Infected heart valves or endocarditis cause nodules to appear on the heart valves, these are called "vegetations". Once bacteria forms on the valves or valve leaflets this will prevent the heart from opening and closing normally. If endocarditis is not treated it can cause heart damage such as congestive heart failure which is when the heart valves fail and thus weaken the heart, because the heart fails to pump properly. When bacteria and infection affect the wiring of the heart which causes the heart to beat abnormally by slow beats or bradycardia then syncope or dizziness will occur. Bacteria can break off from the site of an infection and travel through the bloodstream. The bacteria or emboli can become attached to a blood vessel and therefore block it. Once this occurs damage is done to the organ that the blood vessel supplies. Examples of this are: Kidneys-when bacteria from the heart travel to the kidney and cause kidney failure, Brain-bacteria from the heart can travel to the brain and cause a stroke.
Bacteria can also affect other areas of the body such as the liver, lungs, intestines, muscles and eyes.
Stem cells and their use are making headlines these days. But there needs to be made a use of these procedures done directly in the doctors office. What am I talking about? Well, it ain't about wills! If you are either too lazy to write one up in anticipation of that flight you're gonna be taking due to declining health or you simply don't like anyone enough to leave very much too; then there is another suggestion...
High speed apheresis machines are needed in order to perform in office stem cell injections in regards to the heart.
Blood stem cells that are in the bone marrow can be moved into the bloodstream via medications. Peripheral blood stem cell collection is the process used to collect the stem cells from the blood afterwards of medication. The apheresis machine separates the blood stem cells from the blood. Due to the several hours it takes for collection,
high speed apheresis machines should be able to do the work in half the time if not less. Depending on the amount of stem cells collected will determine if another blood collection is necessary. But the idea here is to quickly separate the stem cells from the blood and to cause less of a process for the patient to undergo. If the patient can sit in a physicians office for 90 minutes to 2 hours for an appointment then that time and practice can be made useful regarding stem cell injections. With high speed apheresis machines stem cells can be separated and then injected into a patient efficiently once prepared.
Stem cells as injected into a patients heart can improve the hearts function and heal damaged tissue such as in the heart valves. This will ultimately repair the heart by minimizing the affects on the heart, that heart attacks and disease can do.