cardiothoracic

Onto CA-1 Cardiac Anesthesia!

As a first year anesthesia resident, I've already done roughly 10 cases requiring cardiopulmonary bypass (all of which had Swan-Ganz catheters too), but now I'm officially starting my dedicated "cardiovascular" (CV) week. CV physiology and pharmacology...

Finished With Cardiology

It's a cold Wednesday night, and I'm sipping on some hot chocolate while watching the Rockets' basketball game. The last month was a joy - having the opportunity to work with a co-anesthesia-intern to...

First Half of Cardiology

Even though it's the 18th of the month, I'm almost finished with my clinical duties on cardiology because I'll be on my night shifts at the end of this week and have Thanksgiving vacation...

CHF and Coloring

Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a two-part disease: "congestive" and "heart failure." By definition, heart failure means that the heart is unable to pump sufficient quantities of blood to the rest of the body....

Day 2 Of Clinics

Today was my second day of clinics. All I can say is... wow. The hours are long and will take some time to get used to, but it honestly feels like the 1.5 years...

ACLS Certification

Over the weekend, I completed my certification in CPR and advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) through the emergency medicine interest group at Baylor Med. In conventional CPR, you follow the C-A-B protocol: chest compressions, maintaining...

Cardiology Is Cool

While an echocardiogram (ECG) looks like a not-so-impressive barrage of waves on paper, it allows a cardiologist to gain a tremendous deal of insight about a patient's heart. The shape of certain waves and the...

Heart Dissection

Tuesday morning, my anatomy tankmates and I continued our journey through the human body. The next stop brought us to the heart - arguably the most important muscle in the entire body (aside from...

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