Sunday, July 15, 2007

Heart of the matter

This video, obtained from the incredibly nice people at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of St. Louis, is an actual series of images showing part of the procedure described in the previous two posts.

The post-procedure posting shows an animated version of this device. The previous one described the procedure, which is designed to close a hole between the upper chambers of the heart, a common birth defect called a patent foramen ovale.

The image is fairly faint, but it does show the outlines of two connected metal mesh discs and the two catheters, one for imaging and the other for deploying the device.

Again, I hope it might become helpful for anyone who is researching this procedure. It was not that painful and after three weeks (as of Monday, July 16), so far so good. Thanks be to God.

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