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Beauty in the Heart

Damien Nguyen, MD1, Thomas Nguyen, MD2, José Castro Rodriguez, MD3, Brugmann University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium

Damien Nguyen, MD1, Thomas Nguyen, MD2, José Castro Rodriguez, MD3, Brugmann University Hospital, Brussels, Belgium

A 49-year-old man presented with chest pain. The patient had diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and had undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery the year prior. Non ST-elevation myocardial infarction was diagnosed. The patient was sent for a coronary angiogram that showed a permeable graft and two significant lesions of the marginal arteries that were treated with balloon angioplasty. During the procedure, the workhorse guidewire’s tip spontaneously took the beautiful shape of a beating heart (Figure/Video 1). This picture reminds us of the little wonders that we still can see in our everyday practice, even in this time of a pandemic — but only if we are looking for them. 

1Resident; 2Attending; 3Head of Department, Brugmann University Hospital, Cardiology

The authors can be contacted via Dr. Damien Nguyen at damien.nguyen@ulb.be