Chapter 31 Do the Right Thing

DOI: 10.4324/9781003231837-31

During Junior’s cardiac catherization, doctors found a 99-percent blockage in his left anterior descending artery (a massive heart attack also known as “the widow maker”). They opened the blockage with angioplasty, and then inserted a 30-millimeter stent to keep it open. Unlike what Junior had heard from friends who have had a similar procedure, he was not suddenly feeling better with blood flowing more freely. He had a lot of pain in his chest due to the extensiveness of the cath procedure and size of the stent, and was given morphine to relieve the pain.

He spent a sleepless evening under observation in the hospital and was told that if everything checks out, he could be discharged ...

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