Radiation - Heart Disease

There is a new and exciting use for radioactive substances in treating...Heart Disease!

The New England Journal of Medicine describes a study of patients who have had angioplasty and insertion of a stent, or mold, to hold open one of their coronary arteries.

These patients were treated additionally with radiation delivered by means of a small radioactive ribbon inserted through a catheter to the site of the previously narrowed artery.

The blood vessels so treated remained open better and the patient's clinical condition was better than those treated without the radiation!

What a marvelous new use for Roentgen's Ray.

I'm Medical Editor, Dr. Ted Castele, with the Medical Moment.

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