Forced to cut short an email correspondence with Reader_Iam late Wednesday night with the message, "You'll have to excuse me, but I need to go to the ER right NOW," I had no idea that I was about to give a noted cardiologist one of the thrills of his life, watching a cardiovascular spasm from the inside of the descending left ventricle. (As the heart catheter camera was what brought about that particular spasm, I have a sneaking suspicion that he might have repeated the experience once or twice before moving on to check other parts of my heart.)
The spasms began Wednesday morning and occurred with increasing frequency and pain as the night wore one. I'm not quite sure the ER staff believed me as, each time I reported one was occurring, by the time they wheeled the EKG machine in and connected it, the espisode was over. Fortunately, one of them happened to be looking at the routine vital signs monitor while others were getting the EKG machine, and what she saw got everyone's attention. After that, it was on to the heart ward for an angiogram which revealed no damage or restricted arteries. A calcium-blocker has been prescribed to prevent the spasms recurring and seems to be doing the job (although giving me a persistent headache).