Christmas Bento

A Simple Clip Could Increase Quality of Life for Patients with a Common Heart Problem

The interventional cardiology team at the Montreal Heart Institute (MHI) recently conducted the first clinical procedure in Canada using the MitraClip system, which is designed to treat patients suffering from mitral valve failure, a very common heart defect that affects an estimated 1 out 5 people to various extents starting at the age of 55. The MHI has implemented a treatment program for this condition and so far is the centre that has performed the most procedures in Canada with the MitraClip system.

This innovative and minimally invasive procedure is an alternative to heart surgery. Until now, mitral valve failure has been treated with medication or open-heart surgery depending on the degree of severity. The MitraClip system was designed by Abbott Vascular for inoperable or very high-risk surgical patients and can provide lasting treatment for acute mitral regurgitation. The risk of complications is low compared to traditional surgery, and patients are discharged from the hospital within 48 hours of the procedure.

The procedure consists of using a catheter to guide the MitraClip, a simple clip device, through the femoral vein to the left atrium of the heart and then pushing it into the ventricle. The clip is then positioned so that it holds the anterior and posterior flaps of the mitral valve together. This creates a double orifice opening that allows blood to flow on both sides of the clip, which mechanically restricts regurgitation.

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Dressed-up Caesar Salad with Chicken and Prosciutto

Ingredients

10 cherry tomatoes, yellow pear-shape tomatoes or grape tomatoes
1 small bunch asparagus, about 1/2 lb (250 g)
1 medium-size head romaine lettuce
2 cups baby spinach
1 tbsp olive oil
4 slices prosciutto
1 lb chicken stir-fry strips or boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1/4 cup Caesar dressing, vinaigrette-style
freshly ground black pepper
topping of Parmesan cheese shavings

Method

  1. Slice tomatoes in half. Snap off and discard tough ends of asparagus, then slice spears into bite-size pieces. Set aside. Wash romaine and tear into bite-size pieces. You should have about 3 cups. Combine in a salad bowl with spinach.
  2. Heat oil in a large frying pan set over high heat. Add prosciutto and cook until crisp, from 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove prosciutto and drain on paper towels. Add tomatoes to hot fat in pan and stir-fry over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside in a bowl. Add chicken to pan and stir-fry until lightly browned, from 2 to 3 minutes. Add to tomatoes.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, add asparagus and cook, covered, until just tender, from 3 to 5 minutes. Then toss dressing with romaine and spinach. Add asparagus and pan juices, tomatoes and chicken and toss. Serve sprinkled with broken pieces of prosciutto, pepper and Parmesan.

Source: Chatelaine

Breakfast Idea

Chinese Breakfast

Menu

  • Sesame Seed Cake (烧饼) with Peanut Butter and Chinese Deep-fried Dough Stick (油条)
  • Savoury Soy Milk