Category Archives: Heart catheterization

Heart catheterization: Strange, but true

It’s a couple of years old, but this post from March, 2008, remains relevant. It details the curious origins of heart catheterization, the procedure that has saved some lives, but also been responsible for the proliferation of unnecessary heart procedures. … Continue reading

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Procedures ‘R Us

Kay came to the office for an opinion. Over the past 8 months, she’d received a stent to the left anterior descending coronary artery and, during a separate procedure, a stent to the left subclavian artery. “My cardiologist was very … Continue reading

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Calculus of the cardiologist

I call this the “calculus of the cardiologist”: Heart procedures = big money More procedures = more big money You do the math. If you do more procedures, you get more money. What if your patients don’t need more procedures? … Continue reading

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Catheterization to “define coronary anatomy”

Gary is an avid jogger. On an average day, he runs 5-6 miles at a good clip. On two occasions recently, however, Gary experienced an ache in his left shoulder at mile 4. It was a toothache-like feeling, but he … Continue reading

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