It’s a question many Americans have been asking themselves for years: Can I bleed a little more blood without getting a belly button?
But in a world of cutting-edge medical technology, this is a question that has remained mostly unanswered.
“We haven’t been able to find an answer yet,” says Dr. Jeffrey P. Kipman, a cardiologist and an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Medicine in Minneapolis.
It could be the case that a lot of patients with severe or chronic heart failure aren’t bleeding enough, he says.
“I would certainly not recommend it.”
A study published last year in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests it may be possible to do so.
The study found that patients who received abdominal CT scans before their heart attack had a slightly smaller volume of blood on their chest than those who didn’t.
It was also possible to get an abnormal result if the patient’s blood pressure was high.
“The risk is not as great for patients with a heart failure,” says Michael Bostock, an assistant research professor at Washington University in St. Louis.
The researchers who conducted the study weren’t able to pinpoint exactly why patients with heart failure might get an abnormally small volume of heart tissue on the CT scan.
They did find, however, that the volume of the blood on the scan could be related to the size of the patient and the severity of their heart failure.
But the volume difference was just a coincidence, Bostocks says.
There are a few reasons why a small volume might be the result of heart failure, he adds.
For one, it may result from a different type of blood vessel in the chest, such as the small arteries that connect the heart to the lungs.
That may explain why some patients might bleed less when they have a heart attack.
Another possible reason is that the heart muscle can contract while the chest muscles are active.
That would result in a small amount of blood in the small vessels.
The next step is to determine how much blood is present on the chest.
A CT scan is an extremely sensitive test, but it’s also not 100 percent accurate, because the heart is moving during the scan, so there’s a chance it will miss a small piece of blood.
It’s not unusual to have less than a 10 percent chance of seeing the tiny, blood-filled spot on the top of the heart.
The second issue is whether the patient had a heart defect, or a blockage that was too large for the heart, and so it wasn’t working properly.
The results of that analysis are more difficult.
“There are a lot more questions that need to be answered,” says Kipmans.
If the small blood volume is related to heart failure in a certain patient, then the risk of getting a bigger blood volume could increase.
If it’s not related to a heart problem, then a lower blood volume might indicate a smaller blockage.
But, if a patient has a blockages, the risk may decrease.
For patients with coronary artery disease, this risk is reduced.
“If the blockage is very small, there is no reason to think it will be significant,” Kipmas says.
If a block or a large volume of bleeding isn’t associated with a block, then it could be that there’s just too much blood in a patient’s heart to get a block.
But even with a large block, it’s possible that the risk is still lower than with a larger block.
“A block is not a reason to not have a scan,” says Bostos.
“But, you don’t want to be a heart-failure patient,” he adds, because they may be at risk for bleeding in the heart when they are not.
“This is one of the few things we don’t know for sure.”
If the risk doesn’t seem to be significant, then Kipmans says he would still recommend a CT scan for heart failure patients.
He says patients with certain cardiac problems may not have enough blood to get blood on a CT.
A heart valve, the blood vessel that carries blood from the heart into the lungs, is the most common site of blockage in heart failure but it can also be the source of the smaller volume.
It can also cause damage to the heart valve and cause blood clots to form.
Patients who are at increased risk for heart attack and stroke because of their high blood pressure should also get a CT because it may help detect the condition more accurately.
If that doesn’t work, then other options may be available, such a pacemaker or an implanted device that can replace the blood supply to the brain.
These devices have also been shown to improve blood flow and decrease bleeding in people with heart disease, says Drs.
Joseph J. Koss and Charles M. Karp.
A pacemaker and a blood supply device are not FDA approved devices.
“So, it would be very, very difficult to go through the FDA process to get FDA