Thursday, June 17, 2010

Prevention of Restenosis - the Plan

So, I just got back from my appointment with my Naturopath with a plan to prevent restenosis when (I'm being positive, so no 'ifs') I get liberated.  She did some research and found some interesting correlations.  I'm going to share them with you because I think they are interesting too.
I'm going to just copy what she had written for me :)

*There is an association between the presence of H.pylori infection in the stomach (this is the bacteria that causes ulcers), elevated serum homocysteine, and elevated CRP (some kind of protein) and an increased risk of restenosis.  She recommends that I be tested for the presence of all three and then will treat accordingly.  So the tests are:
  • -H.pylori Breath Test 
  • - serum C-reactive protein (CRP)
  • -serum homocysteine
*Supplementing with vitamins that lower homocysteine levels (folic acid, B12, and B6) for 6 months after angioplasty or stenting significantly decreases the risk of restenosis at the 1 year mark.She recommends that beginning 5 days after the procedure, until at least 6 months after, I take AOR Promethyl which is a supplement that contains all 3 homocysteines mentioned.

*Bioflavonoids improve microvascular blood flow and clinical symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency (pain, tired legs, night cramps, restless legs)  in up to 73% of patients Note: this is for leg veins but the symptoms are interesting as many MS'ers can relate to them...at least I can
She recommends beginning now, take 3000mg per day of bioflavonoids until 10 days prior to the procedure (they have a blood thinning effect) and then resume 5 days after the procedure at a maintenance dose of 1000-2000mg per day
She also recommends discontinuing all vitamins 10 days prior to testing and angioplasty and then to resume them 5 days after procedure.

So there you have it...I'm going in to see my GP next week to first, tell her what I'm planning to do (ie. Liberation procedure) and to request the necessary blood work.  It will be interesting to see what her reaction will be...I'm hoping for interested or intrigued but I'm expecting skeptical and cautious with the possibility of denial or refusal.  In which case, I have to go to Plan B which requires some major begging from a friend-of-a-friend, who is a Doctor, to request the lab work.  I'm hoping I won't have to go that route as I don't like asking for favors.

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