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A condition of the heart
九十一歲嬤裝導管「安心」開盲腸

A 91-year-old woman with aortic stenosis — narrowing of the aortic valve — could not have surgery to deal with the condition due to the high degree of risk in having open heart surgery. Last year she got appendicitis, but was prevented from having surgery for this because of her heart condition. Her only option was to control it with antibiotics, with the result that it kept recurring. Her heart condition had by this time got to the stage where something had to be done about it, and following an evaluation by her doctors it was decided to insert a catheter rather than perform open heart surgery. After the procedure the woman made a good recovery, and this year she can have the surgery for her appendicitis.

According to the heart surgeon responsible for her case, the aortic valve is the opening through which the heart sends blood throughout the entire body, and it can narrow due to factors such as aging or disease, resulting in a reduction in the flow of blood and necessitating the insertion of a replacement aortic valve if the condition is to improve. Otherwise, if the condition is treated with medication alone, the death rate within one year is as high as 50 percent, but every year 3 percent of sufferers cannot have surgery because they are too advanced in age or their problem is compounded with other conditions.

(Liberty Times, translated by Paul Cooper)

九十一歲的老太太患有心臟主動脈瓣膜狹窄,考量開胸手術風險高,遲遲未處理,去年她罹患盲腸炎,礙於主動脈瓣膜狹窄無法動刀,只能用抗生素控制,結果反覆復發,心臟問題已到不處理不行的地步,經醫師評估以經導管手術取代大刀開胸,術後復原良好,今年可以動盲腸手術了。

收治個案的心臟內科醫師表示,主動脈瓣膜是心臟輸送血液至全身經過的大門,可能出於老化或疾病因素而窄化,導致流動血液量減少,必須接受瓣膜置入術改善情況,否則單以藥物處置,一年死亡率高達百分之五十,但每年仍有百分之三患者因年長的或合併其他疾病而無法動刀。

(自由時報記者林惠琴)

TODAY’S WORDS
今日單字

1. appendicitis n.

盲腸炎 (mang2 chang2 yan2)

例: Appendicitis is an extremely painful condition.

(盲腸炎是種極度疼痛的狀況。)

2. recur v.

復發 (fu4 fa1)

例: Your condition will continue to recur until you do something about it.

(除非你接受治療,不然病情會復發。)

3. advanced in age adj. phr.

年長的 (nian2 zhang3 de5)

例: People who are advanced in age should avoid strenuous exercise.

(年長者應避免激烈活動。)


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