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Suzanne Simpson: One Woman’s Heart – Part Two


Heart TransplantSuzanne decided it was time to get a complete physical.  She was having trouble catching her breath.

Climbing the stairs was too difficult.  “Maybe I’m just a little out of shape” she thought.

Her doctor said, “the EKG doesn’t look good” and ordered another round of tests.  He scheduled her for an echocardiogram, ultra-sound and more.  When the nurses had her all hooked up, they told her to sit down.

“We’ll be right back” they said.

When the nurses returned, they told Suzanne they weren’t going to go through with the tests.  They had seen something that bothered them, and called her doctor.  He wanted her to see a cardiologist immediately.

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Consumer Reports says Unnecessary Medical Care that can be Hazardous to Your Health and Your Wallet


Five Examples Culled From the Choosing Wisely Campaign  

Consumer ReportsYonkers, NY – When should patients say “Whoa!” to their doctors?  Consumer Reports has some answers in a new follow-up report to the Choosing Wisely campaign launched in April by the ABIM Foundation.

The coalition of nine physician groups compiled lists of “Five Things Physicians and Patients Should Question” to represent each doctor group.  It’s been estimated that up to 30 percent of health care in the U.S. is unnecessary. «Read the rest of this article»

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