Taking a look inside my heart

Yesterday I had an interesting, but unnerving experience.  Earlier in the week, I failed an ecocardiogram, so the cardiologist suggested that I needed to have an angiogram.  When they do an angiogram, they poke a hole in your femoral artery (not something I like to think too deeply about) and then thread a tube into your heart cavities.  They they inject some dye and take pictures to see what your heart looks like.

So there I was, lying on a long table with a tube going into my heart.  I could see the screens and see my heart beating on tv.  They’d given me 5 mg. of valium, so I wasn’t too worried about anything anyone might do to me.  I really got caught up in the fascination of the whole thing–that it was possible to do such a thing.  Not only possible, it’s downright routine.  My doctor does about 700 a year.

The first person who did anything like this was back in the 1920’s–As I recall, it was a German doctor who threaded a tube into his own heart from his arm and then x-rayed himself to prove it.  You’d gotta hand it to that kind of a pioneer!  I can just hear his wife saying, “You’re going to do what?”  I mean what kind of person would dare be the first to do something like that?

Well anyway, even though I have been a good vegetarian for 18 years, my heredity has given me high cholesterol, which has blocked 20% of one artery–not too bad, I guess.  I will just start taking a better cholesterol-lowering drug and proceed with my plans to walk in the Indy mini-marathon in May.  I am going to report on my exercise here, because I think that would give me an incentive to stick to my plan (I hope it won’t be too boring!)  I can’t exercise for a week because of the whole thing with having a major artery messed with, but after that, to the gym I go–wait and see!

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2 responses to “Taking a look inside my heart

  1. I have read my children’s blogs, other friends’ blogs, but I have to say, yours is the most readable–is that your English writing skills, your family heritage, or just cuz your life is ten times more interesting to read about, I choose all of the above, thou almost persuadeth me to start my own!

  2. Thanks. I am never actually sure if anyone else ever reads some of the things I write–but it feels good to write them.

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