A Heart Gone Green
One man of age 76 recently stunned the chief of cardiac surgery when his heart had gone green... literally.
Completely stumping everyone-- internists, the cardiologist, a gastroenterologist, a pulmonologist, and the orthopedic surgeon-- the doctors stared in awe at this sick patient's color-changing blood-pumper, something they'd never before seen.
With his forceps forming a bulge, the surrounding muscle was red, but this particular appendage of the heart's right atrium, had turned green.
"What is that?" asked the surgical assistant.
"I have no idea," said Dr. Stephen Lahey, chief of cardiac surgery at the University of Connecticut.
Well, that's comforting, Doc!
Amidst the bypass surgery procedure to clear three clogged vessels in the heart, the doctor, anesthetic, and assistant just stood there for a moment in shock.
While the patient was in prime health until age 74, his problems started to occur shortly thereafter, from stomach issues to carpal tunnel syndrome, and it only worsened. Top that with diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, and the clogged arteries needed fixing.
Having operated on hearts for 25 years, Dr. Lahey still hasn't a clue how this heart turned green. Perhaps it will forever be a mystery.
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