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He had no history of heart problems -- how to president George W.
Bush wind up on the operating table and could it happen to you.
Here's separates fact from fiction this morning -- comes to health is doctor Marc Siegel who brought.
A -- with him I've never seen one up close and hope I don't have to be tell stuck to what exactly will connect here.
By the way I knew you would love this -- its technology this is such amazing medical technology who understand it is.
Is you take this catheter and you -- -- -- through an artery in the growing up to the heart where there are three main.
Arteries and then you thread this it this into the heart.
Into the -- -- heart and then you die like this balloon at the end that if you look closely concede violating.
And then this stent.
Out of over the balloon and into the part of the coronary -- that's blocked.
And it keeps it open this particular -- is a metal alloy.
They change it over the years it used to be bare metal now it's a -- well lawyer and it's coated with a drug that prevents.
The plaque from reform since you know whether or not you're healthy -- -- needed one of these things let's go through some of these medical Nancy you have to be overweight we hear that you have to be -- have to be a smoker to be at risk of heart disease is that a myth.
That's actually a myth and one of the things that President Bush wants to get out there today by the way -- -- I heard from pretty forward his spokesperson about this.
He wants this to be about Americans not about himself typically what can we learn from it and what we can learn from inflation is.
If it can happen to somebody who mountain bike sixty miles over three days it's not even shorter breath.
It can happen to anyone.
Over the age of fifty just being a male is a risk factor for heart disease.
Then of course smokers.
People with high blood pressure people with a family history high cholesterol all have to be carefully checked.
See your doctor if you haven't seen your doctor regularly anyone could have heart disease 700000 people die every year.
Is it primarily a disease among men myth number two is that myth that's also -- one out of four people who die die of heart disease men or women.
Women with postmenopausal we have an increased risk of heart disease.
Because estrogen is no longer protecting them and their cholesterol can go up.
Men and women both the number one killer we've three more to get to one once you quit smoking the risk of heart disease diminishes myth number three actually true that's a fact in the first year you quit smoking your risk of heart disease goes down by 50% of smokers out there it is not too late.
Myth number four people who other -- who are otherwise healthy can go back to work two days after the procedure like President Bush is back up he's getting on is -- you better believe it was another myth you serve at the beginning this is not surgery were talking about it's a procedure it's a catheter.
Once it's open once -- -- -- in your back you're good you can.
You have blood -- is for of we -- many years afterwards and you also have to take cholesterol lowering drugs would you go right back to business as usual so maybe this addresses myth number five here but -- that stents are considered surgery is that a myth -- fact I think I -- you might choose that's a myth.
It is not surgery began it's a procedure you have to be very careful about.
And we need clot dissolving.
Drugs platelet anti platelet drugs after which you have to -- a drug called Plavix and aspirin for life introduce the president when they went in looking for this particular one they found the other -- were clear so that's good news for absolutely and this is just going order and the chances are over 80% that in his case it will stay open to long term.
I doctor Marc Siegel we appreciate you.
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