Technology Comes For The Humble Stethoscope.
Two hundred years ago, a Frenchman invented a tube with which he could listen to heart and lung sounds. This was the first stethoscope. Heart disease is one of the major causes of death throughout the world. Often the abnormalities … Read More
The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same?
Stents are devices designed to hold diseased coronary arteries open to assure that blood flows through them to the heart. Since they were introduced twenty years ago, millions have been implanted. They are big money makers for the cardiologists who … Read More
At Last A Better Heart Attack Screening Tool
Chest pain is one of the most common reasons people to go to the emergency department. Many of these patients are experiencing chest pain having a cardiac origin. Many are not. Unfortunately, up to now there has been no good … Read More
Low-Dose Aspirin Not Always Good for You
If you are a male over 40 years old, your doctor may have told you it’s a good idea to take low-dose aspirin once a day to prevent heart attack and stroke. After all, that’s been the conventional wisdom for … Read More
New Approaches to Heart Disease and Stroke May Be Near.
Although the past twenty years have seen great advances in the treatment of heart disease and stroke, progress has slowed, especially in comparison with the progress which has been made in the treatment of cancer. Heart disease remains the greatest cause … Read More
Hospitals – Ask Before You Go.
I have written often about the importance of being an informed consumer of medical treatment. As we become more connected, more and more information becomes available to consumers to identify doctors with questionable histories and hospitals with less than stellar … Read More
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Cardiac CT Scans Saving Lives – Preventing Medical Malpractice
Cardiac CT scans are an extremely effective diagnostic tool for detecting heart disease in patients presenting with symptoms of heart attack, like chest pain. Failure to diagnose heart attack is one of the leading medical malpractice claims in emergency medicine. That’s because … Read More