Ariel Sharon Heart Surgery Condition is Common But
December 26th 2005
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Minister Ariel Sharon will undergo a catheterization procedure
within the next couple weeks to repair a hole between the atrial
chambers of his heart. This is relatively common birth defect that
affects 15 to 25 percent of the population.
The hole was
discovered by doctors when Mr. Sharon was treated for a minor stroke
last week. It was a tiny hole measuring just 1 or 2 millimeters.
Sharon is lucky.
There was a time when this condition required open heart surgery,
where the chest is cut open and the sternum is opened up. Patients
used to be hooked up to a heart lung machine that took over heart
and lung functions while the surgeons operated on the heart.
The new procedure
should be a lot less painful or dangerous and a lot less costly.
Since the hole is so small he is a candidate for the non-invasive
ASD (Atrial Septal Defect) Occlusion procedure. Open heart surgery
is still used in some other cases.
Dr. Ahn of
Hesperia told Best Syndication that many of these small holes can
produce a large noise. A heart murmur can be more difficult to
detect in cases where the hole is large. According to the St.
Francis heart Center “Left untreated, over several decades,
potential effects of the defect include progressive lung disease,
exercise intolerance, heart rhythm abnormalities, shortened life
expectancy and the increased risk of a stroke.”
Sharon’s speech was affected for several hours after his stroke.
The Prime Ministers office reports that his memory was not affected
though. Doctors say that Sharon needs to lose at least 100 pounds.
The London Times reports that Sharon has lost 6 pounds since his
Mr. Sharon is 77
years old, stands just 5”7” tall but weighs 254 pounds. The recent
stoke has concerned many Israelis who now question whether he is
healthy enough to govern. His doctors have indicated there is no
damage to Mr. Sharon’s brain. The Guardian reports “The prime
minister is in exactly the same state now as he was the day before
he was hospitalised," said Tamir Ben-Hur, the head of neurology at
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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