and lifestyle as well as diet changes will have to be made.
But what if the patient’s life is in immediate danger? Well, here comes the fork in the road. The first option is to perform a coronary bypass. The length of damaged artery can be cut out, and another bit of artery from a different part of the body can be stitched on in its place[understand the title now?]. The second option is to insert a stent. The stent will forcibly hold the artery in place.
Our last option involves… well, party decorations. This is when a tiny deflated balloon is placed in the damaged artery. The balloon is inflated using water- this opens up the artery. The balloon is then removed. They don’t use a typical bright blue or purple balloon- of course not, xD!- but they use a special, miniscule medical balloon. This process is called angioplasty.
That’s it, folks! I hope you liked it.
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Have a great day. Thank you for reading!