Skip to comments.George W. Bush Undergoes Heart Surgery
Posted on 08/06/2013 7:07:45 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The office of George W. Bush revealed the former president had heart surgery Tuesday morning.
According to a press release, doctors discovered a blockage in an artery in Bush's heart during the former president's annual physical examination at the Cooper Clinic in Dallas.
Bush agreed to have a stent placed to open the blockage and successfully completed the surgery Tuesday morning without complication at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital.
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Placing a stent is not surgery.
I know. I’m not allowed to change the title though.
So how do they get it in? Through his nose?
It’s surgery because it is an invasive process. It’s not open heart surgery. But cutting into someone is surgery.
Prayers for this good man to have a rapid and complete recovery...and no more problems with this issue! God bless him and Laura!
GW prayer ping!
I had 3 stents implanted a while ago and doing fine. The doctors told my my body had created one of it’s own to bypass a problem. Interesting.
Poppycock. What is your personal definition of surgery?
My sister’s heart “grew a bypass” as well. God created an amazing system, huh?
“But cutting into someone is surgery.”
There is no cutting. The stent is usually inserted by catheter through the groin area, up the artery to the heart.
While I’m personally inclined to agree with you, the last time I had a stent put in they (the Cardiologist, other doc and nurses) said it was a ‘procedure’ and not a ‘surgery’. I’m not sure what the distinction is.
They can call it whatever they want, as long as I’m feeling better when they’re done.
All of that said- it’s not that difficult to go through. Hope he didn’t have a heart attack to put him on the table like a lot of us do.
“Placing a stent is not surgery.”
Indeed. It’s a procedure. But everyone should know by now that reporters don’t actually KNOW anything about what they huff and puff about.
I beg to differ with you...what would you call the procedure?
any time a person is sedated and unaware...it is medically called surgery..I have lived with a heart diseased person for 52 years...a quad bypass, and stents number of times, and now his second defibrillator is implanted...they have come a long way with caring for the heart...how thankful we who have endured this know...
this morning my brother in law just was released from hospital after having two stents implanted...a family of eight males, all with heart disease...inherited from both sides of the family...
we wish GWB the best..he is a strong willed man and will do well..
and we don't know how they did GWB, only the doctors reporting he HAD HEART SURGERY...
No need to cut for one stent (preventative).
It's an invasive,and not fool-proof,procedure.I have a saying that I picked up after having worked in a hospital for 20 years...."minor surgery is surgery done on someone else".
This is a surprise given the former president’s regimen for exercise and outdoor work.
Our neighbor's mom stroked out during an angiogram; left her with very poor vision for the rest of her life.
The worst part is the twelve hours of total immobility following that little groin incision into the artery.
Maybe he was funding that regimen with pork, fat, and bear meat, washed down with dairy products from watered stock.
He should donate blood every eight weeks, on a schedule. Lots of people accumulate cholesterol in their arteries. I give mine away, a pint at a time.
and we don't know how they did GWB, only the doctors reporting he HAD HEART SURGERY...
Catheters for stents usually enter through the groin area. Some doctors call it a percutaneous procedure.
I think the distinction for heart surgery is whether they crack open the chest. There's no reason to open the chest to place a catheter. There are optional entry points in the upper body which are percutaneous, too.
The hospital I worked for was a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital...considered to be one of the best in the world.I can assure you that even at the very best hospitals there's no iron clad guarantee that everything will go right.There are very,very few...if any..."sure things" in medicine.
Been there, done that.
If the cardiologist (or surgeon) finds blockage with an angiogram (imaging procedure), then an option is to implant stents. Often, the doctor will ask for permission to implant stents when an angiogram is done.
A catheter is run to the heart and dyes are injected so that X-rays might see blockage.
During this procedure, the catheter may be used to implant a stent.
Putting a stent in the heart may be dangerous is there is a problem (implanted in wrong area).
Most people are familiar with CABG (pronounced cabbage). Doctors and nurses love to use this term for bypass surgery.
This is the bypass surgery. The CABG stands for Coronary Artery Bypass Graft.
This is the surgery where the chest has to be cracked open and the sternum cut in two.
If a doctor messes up a stent, then a surgery may be necessary to correct that (and that is known to happen).
What opening in the groin is accessed without cutting?
FYI.....just a little bit of experience here! My husband is a heart transplant recipient, three years out. He gets annual full heart physicals at OSU, Ross Heart Hospital. This year, they did the heart cath through his wrist. Some doctors, not all, are now doing stents through the wrist as well. This procedure is so much easier, instead of waiting for the groin to close for hours, it cuts that time by 2/3, far less invasive and heals much quicker.
Think large needle.
I was really suprised to hear that Dubya needed a stent. He’s pretty healthy living. Maybe too much Texas beef?
Pretty sure it is....
Friend of mine had a stent put into the top of her heart to open a blockage.
They opened up her groin and threaded the stent & the item which placed it up thru her body.
She was completely under with general anesthetic and woke up in the recovery room.
If that isn’t surgery, What is???
But cutting into someone is surgery.
There is no cutting. The stent is usually inserted by catheter through the groin area, up the artery to the heart.””’
The definately is an INCISION in the groin area-—they certainly are NOT going in thru the rectum & bowel or thru the bladder & kidney!!!
They have to get to a main artery which passes thru the groin area.
I don’t get where you don’t think this is surgery.
HUH???? I had a deep mole removed and they call THAT surgery.
It is called a surgery because the function was performed by a surgeon instead of a mechanic.
further proof to the noodleheads that both W and Cheney did have hearts after all. ;-]
Really? Is there a porthole there?
Thanks for the ping. Prayers up for him and his family. He may find that he feels better than he has in a long time, without even realizing that he wasn’t feeling as well as he might. I’m glad they found this on a routine physical before it did serious damage.
“...any time a person is sedated and unaware...it is medically called surgery...”
So, my colonoscopy was a surgery?
This year, they did the heart cath through his wrist
...that’s actually quite rare, and even if the decision is through the wrist, the groin area is prepared as well, as the passage to the heart is more direct...
...my stent was deployed six years ago, to open the posterolateral artery which had completely blocked...needlessly I thought, I had to spend a night in the cardiac unit, where they come in every hour on the hour to draw blood, and then say in the morning, ‘Did you get any sleep?’...heh, hospital humor...
Anyone been to the DUmp and see how many threads are hoping he would not survive??
“So how do they get it in? Through his nose?”
Angioplasty.....through a vein in the groin area. I had it done about 15 years ago.
“any time a person is sedated and unaware”
I was wide awake for the three stents that they inserted into my heart. I watched the procedure on the large-screen, real-time x-ray.
“This is a surprise given the former presidents regimen for exercise and outdoor work.”
Do a Google search for “Doctor James Fixx”. Genes are involved, not just health regimen. Someone in his family, even from generations ago, had heart problems.
I consider getting a haircut a ‘surgery’. But that’s just me!
“I was really suprised to hear that Dubya needed a stent.”
“Genes” is the answer. Someone in his family, even generations ago, had heart problems.
This worship of ex-POTUSI has got to end!
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