Daily Archives: August 10, 2009

Aterial redundancy ? Tortuosity?

Mary found the report from my angiogram in February that found my brain aneurysm.  It says I have “tortuosity” and “redudancy” throughout my carotid artery.  I can’t find a definition of these terms, though. 

A Google search turned up a lot of medical abstracts, but not simple “layman’s” article (i.e., Wikipedia or WebMD).

What I *did* find out whas that “tortuosity” in the carotid artery is associated with neck spasms (OK; not “nuts” there), and possibly with risk of stroke.  “Redundancy” in the carotid artery indicates a high risk of dissection of the artery.

But I’d like to know what these things *are*.

St. Teresa of Avila on Sacramentals

St. Teresa de Jesus says that the purpose of sacramentals is their use.

“This situation can be compared to that of a person who uses beads to count indulgenced prayers. If he uses them once, he gains the indulgences; if he uses them mor eoften, he gains more; but if he never uses them, keeping them rather in a chest, it would be better for him not to have them” (Way of Perfection, Ch. 20, para 3.)