|Apparently I'm a little loopy here.|
This is after the procedure to place the stent.
|There is my artery, almost entirely closed off.|
|Here is the stent in place. Blood flowing freely.|
The Story: Last week, I wasn't feeling too good. I thought I was just coming down with the flu or something. I ached, and had a headache. It took me a few days to put it all together. At first I thought I had just used my muscles, and they were sore, after helping Roger shovel the heavy snow. A few days later, I realized that it was only when I was exerting myself, that my upper back, upper arms, and chest were hurting so bad. Just 2 weeks prior, I had been able to do 2.5 miles on my treadmill as usual, with no problems what so ever, and now I could only do about a mile, and my upper back and arms were just killing me. Strange. I began to think it might be heart related. I also noticed it when I would walk to the bank and post office (from my work). Monday morning I didn't think I was going to be able to make it back to the courthouse, and after I got back it took me about 5 or so minutes, to recover. Monday afternoon I went to the doctor in Morgan, and my BP was 178/118. Along with all of my other symptoms that I had related, she said I should head to the ER. While down there they did EKG's, drew blood, and and I was laying there (not exerting), I had another "attack". Soon after, I was headed upstairs to be admitted. Rachel Roskelley was my nurse ! Happy thing in the midst of the unfortunate turn of events. Dr. Tariq Harb was my doctor, and performed an angiogram (which turned into an angioplasty) where they thread a small catheter up through my femoral artery, to my heart, and there is dye involved, and xrays, and they found the blockage, and placed a small stent. I was happy to hear later from Mindy, who used to work for him, that she considers him the best.
An angiogram is a test that uses x-rays to look for narrowing or blockages in coronary arteries, which supply blood to the heart. An angioplasty is a procedure that widens the blocked artery.
This video shows what goes on in the Cath Lab. It is almost exactly what I experienced. Gaylene Kimbal works in the lab at McKay Dee everyday. She wasn't on call the night I went it. My Angioplasty was performed about midnight on 1/30/17. They had to call in the Cath Lab techs. There were 4 of them, along with Dr. Harb. Clint Petty, from Morgan was one of the techs.