tastes so good

21 Sep

I thought only pathologists compared their specimens to edible substances.  Apparently cardiologists do as well.  I’m not sure I’m ever going to be able to look at a Thomas’ English Muffin without thinking Left Ventricular Noncompaction, a banana without thinking Asymmetric Septal Hypertrophy, or a double-scoop ice cream come without thinking Restrictive Cardiomyopathy.

Today we also learned about broken heart syndrome, which, by the way, is supposed to look like an “octopus trap” (because we come in contact with so many of those on a regular basis) on an echo.  A strong, often sudden emotional stress, like the death of a loved one or a break-up, triggers an excess of catecholamine release, creating a weakening of the heart muscle.  On an EKG, it literally looks as though the person is having a heart attack.  More women are reported to experience this phenomenon than men.  Disheartening, no?

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8 Responses to “tastes so good”

  1. Don Kotowski September 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm #

    Asymmetric Septal Hypertrophy is the worst food on the planet!!! On a more important note, cardiology sounds interesting! I guess broken hearts really do affect you more than emotionally!

    • annaojesus September 22, 2011 at 8:24 am #

      Indeed! They are the worst! If some prof ever compares a pathology to chocolate mousse, I’ll be screwed!

  2. Grace September 21, 2011 at 8:52 pm #

    Ugh… I wasn’t able to eat Ramen Noodles after fetal pig disection day I’m high school. although that’s not really a loss. Sorry about your English Muffins!

    • annaojesus September 22, 2011 at 8:24 am #

      Haha! Awesome…well, English muffins are no real loss, since they have yet to make them gluten free 😉

      Sent from my iPhone

    • Grace September 23, 2011 at 10:10 am #

      Just noticed that said “I’m high school” I should really not try to comment on blog posts on my phone. I never notice the autocorrect until it’s too late. sigh.

      • annaojesus September 23, 2011 at 8:21 pm #

        ha! adorable!

  3. kathleen September 23, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    somehow i am overwhelmed and charmed by your unintentional pun: “disheartening” hehe. (ineedtogetoutmore)

    • annaojesus September 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

      Haha, it was actually intentional, and I’m tickled pink that you like it ;). Cannot wait to see you in two months!!!

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