The Value of Research

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   Posted 6/6/2010 4:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Ah, the Internet. As my favorite android once said, “Thank the Maker!” – C3PO.

This fantastic tool has enabled us regular folk to determine for ourselves the course of our care. Think it hard to believe that a little research can mean the difference between a correct diagnosis and being handed Prozac?

Think again.

I’ll never forget the time I met with the ‘best’ cardiologist in Thousand Oaks. I was determined to finally get to the bottom of my chest pain. I arrived with all of my research in hand. Even though I was to undergo the same battery of tests I had taken before, this time it would be different. This time I had questions for the doctor.

He gave me all of 3 minutes of his time asking vague questions about my chest pain. Generic questions, like, does my pain go away with rest; and, does it hurt when I bend over. Um, duh!

Anyway, the testing began. After several hours enduring an EKG, Chest X-Ray, blood tests, etc., I was told that there is nothing wrong with my heart.

Here is where the research I did came into play.

I asked the doctor if there is a chance that my problem was microvascular in nature. He looked at me incredulously; his expression indicating the gall I must have to question him. Undeterred by his arrogance, I asked a more specific question.

“Do you think it possible that I suffer from Syndrome X?”

His response?

“No; you most certainly do not. You are too young for that”.

Therein lies my point. All cardiologists cannot possibly be familiar with all aspects of heart disease. How could he have known that Syndrome X (microvascular disease) falls to those of a younger age? How could I expect him to know that the tests just completed were originally designed with male patients in mind and are specific in locating problems in the large vessels?

You can’t.

That, my friends, is why you never walk into a doctor’s office without doing your own research.

Rebecca Fortunato

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   Posted 6/7/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello and welcome to HealingWell. I agree it is wise to be your own best advocate however I would also like people to know they alwys have the right to a second, third or however many other opinions from other physicians.

Random reading on the internet may not always provide a person with the information they need.

Finding a cardiologist - the right cardiologist for you - is part of living well with heart disease. You need to have complete trust in your specialist.

Heart disease can rob you of your confidence. Having a good doctor can help you regain not only your health but your confidence too.

Initially, you may be referred by your family or primary care physician or you may be assigned a cardiologist when you present at the hospital with an unexpected heart event.

If the cardiologist has a good reputation and the "chemistry" between you works, you may not need to search any further. But if the fit isn't right, you will want to take some steps to find a good doctor.

I have looked at your blog, very interesting and some good information noted. Thank you for sharing.


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