Heart Cath Procedure for John Houk

Heart Cath Procedure

June 17, 2012


I am going in for a heart catheterization on Monday morning 6/18/12. I’ll probably get some blog time today but I am not so sure about the next two days. That will depend on the outcome of the procedure.


Here is a simple explanation of the procedure:


Cardiac catheterization (KATH-eh-ter-ih-ZA-shun) is a medical procedure used to diagnose and treat some heart conditions.


A long, thin, flexible tube called a catheter is put into a blood vessel in your arm, groin (upper thigh), or neck and threaded to your heart. Through the catheter, your doctor can do diagnostic tests and treatments on your heart.


For example, your doctor may put a special type of dye in the catheter. The dye will flow through your bloodstream to your heart. Then, your doctor will take x-ray pictures of your heart. The dye will make your coronary (heart) arteries visible on the pictures. This test is called coronary angiography (an-jee-OG-rah-fee).


The dye can show whether a waxy substance called plaque (plak) has built up inside your coronary arteries. Plaque can narrow or block the arteries and restrict blood flow to your heart.


The buildup of plaque in the coronary arteries is called coronary heart disease (CHD) or coronary artery disease.


Doctors also can use ultrasound during cardiac catheterization to see blockages in the coronary arteries. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create detailed pictures of the heart’s blood vessels.


Doctors may take samples of blood and heart muscle during cardiac catheterization or do minor heart surgery.


Cardiologists (heart specialists) usually do cardiac catheterization in a hospital. You’re awake during the procedure, and it causes little or no pain. However, you may feel some soreness in the blood vessel where the catheter was inserted.


Cardiac catheterization rarely causes serious complications. (What is Cardiac Catheterization? National Heart Lung and Blood Institute; January 30, 2012)


For further reading on the heart cath procedure and potential risks CLICK HERE.


That’s it in a nutshell. Typically a harmless procedure that is for diagnosis, roter-rootering the plaque on my arteries and placing a stint in an artery holding it open if the plaque has closed the artery to the point of near blockage. Unless something freakish happens I’ll be home the same day or if stint is place I’ll be home the next day.


Now here is bad news. Stint or not, I have to lay on back not moving even a tidbit even for a bathroom break. If I can’t hold the old water I get to urinate in a bottle.


And here is the really bad news. My Medicare plan only pays about 2/3 or ¾ of my hospital visit and procedure. The hospital business told the actual cost but I only the part that I am expected to pay. That bottom line is $600 bucks. I am on a disability and cannot afford $100 copay and the $70/month payments that were originally offered.


So I did a little dickering and talked the business office down to $40 bucks to enter the hospital and $35/month. That is still rough for my wife and me to make ends meet because we are guardians to three of our grandkids who are sons of my irresponsible youngest step-daughter.


So there is my whine to go with my cheese. If anyone feels prompted to donate toward paying off this heart cath procedure I will be humbly grateful.


At my SlantRight 2.0 and the old SlantRight.com archive site I have PayPal buttons you can use if the prompting occurs. Or you can click this PayPal generated link to donate. Any amount would be appreciated; however I am not trying to defray the costs of my medical bill by guilt. If you are not prompted to donate, please pray for concerning the heart cath procedure and for resources to open up to pay the bill.




John R. Houk


Author: oneway2day

I am a Neoconservative Christian Right blogger. I also spend a significant amount of time of exposing theopolitical Islam.

8 thoughts on “Heart Cath Procedure for John Houk”

  1. that does not sound like fun. You are in my prayers for a swift, complete & permanent recovery both biologically & financially.


  2. Yeah and in socialist-communist-godless countries like Germany with universal health care you would pay nothing for your procedure. But I am sure you would never the less despite a system like that even you would be one to benefit out of it.
    I read some parts of your blog and it is mind-bogging of one sided stand you take on everything that seems just a bit “left” to your world view.
    I bet you never were for example in Europe or even lived there for some time to see that a lot of things are good the way they are. But it is easy to be against something you never experienced first hand.


    1. The truth is European Universal Healthcare is free with a big BUT. I might have been dead waiting my turn for the easy but free procedure in Europe to occur. You are absolutely correct I would participate in any free Universal healthcare if I was in Europe; but like I said I might have died waiting for my turn. And yes I am way Right of Center. And I am quite certain everything Left of my one-sided worldview is a bad view. I have never been to Europe – you are correct. If did go to Europe my Free Speech and Religious Convictions in America would undoubted get me arrested for what is defined as hate-speech on the old continent. I am happy to warn people about Obama’s affection for such a European view and I am ecstatic to protect the Liberty of the American worldview initiated by our Founding Fathers’ wisdom in the Constitution.


      1. Hi John,
        actually I am surprised that you answered my rant (I don’t remember how I got on your blog in the first place while looking for something else) and I am actually glad that you answered, especially in such detail.

        About your point in European Universal Healthcare and waiting for your turn is something I read very often from Conservatives and repeated over and over but sadly it is not true but mere a propaganda. Just read in some forums of US expats living here and how often they are astonished how different the system is to how it is portrayed in some media. I never waited for anything and I don’t know anybody waiting for a procedure, especially not if it is in any kind urgent. And I don’t want to sell the picture of a super-perfect system but just the truth about it. And waiting is not of any concerns I have ever heard of. I can give you some examples how the system really works, who pays what and how to get into a private insurance (yes, you can opt out of universal health care) and what consequences that would have.

        For example:
        If I have for example tooth pain (and if I don’t have a dental doctor chosen yet) I would just open the telephone book or look in the internet, look for some doctor that seems fine, either by name, or where he is or what people write about that doctor. I just call and normally have an appointment in the next 2-3 hours like it happened to me in February this year. And of course I had no copay.
        Or when I got an acute appendix inflammation at my 21th birthday, called the ambulance, went to hospital and 1 hour later I was on the surgery table. I was in hospital for 2 weeks and no copay again. I was then for 4 more weeks written unable to serve (I made my military service at that time) and in that time everybody is entitled to get full pay from work (not just while serving, any work). This is up to 6 weeks, after that the health insurance jumps in to pay 70% of your last income for the next 78 weeks.
        The monthly payment depends on how much you earn. As a student you pay about 60 EUR/month. Now I pay as a Self-employed about 650 EUR/month and it covers me, my wife and any kids if we would have any. That is called a “family insurance” and covers the kids to the age of 26 (27 if served in the military) or when they earn their own money. And that 650 EUR/month is the maximum, more nobody needs to pay whatever his income is.
        If you are without work, the health insurance is for free and paid by the premiums of all others.
        As I talked already to some US Americans I met, it seems to them like a pipe dream and they hardly believe that is sustainable, but for example the Universal Health system in Germany made a win of 16 billion Euros in 2011 and 5 billion Euros in 2012.

        I must admit I don’t know exactly how “Obamacare” is supposed to work and how in detail it would be similar or different to a Universal Healthcare system. But I will try to get more information that I can give a opinion about it.

        Regarding hate-speech, of course I don’t know what you say in public but nothing I read on your blog does qualify even close as hate-speech. But I think it is right to impose that restriction of hate propaganda to free speech. Just take a look at history and the Third-Reich what happens if you let hatred sink in your mind day for day. Nobody wants something like that happen again. It was even imposed from the Allies after WW2 to be included into our constitution. So to answer, yes, hate-speech is forbidden here but the difference is just by the amount when free-speech is limited. And the rest of the world agreed on a wider definition then the US as it is considered incompatible by other rights like the right to life without fear or harassment. And I believe if the founding fathers would live nowadays, they would include that right as they didn’t know yet what history showed to us.
        What I therefor prefer on the US is for example to burn your own flag as expression of free speech. Here the law forbid any dishonor of the flag, hymn or German nation or any foreign flag, country or foreign person of public office. But that is old law still from the time of kings. In my opinion that should be removed from criminal law as some other parts got dropped by the years as not anymore compatible with our constitution.
        Can you give me an example of what you consider would be called hate-speech here that would you get into trouble?

        So, thanks for your time and I hope my English is not too confusing in some sentences.


  3. Frank I have to tell I am one of those Americans that are just incredulous of your claim about the smoothness and effectiveness of Universal Healthcare in Europe. What we are told in America is that the taxation to maintain Universal Healthcare takes a big chunk of our paycheck and/or forces the wealthy to pay an inequable amount of their worth to make up for the poor who do not pay enough to make Universal Healthcare sustainable.

    So could you find out or tell me how European healthcare is financed please? If that answer is as remarkable as the ease you have experienced or gave examples of, then perhaps you have an American convert to European Universal Healthcare.


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