Posts Tagged ‘prognosis’

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February 19th, 2013

‘So, Doctor, How Bad Is It?’

While on my Electrophysiology rotation, I was asked to interrogate an ICD of a patient who had received a shock from her device the night prior to admission. I performed the interrogation, confirmed that it was an appropriate shock for VT, noting that multiple appropriate shocks had occurred in the preceding months. As I was […]


December 10th, 2010

Heart Failure Death Statistics: Don’t Believe What You Read on the Internet

Well-known science journalist Mary Knudson is the author of HeartSense, a blog about heart failure, from which the following post is taken. In this post, she takes issue with the grim and outdated prognosis data presented to the public by a prominent heart failure website. In its website section on heart failure facts, the Heart Failure Society of America […]