Hearts on Trial

by Kerry Grens,  TheScientist

For the better part of an hour, the catheterization lab at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills bustles like a restaurant kitchen on a Friday night. Nurses pivot carefully around a table laden with sterile instruments while a trio of physicians fusses over a catheter inserted into the groin of cardiac patient Ken Anderson. On a large screen next to his bed, the video feed from a tiny camera at the tip of the catheter shows the tube passing through Anderson’s vasculature into a coronary artery. Amidst the hubbub, only the patient is still, occasionally answering questions from a nurse about his level of comfort.

All at once, everything stops. The nurses stand still; the doctors stop chatting; all eyes turn to the image of Anderson’s beating heart.  Read the entire story.

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