Cleaning Plumbing

As kids, we grew up in a house with a chimney. My dad put it to great effect. He showed us the soot that would collect inside. Then he drew an analogy to our lungs and said each time we smoked, the same thing would happen to us. Except unlike the chimney, there was no way to clean our lungs. It was very effective. Perhaps, he should also have been drawing parallels to our arteries. Once plaque fills your arteries it takes a lot to clean it. Plaque is a combination of cholesterol, fat, calcium and other substances. It builds up due to high blood sugar, high blood pressure, poor diet, lack of exercise and smoking among others.

In the past few decades medical science has caught up. A risk of heart diseases caused by plaque build up can be addressed. Doctors were able to take a x-ray to identify areas of your arteries that were clogged. This would help identify potential blocked areas. Obviously this was not accurate. To overcome this, researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed a new catheter. The new device can see inside the artery and simultaneously remove the plaque. This vastly improves the precision with which the doctor can remove the the plaque. This also ensures that the artery is completely cleaned of all plaque. This restores the normal flow of blood reducing the risk of cardiac diseases. The procedure is minimally invasive. The new technology was approved by the FDA in 2016.

Needless to say, it is far better to listen to someone like my dad. This means you are better served living a healthful life – eating clean, exercising, de-stressing  and reading my articles. If your past has not been so kind on you, medical technology is here to help. We can clean our plumbing now at the minor cost of a surgery.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.