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I touched a beating heart tonight.

musemcnamee:

jewsee-medicalstudent:

Would you like to be awake while having open-heart surgery?
This is the astonishing picture of Swaroup Anand, a 23-year-old patient that went under the knife in Bangalore at Wockhardt Hospital while he was still very much awake. Doctors chose to numb his body with an epidural to the neck rather than send him to sleep with general anaesthesia. 
Lead surgeon Dr Vivek Jawali, said they had performed more than 600 operations this way since 1999. Speaking from his hospital in India, he said: “There has been a huge effort in recent times to make heart surgery less invasive. This can be done in two ways. Firstly smaller cuts can be made and this is helped with modern technology and robotics. Secondly we are trying to interfere as little as possible with the body’s natural functions.”
"The patients are given a mild sedative rather than being knocked out - this drops their heart rate but means they can respond to commands. The patients are drowsy so they can be aroused but are also able to drift into sleep,” Dr Jawali said. “If we need them to cough or breathe more deeply to clear air from their heart they can respond. This makes the procedure a lot easier to perform.”
(Read more).

Holy fuck and he is on bypass. Fucking amazing. My mind is blown. 

Love.

musemcnamee:

jewsee-medicalstudent:

Would you like to be awake while having open-heart surgery?

This is the astonishing picture of Swaroup Anand, a 23-year-old patient that went under the knife in Bangalore at Wockhardt Hospital while he was still very much awake. Doctors chose to numb his body with an epidural to the neck rather than send him to sleep with general anaesthesia. 

Lead surgeon Dr Vivek Jawali, said they had performed more than 600 operations this way since 1999. Speaking from his hospital in India, he said: “There has been a huge effort in recent times to make heart surgery less invasive. This can be done in two ways. Firstly smaller cuts can be made and this is helped with modern technology and robotics. Secondly we are trying to interfere as little as possible with the body’s natural functions.”

"The patients are given a mild sedative rather than being knocked out - this drops their heart rate but means they can respond to commands. The patients are drowsy so they can be aroused but are also able to drift into sleep,” Dr Jawali said. “If we need them to cough or breathe more deeply to clear air from their heart they can respond. This makes the procedure a lot easier to perform.”

(Read more).

Holy fuck and he is on bypass. Fucking amazing. My mind is blown.

Love.

biomedicalephemera:

Renal connections to the urinary system and the vessels of the hepatic parenchyma

[Remember: RenalKidney and Hepatic Liver]

The liver, like most organs, has a stroma, which is the connective tissue that provides structure, and a parenchyma, which is the functional part of the organ.

The parenchyma of the liver is highly vascularized, and hepatocytes form lobules (the filtering units) in hexagonal groups, centered around a central vein. These veins, arteries, and bile ducts (leading to and from the gall bladder -  the balloon seen in the bottom center of the image) facilitate the processing of foods and toxins from the intestines.

In general, the liver is extremely good at its job - paired with the kidneys’ ability to filter the general blood supply, we’ve evolved to process almost all environmental and ingested toxins that are presented to us in our day-to-day lives. After all, we could never have eaten raw meat and survived on dirty roots for most of our evolutionary history without that.

While some conditions, such as cirrhosis and renal failure inhibit our ability to process environmental toxins, adding “detoxification” scams to what your body has to process can actually harm, more than help. There are already established and effective medical procedures and diets for those with genuine organ troubles.

Anatome quartum renovata. Thomae Bartholini, 1684.

stabmeow:

aplacebothwonderfulandstrange:

hamishmash:

spankzilla85:

I LOVE THIS BOOK SO HARD.

Aww I’m glad you like it!!

God-Zine-La is still out now and available to order from my online store and also in Orbital Comics, London!

http://hamishsteele.bigcartel.com/product/god-zine-la

I want this book….

ordered this, can’t  wait to get it!

punkphantom:

malformalady:

A man after a successful heart transplant, holding his old, diseased heart

metal as fuck

punkphantom:

malformalady:

A man after a successful heart transplant, holding his old, diseased heart

metal as fuck

cynicallys:

brodways:

lungs-in-situ:

The chordae tendineae, or heart strings, are cord-like tendons that connect the papillary muscle to the tricuspid valve and the mitral valve in the heart. 


arent these the tendons that when they break your heart stops and that’s how you can literally die from a broken heart?

cynicallys:

brodways:

lungs-in-situ:

The chordae tendineae, or heart strings, are cord-like tendons that connect the papillary muscle to the tricuspid valve and the mitral valve in the heart. 

arent these the tendons that when they break your heart stops and that’s how you can literally die from a broken heart?

naloxonebiteparamedic:

emt-monster:

A transplanted heart does not respond to atropine
This is because atropine affects the vagus nerve (parasympathetic innervation of the heart), not the heart itself.
Since a transplanted heart is not connected to the recipient’s nerves, atropine will have limited or no effect on the donor heart. Neither will vagal stimulation like Valsalva maneuvre or carotid massage
Eventually however, there may be some regeneration of nervous innervation to the new heart; mostly sympathetic, but also parasympathetic nerves. In that case, atropine might work.
But the treatment of choice in hemodynamically significant bradycardia in heart recipients, is pacing (according to ACLS guidelines).


Found this hanging around on my wall, check it out guys.

naloxonebiteparamedic:

emt-monster:

A transplanted heart does not respond to atropine

This is because atropine affects the vagus nerve (parasympathetic innervation of the heart), not the heart itself.

Since a transplanted heart is not connected to the recipient’s nerves, atropine will have limited or no effect on the donor heart. Neither will vagal stimulation like Valsalva maneuvre or carotid massage

Eventually however, there may be some regeneration of nervous innervation to the new heart; mostly sympathetic, but also parasympathetic nerves. In that case, atropine might work.

But the treatment of choice in hemodynamically significant bradycardia in heart recipients, is pacing (according to ACLS guidelines).

Found this hanging around on my wall, check it out guys.

The extremely foxy engndriver encouraged me to post 6 selfies from the enormity of time and to ask 6 people I find lovely to do the same.

Andrew, Z, Macks, Laura, Ivory, Jane, I need your faces in my life. Help Me!

Edit: oh, and btw going through iPhoto totally netted me a top six nudes too, but that seems like a totally different game!

Song Reader crystallizes the maturation of the white indie set to the new ruling class—an arc traced by Beck’s own career. This is a world of people who are mellow, organized, emotive within reason, a little retro, and graced with just a zest of modernity.

Mike Powell reviews Song Reader, which features artists including Jarvis Cocker, Jack White, and Jeff Tweedy interpreting songs from Beck’s sheet music project from 2012. (via pitchfork)

The subtle damnation in this quote is more obvious if you start it about two lines earlier, including the previous sentence and a half, which follows:

At some point describing the project becomes a Russian nesting doll of branding and attribution, brought to you by someone in conjunction with someone else for the benefit of yet someone else. Between [Warby] Parker, McSweeney’s, and the album’s lineup itself…

This is not a positive review:

Though the cause behind Song Reader is vital, the album is mealy, governed by some strange centripetal force that manages to pull a group of otherwise interesting artists toward a mean of midtempo Americana and light roots music.

And its reasons for the light condemnation in this 4.5/10 review seem like good ones to me, even though I haven’t heard the album yet. I’m not exactly delighted at the idea that the new Beck record is bad (I used to love the guy… I still kinda do), but I do like that Mike Powell is pointing fingers in the right directions in this review.

(via andrewtsks)

Review was a great read. I’ve never had huge feelings about Beck, but he was spectacular at Coachella this year.