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    King Diamond Important Update

    From his Facebook Page: Long Live the King!

    On Monday the 29th of November, King had to be transported to the nearby hospital by ambulance. After several different tests were done and the EKG machine showing abnormalities, the doctors recommended that he get a cardiac catheterization.

    Cardiac catheterization is a procedure where the doctors lead a very thin tube up from the leg and into the heart, where it injects dye into the bloodstream. Then a camera at the end of the tube takes many pictures of the heart's arteries, looking for blockages.

    After this was done, they determined that King had several heart attacks, and three of his heart's arteries were the cause: one was completely blocked, the second was 90% blocked, and the third was 65% blocked.

    The only solution to this was an open heart triple bypass surgery.

    If you are interested in the details of how this surgery is performed, please look it up online. I will only touch on the basics.

    The sternum (breastbone) is cut in half and pulled apart, to expose the heart. Veins are harvested from other places of the body, in King's case it was his left leg and chest wall. The person is then hooked up to a machine that practically does the job of the heart, circulating and oxygenating the blood.

    The heart is then stopped, and the lungs collapse (the lungs stop working since the blood is being oxygenated by the machine). The surgeon then sews the harvested veins in place, bypassing the found blockages. Once the surgery is done, the surgeon moves the ribs and breastbone back into place and wires it together. The chest is closed as well. They use an electric pulse to start the heart and a breathing machine is lead into the lungs to restart breathing.

    King's surgery took approximately 7 hours.

    Everything went well, and King was taken to ICU for recovery. He was walking and eating solid food already 2 days after the operation, and he was the first one in the history of the hospital who walked on his own power from the ICU to normal care. 10 days after the ambulance took him to the emergency room, he is at home and is recovering well. It will be a few months before he feels completely normal and is without pain.

    In light of this, he will be taking a break from music and the music business altogether until further notice.

    He very much wants to write new music, finish the DVDs, and go on tour, but for now, all those things are in the distant future and he's not thinking about them.

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    Sounds like he is out of the woods. Glad to hear it.

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    Did NOT see Triple By-pass as being the end result

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    Wow, hopefully he makes a full recovery. Having family members that have had that done I know it can take a while

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    Very glad to hear his surgery went well, that's some serious shit right there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt View Post
    Very glad to hear his surgery went well, that's some serious shit right there.
    And you'd know from serious shit.

    Glad that the King is on the mend. I'd hate to lose another legend this year. :/

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    So live for today,
    Tomorrow never comes.
    Die young, die young,
    Can't you see the writing in the air?
    Die young, gonna die young,
    Someone stopped the fair.

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    Damn. Glad he's ok!
    "They can kill you, but the legalities of eating you are a bit dicier." - David Foster Wallace

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