I asked P. L. C. whether the test was painful, and how much the testing cost, and here was his response.
The there was no pain from the catheters being inserted or removed in the Left Descending Artery (LAD) or the Right Coronary Artery (RCA). There was only a slight prick from the needles for the local anesthesia in the groin area, where the catheters were inserted. I was awake during the entire procedure, could see the catheters on the x-ray screen being inserted in the femoral arteries and was requested at times to take a deep breath. A medicated cobalt chromium stent was implanted in the LAD, and a catheter was inserted in the RCA to keep it from collapsing/open during the procedure.
1. Insert intracoronary stent (Guidant cobalt chromium stent) in LAD ----$1,354.15
2. Left heart catheterization professional charge ---- 314.66
3. Insert precut device ---- 309.75
4. Injection for coronary x-rays ---- 73.53
5. Injection for heart x-rays ---- 43.11
6. Emergency dept visit ---- 900.00
7. Rhythm ecg. report ---- 54.00
8. Chest x-ray ---- 28.00
9. Electrocardiogram reports ---- 150.00
Pharmacy, Intensive Care, Supplies, Operating Room, Laboratory,
Cardiology, Diagnostic Rad, Emergency Room, EKG/ECG ----$99,989.40.
Should some studies be under consideration the prescribed medications being taken in conjunction are/were;
PLAVIX----75mg 1-a day
COREG-----6.25mg 1/2 - twice a day
ALTACE--- 2.5mg 1-a day=20
ASPIRIN ---375mg 1- a day
NITROQUICK Patch .4mg 12hrs daily
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J. P. C
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