Cath Lab

Apr. 2nd, 2007 03:09 pm
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I don't have a lot of time to write this entry, but I just wanted to say that I got to observe in the Cardiac Cath Lab today and I really liked it! Basically, a catheter is inserted into the femoral artery in the groin. From there it is threaded up to the heart where contrast dye is released so that the coronary blood vessels are visible. It is so cool. This is about what it looks like:

I alternated between standing in the room where the procedure was going on, and the room beyond the glass where the recording nurse sits. That person keeps an eye on the heart monitor and also records the procedure log. Here is what the image looks like:

So you can't really see the *heart* but you can see all the vessels surrounding it and pulsating. I can't explain to you how interesting this was to me. I'm just so jazzed up by this experience. I got to see 3 procedures done in the 4 hours I was there. I was lucky, it was a busy day.

Anyhow, got to get ready to take the train down to Alex's. He's picking me up on the bike. Woohoo!

Date: 2007-04-02 07:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
That's really kickass!

Date: 2007-04-02 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It is so cool.

From the patient's perspective, it's HOT AS FUCKING HELL!!

I had a cath done a couple years back, and I swear, once they let loose with the dye, it felt like it was a thousand degrees in the room! It WAS really awesome to see everything though.

Date: 2007-04-03 01:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
One of the patients said he could taste it when they put the dye in. Then he fell asleep and started snoring.


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