Elizabeth Claire and her story.

Hello and welcome to my first ever blog post, today I am going to be catering to a very sensitive yet inspiring topic. I am going to educate you with my personal experience of the “Coronary Artery Disease”. I was affected by this disease long time ago from now, around 1995. Currently I am 35 years old.
A coronary artery disease is a type of heart disease. It is when the arteries that supply blood to heart muscle become hardened and narrowed. This is due to the buildup of cholesterol and other material, called plaque, on their inner walls. This buildup is called atherosclerosis. As it grows, less blood can flow through the arteries. As a result, the heart muscle can’t get the blood or oxygen it needs.  The below picture will give you a brief about the disease.

Before I go any further, I would like to mention my lifestyle from back in the day. I used to casually smoke, have parties with my mates, go bonkers with my junk food obsession! I was an average weighted female and that gave me more opportunities to load onto the junk in my life. At the time, I was unable to understand the repercussions of this sedentary and in a way damaging lifestyle. Before I come attacking with the climax of my story I would like to mention that Coronary Artery disease takes up over a decade to develop in the body.

The symptoms that I faced before I got my diagnosis and tests were heaviness around the chest and heart area. My stamina lowered down on a great scale, it was highly difficult for me to sleep at night in comfort. There were times when I was unable to breathe properly. Once I realized that this is more than just a lower immune system I rushed to the doctor. I consulted the doctor about my issues and he suggested a chest x-ray. A chest x-ray can show whether parts of your heart are enlarged, or if there is fluid buildup in your lungs. These can be signs of heart failure, a heart valve problem, or thickening of the heart muscle. There are many other tests available now, like the  Cardiac MRI, A large machine containing a strong magnet and radio waves creates a picture of the inside of your heart. Other tests like the Coronary Calcium Scan, over here healthcare professionals can estimate your heart attack risk by checking your coronary calcium “score”—even when you have no symptoms.

I somewhat looked like that, trust me, I was not as chill as this guy right here. I was afraid whether my bad habits will end up being my most biggest tragedy in life.

Once I was fully aware about my disease, I knew I did not have any time to waste. The doctors told me enough about the treatments and the cures and how if that is done passionately and with full heart (pun intended), I will be able to overcome it. In the midst of all this, I realized what this disease has does to me and the society in general. In the UK this disease is very common, me being a citizen of UK has made me realize the amount of expense it is creating. The healthcare precautions, medications, surgeries all add up to a lot of money! Most working people in the UK won’t be able to give this much.

Coronary Artery disease has affected affect my body in multiple ways including heart attacks, heart failure, palpitations, weakness, dizziness and chest pain. The risk factors that are associated with coronary artery disease including hypertension, diabetes, tobacco use and obesity, tend to increase that risk of having heart disease along with weakness, dizziness and lethargy. It is important for us to reduce our risk in order to protect not only our heart but our kidneys, brains and legs. The same artery disease that affects the heart, paralyzing it and causing heart attacks, affects the vessels feeding the brain, kidneys and legs. This will lead to strokes, kidney failure, dialysis and amputation of our legs if we do not treat it aggressively.

Transplant coronary artery disease (TCAD) remains the most significant cause of morbidity and mortality after orthopedic heart transplantation. Transplant coronary artery disease is largely an immunologic phenomenon, driven by an inflammatory milieu consisting of multiple cell types that contribute to intramuscular and smooth muscle cell proliferation with subsequent coronary obstruction.

Over the years, science has helped this in a vast way! I however chose to deal with therapy by having a better lifestyle, eating healthier and exercising. Other remedies are surgeries. Robotics has also been used to perform coronary artery bypass grafting in CAD patient. 

Robotically assisted hybrid coronary revascularization, which involves coronary artery bypass graft as well as percutaneous coronary intervention, has also been developed as a treatment modality for CAD. There have been reported benefits such as reduced morbidity and shortened hospital stays due to the minimally invasive nature of the procedure.

Nanotechnology has been revolutionizing several fields including medicine. It involves the engineering of nanoscale molecules with distinctly different properties than bulk molecules of the same composition. These inherent differences provide distinct benefits which are strong reasons for the boom in nanotechnology research.

I would not exactly call this ethical as if there is a natural way to end this why not use that?

I would like to end this by letting everyone know how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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