Tag Archives: cardiothoracic surgery

Coronary moments: reflections on the impossible anastomosis

Jason J. Han Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA   Coronary artery bypass surgery The arteries of the heart are called coronary arteries, meaning “of a crown.” Like a crown, they course around and adorn the walls of the heart, keeping it alive with vital nutrients and oxygen.  When these arteries are blocked, the heart starves, causing crushing […]

What about the blood?

W. Roy Smythe Temple, Texas, United States   Red blood cells in a vessel by Jemère Bohnert © 2011 My beeper went off again. I got up out of my seat in the empty hospital cafeteria, walked over to the wall phone and dialed zero. Zero is exactly how much energy I have for anything […]