Berliner Zeitung, 18.06.2018. Text: Michael Brendler
Clogged arteries The blood seeks new paths for itself
A therapy that was not pursued further about 60 years ago may be on the verge of making a comeback: ligating an artery in the chest, also called ligating the internal mammary artery. At the end of the 1950s, the procedure was considered the new miracle cure for calcified heart vessels and impending infarction. Short circuits had been discovered running from this thoracic artery to the blocked coronary arteries. By creating a congestion in the mammaria interna, surgeons hoped to divert fresh blood to the coronary arteries and bridge the narrowing.