Triple bypass surgery, open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, the treadmill test, the stress echocardiogram - all are fancy medical terms for similar experiences which hundreds of thousands of patients endure with each passing day. Indelibly etched in our memory is that picture of a man in the intensive care unit with intractable pain - or of the grieving widow comforted in the family waiting room by close friends. The story of bypass surgery is a tale woven from many threads - procrastination, promise, and pain Dr. Lowthian describes for you the events leading up to his first-hand encounter with sudden death. As the scenario unfolds, preparations for this major surgery run the gamut from procrastination to prayer - from enemas to ultrasounds. The doctor's profile in that skimpy hospital gown and his walking tour deep into the back rooms in the bowels of the hospital are eye openers for the uninitiated.
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