David1949 wrote:My bed has been inclined for many years because I have acid reflux. IBT definitely helps with that and doctors recommend it. I don't think it does much for MS though. However if your liberation treatment involved tearing the valves then IBT might help to keep the blood flowing in the right direction since the valves might not be able to do that anymore. That's just a guess though.
That's something I've wondered about myself, I know my right side gets tons of flow volume-wise, and the left too, but my right side was a flap, no valve, which was "unhinged" via angioplasty on my follow up treatment (which I will reiterate for posterity, was only to treat the venous hum noise, not anything else), but without any IVUS on the left side, not sure about the conditions there, but safe to assume due to it's already narrow architecture, that the original procedure would not have left much by the way of valves intact and functional.
Which leaves me with that pondering thing, knowing there's PLENTY of throughput, but how that may be affected in the lying position, without valves on either side to do what they do best. I ponder it a lot, just out of curiousity. If there is no disrupt in the middle, then it's safe to assume the pressure and volume is fairly constant from the heart, up through the SVC, then the jugs and up into the head, and as Cece points out, gravity is going to have a greater impact than if you have a check valve in the middle. Then again, we need to keep in mind that blood doesn't flow through our vessels anyways like a faucet, it's not on/off or turn the spigot down and get less flow in an even fashion or turn it up and get a steady even stream, it has a natural sine wave up/down already.
So what DOES happen to our flow when we sleep for hours on end, is the question at hand, and how DOES inclination aid in that if at all? I'd just like to try it for a few nights here or there myself and see if it helps, but can certainly live with what I got now, just getting greedy is all...