On July 11, 1998 I suffered a heart attack and on July 13, a Palmaz-Schatz stent was placed in my circumflex artery. In twenty-five words or less, a stent is a titainum and steel lattice tube that is placed in the artery after balloon angioplasty is preformed.
(www.atlcard.com/stent.html also includes step-by-step instructions for installation but I strongly advise not performing angioplasty in your home even under adult supervision)
During the procedure, three large monitors showed various aspects of the procedure. I am not sure what each monitor showed because I was focused on only one (then again, there might have been one monitor and I could have been seeing triple).
After a few minutes, I realized I was looking at a picture of my heart. (To those students who say I don't have a heart, not so .) The darker paths are my arteries enhanced due to a dye introduced into the heart via the catheter inserted into the groin area that followed the femeral artery into the heart. I could have chosen not to watch but what fun would that be?
I felt no sensation, in fact it was rather surreal. It was like watching a show on the Discovery Channel. Unable to purchase a video (even with $19.95 plus S&H) of procedure, Dr. Ezratty provided two shots of the procedure.
The arrows drawn by the doctor show what appears to be a break in my circumflex artery. I am not sure if the artery is completely closed or there is a major restriction but it should appear to be a continous line. This image bares a time stamp of
15:24:28, another picture was taken showing the circumflex artery with the stent in place. The time between the pictures is a mere 5 minutes and 42 seconds.
Here is a cropped version of the artery after the stent was in place.
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