CF 272: Postpartum VAD and Pregnancy CAD


Today we’re going to talk about postpartum VAD and pregnancy CAD.


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  You have found yourself smack dab in the middle of Episode #272   Now if you missed last week’s episode , we talked about outdoor play, screen time, and the impact of exercise. Make sure you don’t miss that info. Keep up with the class.  

On the personal end of things…..

Last week was Spring Break so we were a little slower than I like last week but understandable. Everyone is enjoying their kiddos being out of school and taking them on trips. I guess I’ll just move on and get over it.   It’s a big week for me. I’m headed to Atlanta on Thursday for a big voiceover conference called VOAtlanta. It’s actually the largest voice conference in the US from what I’m told.   If you’ve been to a chiropractic conference, then I can tell you, it’s very similar but big. You go keynote speeches. You sit in classes and do all that good stuff. Meet, mix, network. But they have X-sessions, which are really interesting.   An x-session is taught by an expert in whatever that session has to do with. It’s a 3-hour intensive where you really dial down into that subject.

So one may be eLearning, one may be commercial reads, or one may be the best way to win auditions.   That’s what’s on tap for this weekend. It seems more and more voiceover stuff is taking over my weekends and, to be honest, my weekly lunches.   I have too many side gigs and too many interests. I want to be the highest level at everything I do. Of course, that’s not possible is it? Nobody can be an expert at everything.   I’ll never be the smartest, most capable chiropractor. I’ll never be the busiest vo, or the best real estate investor, or the best painter or sculptor or musician or whatever else I have my fingers in.   So we have to be OK with be pretty darn good, don’t we? My point is, we are hard on ourselves many times.

With imposter syndrome and all of the things that go into business and our psyches, it’s difficult to believe that we are where we are and we are on a level that lots of people with they were on. We doubt ourselves instead of lifting ourselves up. I’m the worst.   I’m a tweener right now. Lol. I just made that word up by the way. I’m between. I have a successful clinic, thank the good Lord. And I have a successful voiceover career that is starting up. So, I’m between. I’m a tweener. That’s where I’m busy as hell at the one thing that I want to transition out of.   Don’t get me wrong. I love being a chiropractor and I love solving the puzzles of my patients. But I’m past the every day, day to day, hands on treatment part of it. It’s time for a younger and hungrier associate or two to come in and rock that part out.   At the same time here, I’m building for my future.

How do you retire from day to day patient care and transition into having more freedom of time, freedom of money, and freedom of place? For me, that’s voice over and real estate investing.

These can be done from anywhere at any time. But those have to mature to be able to take over my healthcare provider income. Or at least supplement it once I withdraw from daily care.   In the meantime, one is already built and busy. The other two are building and getting busy. So when both are combined and considered, well I’m busier than a one legged man in an ass kicking contest.   I think where I’m going with all of this is to make sure you have your plan. I’m 50. Some say that’s young. Especially when I spent the first 8 years or so of having my chiro license being a full-time musician. I gave everyone else a head start on me.

But I feel I’m running behind. I see chiros, many in my mastermind group, ahead of me in being able to withdraw from daily patient care and being able to have multiple locations and things like that.   So, what’s your plan? Just work like a mule your whole life and die in your clinic seeing patients at 80 years old? There’s nothing wrong with that by the way. Some love that idea. I have other things I really want to do and accomplish.

How do I get there?

How do you get there?  

Start thinking big and beyond your current positions. Start at the end and work backwards. What is your ultimate goal and what’s it going to take to get there financially, emotionally, risk-wise, etc.? Also, like voiceover and real estate is for me, what are your fail safes in case things don’t unfold perfectly. Because you know they rarely do.   Just start thinking about it regardless of your age. It’s never too early to plan it out and go down that path. Does it take 5 clinics and you just started your first one? Not too early to start considering what it’ll take to get another up and running in the next 3-5 years, and then on and on.   Start thinking, planning, and using some strategery.   Alright, lets get into the research.        

Item #1   The first on today is called, “Postpartum vertebral artery dissection: case report and review of the literature” by Nicholas T. Manasewitsch and published in Thrombosis Journal on 29 October 2020.    

Why They Did It   To determine the hypertensive disorders of pregnancy associated with vascular complications, including ischemic stroke and cervical artery dissection and vertebral artery dissection (VAD).  

How They Did It   A 31-year-old Hispanic woman presented 10 days postpartum with a one-day history of vertigo, nausea, vomiting, and frontal headache. The patient’s pregnancy course had been complicated by preeclampsia, chorioamnionitis, and iron-deficiency anemia, and her delivery was complicated by acute hemorrhage. Physical examination was significant for left leg ataxia.    

What They Found  

  • Laboratory studies showed marked thrombocytosis. Emergent computed tomography (CT) scan of the head was obtained and revealed a left cerebellar ischemic large vessel stroke. Subsequent CT angiography of the head and neck showed a left VAD.
  • Based on correlation of the clinical history and laboratory and imaging findings, a diagnosis of vertebral artery dissection secondary to reactive (secondary) thrombocytosis from overlapping iron-deficiency anemia and acute hemorrhage was established. The patient was started on a heparin infusion and experienced significant improvement after a four-day hospitalization.


Wrap It Up   VAD is a rare but important cause of neurologic symptoms in the postpartum period and should be considered in the differential diagnosis for women who present with headache and/or vertigo. Women aged 30 years or older and those with a history of a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy are at particularly high risk. Prompt diagnosis and management of VAD is essential to ensure favorable outcomes.   Before getting to the next one,

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Item #2   Our last one this week is called, “Pregnancy Linked to Risk of Postpartum Cervical Artery Dissection” by Kurt Samson, MS and published in American Academy of Neurology on August 20, 2020.    

Why They Did It   To provide a possible explanation for why pregnancy is a risk factor for stroke.    

How They Did It  

  • The researchers analyzed data from emergency departments and acute care hospitals in New York and Florida between 2005-2015 and identified 826 women with cervical artery dissection and 826 matched controls, between the ages of 12 and 42 years, who had been hospitalized for renal colic.
  • The subjects were matched for age, race, insurance, income, and state of residence, with pregnancy defined as labor and delivery within 90 days before or six months after the index visit. The researchers then compared the risk of cervical artery dissection during pregnancy versus the same time period one year later.


What They Found   Pregnancy was twice as common among 826 women with cervical artery dissection compared with the controls, with heightened risk limited to the postpartum period. Postpartum events occurred an average of 21 days after hospital discharge, and 45 percent of women with postpartum cervical artery dissection had hypertensive disorders of pregnancy at the time of their dissection diagnosis.      

Wrap It Up   New types of headaches, including face or neck pain, should be taken seriously, especially in the weeks just after pregnancy. While migraines, especially if similar to prior migraines, are the most common causes of headaches, new headaches or new types of headaches require prompt medical attention to be considered treatable issues.    

Alright, that’s it. Keep on keepin’ on. Keep changing our profession from your corner of the world. The world needs evidence-based, patient-centered practitioners driving the bus. The profession needs us in the ACA and involved in leadership of state associations. So quit griping about the profession if you’re doing nothing to make it better. Get active, get involved, and make it happen.   Let’s get to the message. Same as it is every week.  

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The Message

I want you to know with absolute certainty that when Chiropractic is at its best, you cant beat the risk vs reward ratio because spinal pain is primarily a movement-related pain and typically responds better to movement-related treatment rather than chemical treatments like pills and shots.


When compared to the traditional medical model, research and clinical experience show us patients can get good to excellent results for headaches, neck pain, back pain, and joint pain to name just a few.


It’s safe and cost-effective can decrease surgeries & disability and we do it through conservative, non-surgical means with minimal hassle to the patient.


And, if the patient treats preventatively after initial recovery, we can usually keep it that way while raising the overall level of health!


Key Point:

At the end of the day, patients should have the guarantee of having the best treatment that offers the least harm. When it comes to non-complicated musculoskeletal complaints….


Thats Chiropractic!



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