Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Keep Hoping-And Working

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Keep Hoping-And Working

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Q: I have a question concerning the angiogenesis procedure that may be FDA approved in 2009. Might I possibly be a candidate? I am 76 years old with a 20-year history of heart problems. My electrophysiologist said I was a prime candidate for a heart transplant, but I would never move up the list because of my age. I still work full-time as a carpenter for the local school district. Thank you for your articles of hope for those of us who wonder.

I am glad my articles are of interest to you. There is much research going on in the field of angiogenesis--that is, the creation of new blood vessels in the body. The goal of angiogenesis is to improve blood flow to areas of the body supplied by partially or totally blocked arteries. Naturally, this includes the heart, in patients with coronary artery disease, and peripheral muscles (such as the legs), in patients with peripheral vascular disease. Approaches include injecting genes and altered cells that can encourage new blood vessel growth. …

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