General Cardiology General Medicine

The BVS Disappearing Stent: Promise, Hype and the Tension Between Progress and Safety

Medicine does not stand still. You want innovation; you want progress. But you also want safety. Millions of patients have coronary stents placed in the arteries supplying blood to the heart. It’s big business. Metal cages placed in the setting of a heart attack can be life saving. In other settings, however, the strongest quality […]

Doctoring Reflection

In the Prime post up over at the Courier-Journal: The difficulty of judging others

Judging other doctors is tough. You are torn. On the one hand, as a member of the profession, it’s hard to read stories of misdeeds of fellow cardiologists and remain neutral. You want to call out the foul. You want to set the record straight. That doctor did wrong. Justice needs to be done. I […]

General Cardiology Healthy Living

Only one heart: Treatment of Coronary Artery Disease in the Real World

Tonight, I am going to stick up for my interventional cardiology friends. These are the good folks who respond immediately (and I mean immediately) when you have a heart attack. They open clogged arteries. Like Jack Nicholson said, “you want these guys on the wall.” Why do I feel the need to take up for […]