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Surprised by the detailed pictures in front of him, the man asked if clots could be ejected. They can’t, Wang told him; What was done was done. But it was necessary to find out where those clots came from or may have occurred again. Such blood clots usually come from either the heart or the arteries that pass from the heart to the brain and eye. A CT performed at the hospital showed his carotid artery. No clots there. They will need to look into the heart. But, Wang said, in up to 40 percent of strokes, the source of clotting has not been found.
The most effective way to see the heart in action is with an echocardiogram, Wang told the man. Most of the time, the resonance will be normal. Nevertheless, if something is visible, it is often important information.
A second stroke is most likely within the first few days. This patient was still inside that window. Wang sent the patient to the emergency room at Yale New Haven Hospital and a note to the doctor on duty. It seemed clear to him that it was indeed an emergency of sorts.
Joshua Hyman was a fourth-year medical student who attended the ER attending physician Drs. Started presenting an ultrasound elective to Karen Zubnik, he suggested that she see this new patient who was there for an echo. Jubani made a quick disclosure of the case to the student. Hyman offered himself to the patient, then asked if it would be alright if he looked at his heart. It would not be an official echo, Hyman told the patient, it was a way for him, a student, to learn.
The patient agreed, and Hyman mounted the heavy machine in a small cubicle. He cut the gel based on the ultrasound probe and placed it a piece of inch below the patient’s left clavicle, placing the sternum in the space between the third and fourth ribs. He was still learning this technique, but he loved the way it could give you information about what’s going on inside a patient’s body and sometimes better about anything. . Typically with the probe in this position, you see the light gray muscles of the two chambers on the left side of the heart squeezing around the black center – this is the best way to see the business side of the heart. Where blood is injected into the bloodstream from the lungs.
Instead what he saw took his breath away. In the middle of the dark pool of blood there was a very bright shiny ball zooming back and forth on the screen with every heartbeat. What was that? Hyman freezes and measures the picture. A normal heart is about the size of a fist. This flapping circle was Kiwi shape.