Tag Archive for 'arteriosclerosis'

Here’s the “One Semester of Spanish Love Song”

Okay, this post has absolutely nothing to do with medicine, the healthcare system, medical practice or anything of the sort.

In a sort of tangential, really-making-a-stretch way however, it does have to do with staying healthy.

There’s an old saying that says “Laughter is the best medicine.” There’s even a good bit of empirical evidence to back that up. Here’s just one example.

Continue reading ‘Here’s the “One Semester of Spanish Love Song”’

Penumbra

I just read an interesting story about a new treatment for occlusive strokes.

The device is known as Penumbra and is being put out by the company of the same name Penumbra, Inc.

From the story I read, and from my brief visit to the company website, it looks like it might have promise to treat some stroke victims who otherwise would be sort of out of luck.

Basically, from the description, this is a catheter type device that is threaded into the femoral artery (The great big artery in your groin that feeds blood to your leg), and is worked in retrograde fashion up the aorta and then into the appropriate arteries (carotid, etc.) until reaching the site of the blocked artery inside the skull. It then acts basically like a vacuum cleaner and sucks out the blood clot that is blocking the artery and causing the stroke.

Continue reading ‘Penumbra’







Unless otherwise indicated, all content of drsamonline is to be considered copyrighted material with full protection under the law. Nothing on drsamonline, either implied or otherwise, should be construed as indicating the establishment of a doctor-patient relationship, nor as an endorsement of any particular medication, test, or treatment. All content is for educational and entertainment purposes only. It should not be used in any way for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition and should never be used as a substitute for examination and treatment by your own personal physician. Please send email to drsam@drsamonline.com to report problems with this website . Thanks.