|Laura Update 9
||[Apr. 2nd, 2009|06:23 pm]
Good news - after waiting around from 11 until 4:30, they finally got Laura into the Cath Lab for their precautionary look. And it everything looked good. What a huge relief.|
Earlier today we got a better explanation of the timeline of events of her heart attack.
During her first catheterization, in the dye-pumping, diagnosis phase, a small dissection of her right coronary artery was immediately visible. They're pretty sure that obstruction, plus a small plaque, clot or whatever caused the heart attack.
Now comes the multiple choice part:
1) Either the full length of the dissection only became visible as the dye progressed and thinned, or
2) The extra pressure caused by the dye injection, which is similar to the extra pressure caused by moderate-to-strong exercise, caused the dissection greatly expand.
They're not sure, and it really doesn't matter. If the dye injection caused the dissection's expansion, then it was going to happen during her coronary rehab regime, about a month or two down the road. Better it happened during the procedure, where they could repair it on the spot, than later, when it could have killed her.
Right now we're back in the CCU. I'm not sure if we're here for the night yet. Laura's sleeping. Hopefully, they'll bring some dinner for her soon.