Vascular events kill more people than anything else, and even with that unenviable record they are probably underreported because the blockage of blood vessels aggravates all other life processes. (This was first published in Probaway-Clot in 1994 but like most really new stuff it was never found. We need a vastly better system for finding new ideas of possible value than Google or Wikipedia, because they only work with cataloging accepted knowledge. They have pioneered the way but something more relevant to new findings is needed.)
When any part of the body doesn’t get its full supply of blood it must compensate in some way, and that must mean a decrease in the performance of that particular organ’s life task. When the kidneys don’t get a full supply of blood it doesn’t work well, and is called kidney failure, and when it’s the heart that isn’t getting is full supply it is called heart failure. The real problem isn’t that those organs aren’t attempting to perform their function; it’s because they don’t have the necessary resources provided to them to work properly. When they are deprived totally of blood they fail totally, and the other organs of the body which are dependent upon its function are severely compromised, and they soon fail too, and the whole body dies.
The decrease of function of the body’s organs is caused by the chronic decrease in blood flow to them, and is generally caused by the walls of the arteries being covered with an accumulation of fatty plaque. That plaque was created by the body out of its naturally occurring cholesterol which is always flowing along in the blood. There has been a whole industry founded upon trying to lower the quantity of cholesterol in the blood to some artificially defined lower level even though that doesn’t remove any plaque from the artery walls, and it is that plaque which is the real problem. A new industry is in the formation stage at the moment which is founded on the concept of removing the plaque and which is now available in one form as the drug called atorvastatin. The research company is Esperion.
[ I used to own the stock ESPR but was taken away from me by an insider hostile takeover. I was a supporter of this company during the costly, and risky development stage, but never received much compensation for my risky investment. That has happened to me on several other high risk investments, and so I am no longer wasting much time on stocks. The insiders will simply take any really good thing that comes along, and take it away from their common stock shareholders with a forced buy out. They pretend that it looks good to the stockholder, because they do give some small percentage of profit, but it’s a losing investment strategy, because the high probability of loss on most research projects must be compensated for by the few that do work out. When the stockholder is deprived of these larger rewards on the risk there is no reason to support the enterprise. I’ve lost on some other things also, to Carlyle for example, the ultimate of privately held politically powerful insider traders. I hate to say it but unless you are an insider it is a waste of investment money to support research. ]
Anyhow, after that pitiful plaint it is apparent that Esperion’s products are now becoming available, and appear to be successful in removing plaque from the arteries, and we may all have a real boost in our life expectancy, because of it. So my support of that company wasn’t totally wasted; it was just not fairly compensated economically for the risk. In the grander sense of helping humanity it was a fabulously successful investment.
In the long run this dissolving plaque from the arteries is the best solution for the various clot problems. However, in the short run, when you are having a heart attack, or other clogged artery failure, and are on the verge of dying there is a quick, cheap, and possibly life saving temporary alternative. Take two aspirin immediately upon the first sign of the heart attack. This doesn’t remove plaque from the arterial walls, but it does help with dissolving the chunks of stuff which happen to be temporarily clogging an artery. The body has ways of clearing these clogs, but it takes some time, and if it is a total blockage it takes longer. If it takes longer than a couple of hours the tissue downstream is injured, and much longer than that, and it dies. However, if the blockage can be removed within that time period successfully then the artery, and the organs beyond it are as good as they were before the clog occurred. They may have been in poor condition before the event, but at least you are still alive, and can start other more aggressive treatments.
Therefore, always carry two or more aspirin and a Benadryl ®, a safe, over the counter, antihistamine and vasodilator, with you. When you have an attack immediately swallow the Benadryl and chew up the aspirin. The Benadryl will dilate your arteries a little and the chewed up aspirin will start dissolving the blockage.
The medical establishment has been recommending a small aspirin be taken every day by normally healthy people. This is clearly poor advice, because they based their scientific conclusions on too narrowly defined studies. They limited their study to comparing heart attack victims with a matching alternate control group. There was a perceptible decrease in heart attack deaths between the two groups, but they didn’t factor in other deaths which were caused by the aspirin. Some of these are known such as fairly common problem of major stomach bleeding. Nor did the study even start to factor in bleeding deaths from injuries which otherwise wouldn’t have occurred if the person hadn’t been taking aspirin. In the USA there are about 43,000 automobile deaths per year, and about ten times that many victims are taken to hospital, and most of those injured people are probably bleeding either externally or internally. These types of injuries were not figured in the calculations—it would be difficult—but they are clearly relevant, but not even mentioned. Another thing which the original reports didn’t address was that some of the experimental subjects would have taken their aspirin just before the clot would have occurred, and so it didn’t occur or was so mild the clot was dissolved, and they never reported having one. In that case the aspirin in the blood would have been at a higher concentration than 24 hours later just before they took their next pill, and they were accidentally being saved by the very procedure which I have been recommending. Taking 500 mg right when you have an attack makes a lot more sense than taking 50 mg everyday in hopes that you might just get lucky, and time it right. Most people tolerate an occasional full dose of aspirin, and may get a little stomach bleeding for a couple of hours which soon clears up, but taking a small amount every day will mean chronic bleeding, and increase the risk for all of the other problems because of the open wounds in the stomach, and elsewhere in the body.
Always have your aspirin and Benedryl with you !!! If you even think you or your friend might be having a heart attack take as them directed and get to a doctor.