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  •  Wasteful. . . . ? (0+ / 0-)

    Sort of, maybe, kind of. . . .

    It's like a biopsy: if it comes back negative, you feel like it was well worth it, and if it comes back positive and means a fix, it seems smart, but, honestly, there are some things it does that I don't think all the Doppler 5000 Radar Enhanced smoothie machines and ECG's can do, yet, and that's measure vascular pressures on either side of a valve.

    In my case, they had to rule out pulmonary hypertension. Had that been positive, the next step would have been a transplant waiting list, I was told (by an insurance underwriting manual -- didn't mention that I was working in a life insurance company at the time, in the underwriting section).

    You may have been given a hypnogogic or amnesiac anesthetic. I found out that it was pretty common with thoracic surgery when I lost three weeks (permanently) after gall bladder surgery. At the open heart, I pointed that out and said, "I don't care if it's nasty in the recovery room, I sort of need my memory while I'm in grad school."

    People complain about dirt, but I'd like to see them make some.

    by The Geogre on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 10:06:25 AM PST

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