24 Jul '12, 9am

From miyagi.sg: An Angiogram To Be Thankful For #greenkampong #health

From miyagi.sg: An Angiogram To Be Thankful For #greenkampong #health

So I went for an angiogram this morn­ing to see if I had any block­ages in any coro­nary artery, and if so, how bad it was, and if it was bad, whether to do a bal­loon angio­plasty or place a stent inside. The pro­ce­dure involves thread­ing a catheter through a vein in your wrist into your heart, and pump­ing a con­trast dye so that the arter­ies can be pho­tographed using an x-ray machine. This was explained to me sev­eral times over two vis­its to the cardiologist’s but I don’t know why I had the impres­sion I was going to be sedated or put under gen­eral anes­the­sia for the pro­ce­dure. Turns out I had to be awake the whole time, and I was going to see the catheter going from an inci­sion in my wrist into my heart, ‘live’ on the mon­i­tor next to me. What was even weirder than see­ing it on screen was to feel a very faint but dis­turb­ing ache in the arm and then in t...

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