Thursday, January 19, 2012

A whole lotta heart: man with two hearts survives double seizures

             Good Day Humboldt County!

  Today’s revelation, at least to me, is that a person can have two hearts. Did you know that?

I’m reminded of Dean R. Koontz’s Frankenstein series where all of his creations have two hearts. It make them stronger in the book, but I doubt it has the same effect on this guy.

Turns out two hearts can be double trouble. I was thinking about some really silly situations like when you fall in love with two hearts it must be a powerful experience, or when someone says, “I don’t have the heart for this,” you could say, “That’s alright. Use the other one!”

I’ve never met someone with two hearts. I’ve met people with no hearts (seemingly) and big hearts. Anyway, I thought you might find this story interesting.  

                                         Man with two hearts survives double-sized attack

“At first there didn’t seem to be anything unusual about the man who, in 2010, reported to a Verona, Italy emergency room. He was short of breath, sweating, and had low blood pressure – cardiovascular trouble, no doubt. E.R. doctors see similar symptoms all the time.

But this man was very different indeed. He had two hearts. “We haven’t ever seen anything similar to this case before,” Dr. Giacomo Mugnai said in an email. It turned out that a few years earlier, the man had undergone a procedure known as a heterotopic heart transplant. Unlike an orthotopic transplant, in which one organ is removed and another put in its place, a heterotopic transplant pairs a new organ with a diseased one.”

Time to walk on down the road…

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