Observations from being “the family.”

It’s been a trying week for our family. You learn things when your people need healthcare. It’s an entirely different perspective. I am doctor; I’ve been a patient, but this was the first time being “the family.” Without going into details, (see her guest post), my wife Staci came to need the best that American […]

Blaming the patient…and the philosophy of caring for people with atrial fibrillation

More than a few commenters recently noted something disturbing in my writing. They said my words are increasingly taking a blame-the-patient tone. That bothers me. Of all people, I know about making imperfect health choices. These comments got me thinking about striking the right balance in writing about health, say, between apathy and defeatism, (oh […]

A vacation book review…

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The good thing about vacation is that time off is essential. The bad thing is the reentry, which, lately, is harried enough to induce arrhythmia. Almost. Thankfully, I made it through the reentry week and now sit in peace on Saturday morning with my MacBook. I thought I would tell you a little about my […]

Mother’s Day…2014

As I return home from the Heart Rhythm Society sessions in San Francisco this Mother’s Day, I got to thinking about my mom. Here I am, a cardiac electrophysiologist, a doctor. I’m traveling to meetings, learning to write commentary, making friends with colleagues across the globe. How did this happen? Surely with great luck, but, […]

Struggling with the (relative) value of humanistic medical care –

I just arrived in San Francisco. I am here for the 2014 Heart Rhythm Society sessions. The meeting begins today. A poster session this evening is overflowing with notable studies. Stay tuned. I’ll be working hard for theheart.org to bring you the best stories. First, though, here’s a little appetizer. On the eve of the […]

Atrial fibrillation and philosophy…

Patterns. As a doctor, you learn to see patterns. Biologists call the patterns of organisms phenotype–as opposed to genotype, the genetic makeup. For twenty years, I have observed the phenotypes (patterns) of people afflicted with AF, and have come to believe, and data are beginning to confirm, that the disease doesn’t just happen. It’s not […]

Vacation Time

It does look like a long swim

Hey all, The Mandrola family Spring break this year coincided with the American College of Cardiology 2014 Scientific Sessions. We are on a college tour in California. The cardiology community is in Washington DC. If you are interested in following ACC news, I’d recommend my colleagues and friends over at theHeart.org | Medscape/Cardiology. The ACC […]