Attacking Monster Clots

Attacking Monster Clots

<P>The state-of-the-art device that melted away a monster clot.<br><br></P>

A BLOOD CLOT AS LONG AS A TODDLER!
 THAT'S WHAT ONE MAN HAD INSIDE HIS BODY.
HE HAD A CONDITION THAT STRIKES UP TO 600-THOUSAND PEOPLE EACH YEAR.
HIS DOCTOR SAYS A DEVICE THAT'S REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY HE ATTACKS CLOTS MAY HAVE SAVED THE PATIENT'S LIFE.
76 CENTIMETERS,30 INCHES AND TWO AND A HALF FEET. THAT'S HOW BIG THE BLOOD CLOT WAS IN GERRY  CUNHA'S BODY.
"I just couldn't imagine two and a half feet of clotting."
IT WAS DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS OR D-V-T.
"A clot that forms in the deep veins of the leg."
YOU CAN SEE HOW SWOLLEN GERRY'S LEG GOT. THE CLOT WENT FROM BELOW HIS KNEE TO HIS LOWER ABDOMEN.
THE TRAVELING SALESMAN WAS IN TROUBLE.
"I could hardly walk. I was in such horrible pain."
THERE WAS A SERIOUS CHANCE OF PULMONARY EMBOLISM. THE CLOT COULD BREAK OFF...ENTER HIS LUNGS...AND KILL HIM.  SO IN THIS LETTER HE TOLD HIS WIFE GOODBYE.
"I will always be near you."
BUT SHE DIDN'T HAVE TO READ IT THANKS TO THIS.
("Inserted through the skin into the clotted vessel.")
THE EKOS SYSTEM GOES INTO THE LEG...AND THROUGH THE BLOCKAGE TO DELIVER CLOT-BUSTING MEDICATION LIKE OTHER CATHETER DEVICES.
BUT THE EKOS ADDS ULTRASOUND. DOCTOR WARREN SWEE SAYS THE VIBRATION BETTER PENETRATES THE CLOT...MAKING IT EASIER TO DISSOLVE.
"It cuts down the time and the amount of clot-busting medication we need."
HE TELLS US IT REQUIRES HALF THE TIME AND HALF THE MEDICATION OF SIMILAR PROCEDURES.  MAKING IT SAFER FOR PATIENTS LIKE GERRY WHO CAN'T HANDLE HIGH DOSES OF CLOT-BUSTING DRUGS.
"So patients that may not have been a candidate before may be a candidate now."
TODAY GERRY'S LEG IS BACK TO NORMAL AND HE'S BACK ON THE ROAD.
"I can drive about 3 to 400 miles a week."
FREE OF A MONSTER CLOT THAT WAS SLAYED WITH THESE TINY WIRES.
BECAUSE OF THE SIZE OF GERRY'S CLOT IT TOOK DOCTOR SWEE TWO DAYS TO COMPLETELY DISSOLVE IT.
WHILE ON LONG ROAD TRIPS, GERRY WEARS COMPRESSION SOCKS, DOES EXERCISES LIKE WIGGLING HIS TOES AND GETS OUT FOR SHORT WALKS TO HELP PREVENT ANOTHER CLOT FROM FORMING.
TO PREVENT THEM WHILE ON LONG FLIGHTS, WALK AROUND THE PLANE EVERY HOUR OR TWO, CHANGE POSITIONS IN YOUR SEAT, DRINK LOTS OF FLUIDS AND TRY NOT TO CROSS YOUR LEGS.
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