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Definition Anti-smooth muscle antibody is a blood test that detects the presence of antibodies against smooth muscle. How the test is performed Blood is drawn from a vein, usually from the inside of the elbow or the back of the hand. The site is cleaned with germ-killing medicine (antiseptic). The health care provider wraps an elastic band around the upper arm to apply pressure to the area and make the vein swell with blood. Next, the health care provider gently inserts a needle into the vein. The blood collects into an airtight vial or tube attached to the needle. The elastic band is removed from your arm. Once the blood has been collected, the needle is removed, and the puncture site is covered to stop any bleeding. In infants or young children, a sharp tool called a lancet may be used to puncture the skin and make it bleed. The blood collects into a small glass tube called a pipette, or onto a slide or test strip. A bandage may be placed over the area if there is any bleeding. How to prep...
This sharepost is part of a series about total body contouring plastic surgery that My Bariatric Life underwent following massive weight loss.
Read My Bariatric Life’s Total Body Lift – Part 1: Why Did I Do This?
In my last share post I wrote about how my minor complication with my arm lift had turned serious. To treat my condition, the orthopedic surgeon ordered occupational therapy with exercise and referred me to the shoulder specialist in the practice. The shoulder specialist, in turn, added physical therapy with Astym treatment and prescribed an ointment to increase blood flow to the site.
Astym is a therapy to restore healthy tissue and break down scar tissue. The physical therapist said my contracted scar looked worse than those she had seen on burn victims and that the area was all bands of collagen scar tissue. I also had contracted muscles that were pulling my shoulder to roll forward. She would stretch my arm to increase bl...
Can pain in the jaw or teeth be an indication of a heart attack? How do I tell if a pain in my arm or shoulder is due to a heart condition?
These questions are quite common and frequently asked, and not always easily or correctly answered in magazines and journals. In fact, pain caused by an inadequate supply of oxygen to the heart can occur in many different forms. Although, once in a while, the location and description of the discomfort may be odd, but, fortunately, most of the time it is similar. The majority of the time patients describe a tightness, heaviness or constriction in the mid-chest or upper abdomen that appears to also be present in one or the other shoulder. The discomfort may also be noted in the upper biceps, elbow and wrist (on either side) and on occasion may feel like it is “going through” to the back. Heart pain can also be noted in the jaw and teeth. It is more common for heart-related discomfort to affect the lower jaw than the upper jaw. Occ...
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