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Listen to your heartInnovative technology helps diagnose and treat
Guardsman’s heart pain
Doctors using IVUS technology begin by threading a tiny catheter into the patient’s coronary arteries. High frequency sound waves reflect off tissue or vessel walls, creating a cross-sectional image that supports precise measurements of the vessel dimensions. Doctors can see plaque, calcified lesions or deposits that may have built up inside the heart vessel. IVUS helps doctors assess the composition of the blockage and thus can help them design treatment options more definitively.
IVUS helped pinpoint the problem quickly. Thanks to Dr. Reddy’s expertise and the care Newton received at Sanford Health, Newton is feeling good and is back on the job for the Army National Guard. Stress is a given in his job, he said, but he’s learned to incorporate stress management techniques into his workday.
“I thought I was invincible, too young for this to control my life,” he said. “I’ve learned differently and have had to change the way I’ve been living my life, such as eating healthier and exercising.”
Newton’s lifestyle changes should help him avoid future emergency room visits, but he knows, too, how important it is to trust what his body is telling him. And then to reach out for help—before it’s too late.
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