I recently had a heart catherization and ultimately a stent. In the medical records it states twice "the risks and benefits were discussed" This is furthest from the truth in regards to what the doctor explained to me. He only discussed the procedure and handed us a brochure about
heart catherization and stents. My wife was with me and the risks were never mentioned.
I beleive the medical community needs to have a checklist of the risks so that each patient undertsnad fully. Only then can they make a decison to move forward or seek out the best doctor to administrer the catherization and stent if need be.
I was told I had a 95% blockage. At the time it seemed urgent and without being told of the risks I had the procedure done the same day. I believe 3-4 hours after the consultation. This is more of a fear approach then of respionsible health care.
They should also provide information regarding the doctors experience with catherizations versus their colleagues. This can then help you determine whether you need to seek someone more experience. Especially with a 95% blockage.
Doctors arent God. In some case they act like it and get upset if someone questions them. When it comes to your health you have the right to know all information. I am going to get a second opinion. I beleive the CD they provided me on the procedure doesnt include the mistake of snowplowing debris (calcium blockage) during the procedure or blocking another vessel.
When debris goes into the blood stream it could cause a stroke or worse.