ICDs are not insurance policies…

Although this study did not make headlines, its findings jumped off the page of the 566 page supplement listing all of HeartRhythm 2010’s abstracts.  The presentation, from a Harvard group, revealed more sobering news on the risks of ICD implantation.  Enlightenment on ICD complications was hidden away in this study that primarily looked at something […]

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Think critically about treatment recommendations: The H1N1 example…

Patients are asking me about the H1N1 vaccine. Usually, as a “one more thing” question at the tail end of a visit. This question churns the angst machine. The face twists in unknowing. It doesn’t have to be so bad. Could just give the party line and say, “get the shot.” Have a nice day […]

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Misinformation in medicine is really bad…

The editor in chief of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, (aka: JACC, the leading cardiology journal) has written an opinion statement concerning end of life care. He discusses a clear cut case of an elderly patient who is dying from advanced heart disease. He appropriately describes the transitioning of life prolonging treatment […]