At this point, you’ve probably already heard that President George W. Bush had an angioplasty yesterday. So now would be the perfect time to talk about what an angioplasty is.
So what exactly is an angioplasty? It’s a good question. Or, as they say in Spanish, Una buena pregunta, which kind of sounds like it translates to “A good pregnancy.” But it doesn’t. It just translates to “A good question,” which brings us back to the question at hand: What exactly is an angioplasty?
Where do I even begin?
It’s probably best to start at the beginning. The beginning of the definition of angioplasty.
So here we go. Angioplasty.
The fact is, I really don’t know what an angioplasty is. You see, my specialty is in urology, so I never had to “take the angioplasty course,” as we doctors like to say. But I do know it has something to do with the heart and a medical device called a stint. Stent. Yes, I believe it’s called a stent. But I wouldn’t put money on that.
At this point, you’re probably asking yourself, “Do only republicans get angioplasties?” It’s a good pregunta, but the answer is (probably) no. Angioplasties (probably) have no politics. And (probably) neither should we. We can (probably) learn a lot from angioplasties!
But let’s put the politics of angioplasties behind us and, instead, return to its definition. I just Googled “angioplasty” and here’s what it means, according to Wikipedia:
“Angioplasty is the technique of mechanically widening narrowed or obstructed arteries, the latter typically being a result of atherosclerosis. An empty and….”
So there you have it. Angioplasties. How does that last sentence in the definition above end? I don’t know. I didn’t actually click on the Wikipedia link. I just read the copy under the search result. You see, I don’t have time to click on links. I’m a doctor.
Nevertheless, if there’s one thing we can learn from this George W. Bush episode, it’s this: We should all get preventative stints/stents right now, so we don’t ever have to worry about narrowed or obstructed arteries in the future. It just makes sense.
Or maybe it doesn’t.
Honestly, I don’t know. I’m a urologist.