Sunday, May 28, 2006

Pulmonary Hemorrhage with BMT

One of the leading causes of BMT death is Pulmonary Hemorrhage. This article purposes that when the endothelium (the blood vessel linings) are injured (due to GVHD or toxicity) then their is a risk of pulmonary hemorrhage.

There are a couple of ways to strengthen the endothelium. One is by eating more foods that contain the amino acid arginine, this includes beans, soy, almonds, walnuts, oats, and cold-water fish such as salmon, tuna, and mackerel. Second, exercise. Exercise encourages the endothelium to make more nitric oxide. Nitric oxide keeps vessel walls from getting too thick and stiff and prevents the arteries from narrowing.

David loves beans, soy and oats. I haven't tried tuna yet. I'll have to take him to the park more often so he can run around.

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