Worry Not My Heart

Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Joe’s dad had a heart attack and died at age 45
So Joe thought when he got to the same age, he wouldn’t be alive
He worried and fretted and put his heart in overdrive
And wouldn’t you know it, at age 45, his health took a dive

Eating for Good Health

Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Have you ever wondered what one serving looks like? Using everyday objects as a guide when dishing up food will help you greatly!


Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Tracey was transported from her hospital room to the radiology suite where she was going to get a PICC line (a secure IV line). While moving from her gurney to the radiology bed, she had a sudden cardiac arrest.

Player or Prayer?

Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Where will LeBron James go?
The fans want to know.
TV cameras go to and fro
While LeBron puts on a show.
As the world is mesmerized with the dough
He will reel in, and oh
By the way, destination Cleveland, Ohio.

Clap Along and Self Medicate

Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI

John’s heart rate was on the rise. I asked him to lie on the patient’s table and take ten deep breaths slowly, and his heart rate dropped from 125 to 105 beat per minute. “John, your heart rate is up, it’s like you’re jogging while you’re resting. You don’t look nervous. What’s bugging you, bud?”

I’m Happy, Right?

Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Bonnie had no apparent risk factors for coronary artery disease, but had a major heart attack. Her blood pressure and cholesterol levels were normal. She never smoked and had no family history of premature coronary artery disease. At the age of 42, she ended up in the cardiac cath lab, needing a stent to save her life.

Pink Elephants

Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI

Just saw Jed, a 78 years old kind gentleman, who was admitted to the hospital with “an elephant sitting on my chest.” When I asked him if the elephant was pink, he smiled and said, “Not sure about the color, Doc, but it weighed a ton!” Jed was no rookie to heart problems; he’d had 2 bypasses in the past and several stents to keep the new grafts open.

I Cried Anyway

Written by Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI Wednesday, 26 February 2014 15:12

My patient was so proud of the “title” I had given him: I called him, “Bud.” On the day of his funeral, his daughter said, “My dad was so touched by your love, he would say, ‘My Doc calls me ‘bud,’ he calls me ‘bud’!’ Dr. K, he loved you!” I knew all this. I cried anyway.
I met Sid on my cardiac catheterization table when he was 80, about 10 years ago, when we almost lost him as he was having a massive heart attack. One stent opened up his heart artery and changed his life.

A Seal-Like Cough Wakes up Love

Written by Samuel A. Kojoglanian, MD, FACC, FSCAI Friday, 31 January 2014 14:47

It was 2 a.m. and my patient was sound asleep when he heard a cough coming from one of the bedrooms. He tried to tell himself it was just a bad dream, but the cough became louder. He stumbled out of bed and walked in the darkness only to find his 13-year-old son on the hallway floor gasping for air. Lights on.  Peace gone. Horror dead-on. Terror has dawned. His son was turning blue and would not respond. “Son, wake up, son come back… am I losing you?”