ST. CATHARINES, Ont. ─ It was a relatively common procedure done with a unique twist.
Gordon Reidís angioplasty was broadcast live on the Internet Thursday morning from Niagara Health Systemís St. Catharines, Ont., site.
The procedure that restored proper blood flow around his heart was textbook. The angioplasty performed by Dr. Jaffer Syed cleared the blockage in an artery and left a stent in there to keep that artery open.
Reid, who was awake and at times smiling during the procedure, walked out of the operating room and was scheduled to return home Thursday afternoon.
Still, Reid said, he isn't anxious for a return hospital visit.
"I feel great," he said, walking out of the operating room with Syed at his side.
"It was amazing, but I'd rather not do it again."
Dr. Jaffer Syed, interventional cardiologist, places a stent in Gordon Reid's artery during a procedure at the St. Catharines Hospital on Thursday, May 15, 2014. Julie Jocsak/ St. Catharines Standard/ QMI Agency
For the past month, Reid lived with a time bomb in his chest.
Routine medical tests showed he had high cholesterol. Further examination found the 70-year-old Beamsville, Ont., man had two blocked arteries in his chest. The blockages were so serious, doctors ordered Reid to take things easy because a heart attack could strike at any time.
Two weeks ago, Syed, an interventional cardiologist, put a stent into one artery, restoring blood flow.
On Thursday, he performed the procedure on Reid for a second time to address the other blockage.
Reid arrived at the hospital with his wife, Pamela, before 7 a.m. Within the hour, Reid was in a hospital gown and prepped for the operation.
The procedure, done in the Niagara Health System's heart investigation lab, took about an hour to complete. QMI Agency journalists watched the operation from start to finish, offering live coverage.
Working with a team of nurses and technicians, Syed inserted a wire into Reid's arm that travelled through his arteries. Dye that was injected into the arteries showed up on a real-time X-ray display, revealing how Reid's blood was flowing and where the blockage was.
On the display, the blockage appeared as a pinched-off area in the artery, preventing the blood from moving through.
A special balloon was then attached to the wire and inflated inside the artery, crushing the blockage. A stent -- basically a chicken wire-like frame -- was put in the artery, keeping it open.
Syed then wanted to check on how the first stent he put in was doing.
While he found it was working, the doctor noticed possible blockage in another artery, but determined it didnít needed medical intervention.
Syed said he was very happy with the results of the procedure.
While Reid watched the procedure on the monitor used by Syed and the medical team, his wife waited in the recovery area.
"It was a hard hour," Pamela Reid said. "But I am glad he is getting the care he needs."
Reid said he wasn't nervous going into the heart lab, having been through the procedure once already.
"These people are professionals," he said. "They take really good care of you, they explain everything. Honestly, the procedure itself is calming."