Monday, September 06, 2004

Heartbeat away....
Watching the press conference by President Clinton's surgery/cardiology team:
Sounds like a LIMA to the LAD and marginal, a RIMA to the circumflex and a SVG to the right coronary. This should serve him well given the improved patency of arterial grafts.
Was done on-pump due to "anatomic" considerations according to Dr. Smith.
Crossclamp time 73 minutes.
The surgeon looks irritated by some of the questions. Many questions along the lines of "when can he get out and campaign for Kerry"
"How much did this cost?" Please....
Questions about the delay, reason given was to allow Plavix to clear.
Questions about the neurocognitive effects of cardiopulmonary bypass. Surgeon quotes 30 percent incidence of defects, many which resolve over a year.
Press conference now over.
Cross-posted at Galen's Log
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