Treating Blocked Arteries and Heart Failure

This statement appears in an article about new mouse experiments to alleviate stress on the heart.  Now, I have talked to cardiologist, and even had one recommend an invasive procedure to detect a blockage, but had never heard this.  Have you?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 735,000 Americans experience a heart attack each year. Opening a blocked coronary artery to restore blood flow to the heart prevents sudden cardiac death. However, doing so also triggers cardiac damage through oxidative stress and inflammation, which eventually can lead to heart failure.(1)

What you need to know:

  • Don’t passively accept a recommendation for a procedure. Get a second opinion from a doctor from a different medical practice.  Ask about risks and post-procedure quality of life. 
  • If you physician isn’t happy about your questions, find another physician.
  • Where the heart is concerned, you need to be energetic and efficient. Don’t squander time. 


  1. University of Missouri-Columbia. “Limiting protein reduces post-heart attack injury in mice: Researchers use ultrasound to deliver new gene therapy to mouse model.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 March 2017. <>.
  2. John M. Erikson, Anthony J. Valente, Srinivas Mummidi, Hemanth Kumar Kandikattu, Vincent G. DeMarco, Shawn B. Bender, William P. Fay, Ulrich Siebenlist, Bysani Chandrasekar. Targeting TRAF3IP2 by Genetic and Interventional Approaches Inhibits Ischemia/Reperfusion-induced Myocardial Injury and Adverse Remodeling. Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2017; 292 (6): 2345 DOI: 10.1074/jbc.M116.764522


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