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New skills in ACS : Lessons from a foolish resident and an Intelligent consultant !


New skills in ACS : Lessons from a foolish resident and an Intelligent consultant !

A brief conversation between an elite consultant and his fellow. (Caution: Grade 2 harsh language) 

Hey Doc, why is this guy’s name not found in today’s angiogram list? Any Insurance issues?

No sir, he has every requirement. Thrombolysis was very successful, ST has regressed well and it is nearly isoelectric and only T is inverted. His LV function is normal. In fact, I am not able to pick up any WMA.

Aren’t you aware, that being fine is never a contraindication for a PCI ? Which book teach you like that?

No sir, It’s already beyond 48 hrs sir. What is the purpose of knowing IRA status now? If it is open, well and good.If it is partially closed, again little to gain, right? 

Don’t expose your Ignorance. … haven’t you heard of the pharmaco-invasive strategy & open artery hypothesis. Always learn to respect science.

But sir, then why does late PCI of IRA in otherwise stable patients come under class 3 recommendation, if I understand the guidelines correctly, it is a contraindication, am I, right sir? But, this patient got stabilized by us still, why he is compelled to undergo another procedure exposing and adding further risk?  

That shows your immaturity. Doing an angiogram is never forbidden. It is the inappropriate late revascularisation of IRA that is the issue.

 Agreed sir, how confident are we, that we will stop just with an angiogram after visualizing a tempting lesion in either IRA or non-IRA? (My brief experience as a fellow doesn’t tell a fair story) 

 Now, you are trespassing into prohibited non-academic zones of cardiology practice. Instead, talk about FFR, OCT, multivessel angioplasty, and ( deferred or instant ) complete revascularization. Think like a true scientist don’t get spoiled at a young age in your career with all this ethical stuff. 

Final message 

Never allow an ACS to stabilize by medical management, if he is otherwise eligible and affordable for a procedure. You are not authorized to do that. 



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