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Fri., Feb. 12, 2010, 7:46 a.m.

These little stents of mine…

Good morning, Netizens...

"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...

This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine..."

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As I expected, they have released Bill Clinton from the hospital this morning after placing 2 stents in his aorta yesterday in what most new sources are calling “an emergency heart procedure”. I remember when the surgeons put two stents in my heart, following much the same procedure they used on Clinton, yesterday. With a few minor exceptions, that is.

Like Clinton, I had a heart blockage, that is a portion of my aorta had been blocked by plaque, caused by poor diet, lack of exercise or even stress. Doctors stuck a huge needle into the femoral artery in my groin, through which they introduced a tiny balloon, with a nearly-microscopic sized set of tools. Once they had gotten the tiny balloon wedged in where the blockage had taken place, POP, they blew up the balloon, thus compressing the plaque blocking my artery.

They then slid the first of two stents into place, blocking my aorta open, ostensibly for good. However, as several cardiology experts in this morning's news have observed, stent procedures never last forever, because once you have heart disease, you have a sentence to serve. How long that sentence will run largely depends upon a wide variety of factors, only some of which you can address or control.

Like Clinton, I came back home one day after the stent was introduced into my heart, the heart pains gone, and feeling none the worse for having my aging fat body poked and prodded by those practioners of medical malfeasance on the house of pain atop the hill.

Stents save lives. Compared to 20 years ago, there are thousands upon thousands of people walking around whose lives have been saved by having stents put in their hearts.


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