By April Jamie Ong
Finally, the season of giving has arrived! And while some have been receiving gifts and all things merry, Nelson, an ordinary man living an ordinary life, received something else—something completely unique and unexpected: A recommendation for a coronary angiogram from his doctor.
Nelson has been trying to keep his body in shape for his silver years. He knew he needed to check if his heart was doing a good job, especially with 2017 just around the corner. But just thinking about the discomfort, the risk of complications, and days of hospital confinement made him sigh. He didn’t think the holiday season was the best time to have the procedure.
You see, an angiogram (AKA cardiac catheterization) is a medical procedure usually performed to examine the possibility of blocked coronary arteries. Traditionally, when doctors do an angiogram job, they insert a catheter through the skin near where the leg bends from the hip—into the femoral artery. This makes the procedure more taxing to patients like Nelson.
So it was a stroke of luck when his doctor, Dr. Michelangelo Sabas, Interventional Cardiologist at The Medical City, introduced Nelson to a safer and more modern approach to cardiac catheterization that changed his mind; one that allows patients sit up, eat, drink, or even walk without the fear of bleeding.
They called this the transradial method, an advanced technique that inserts a small needle into the radial artery underneath the wrist as a reference to insert a small plastic tube called a sheath. Thanks to this sheath, blood is kept from spurting out of the artery. This also allows the doctors to perform coronary angiogram (mapping of the heart arteries) and angioplasty or stenting (opening of blocked arteries). In short, doctors are able to reach the heart through the wrist!
Upon hearing the benefits of the transradial method, Nelson went on with his angiogram last week at The Medical City’s Catheterization Laboratory—arriving an hour before his 9AM schedule. How much time was spent on his angiogram? Thirty minutes. His waiting time ended up even longer than the procedure itself!
“I wasn’t in there very long,” said Nelson. “With it done in the wrist, I could move around immediately,” he added. He also mentioned that he literally walked off the catheterization table after his angiogram. Not only was he discharged early, he was also able to lessen the nursing costs—making him save more for the holidays!
Because of Nelson’s experience in The Medical City, he was actually granted three things: Significant savings, the advantage of choosing the right doctor and hospital and of course, the success of his angiogram procedure. As it turned out, the doctor’s recommendation was a wonderful Christmas gift after all.
For more information about Transradial Catheterization, you may contact tel. nos. 988-1000 or 988-7000 ext. 6278. To know more about related services of The Medical City Cardiovascular Center, please call 988100 or 9887000 ext. 6314.
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