Monday, January 10, 2011

1 in 5 Heart Implants Questionable

According to many news sources, a research study at Duke University conducted by Dr. Sana Al-Khatib states that one in five heart defibrillators may be implanted for questionable reasons. According to the study, there may not be solid evidence that implanted devices actually help.

The study which appeared in the Journal of The American Medical Association examined almost 112,000 patient between 2006 and 2009.

Surgery to implant defibrillators costs thousands of dollars according to the researchers which raises questions about money that is being wasted.

We in this country need to move away from the paradigm that surgery and medication is the only way to take care of ourselves. If all of these medical procedures and medications were so effective, we would be a much healthier society. However health care costs are skyrocketing out of control and we are no more healthy than we were many decades ago.

There is good money to be made by the medical establishment and one needs to question things. Yes, you can take the easy way out and have surgeries and medication treatments but in the end, you will most likely not have solved the core issue behind the condition. The medical establishment only makes a profit when they get people to believe that they hold the answers in these expensive health care treatments.

Further Reading
  • JAMA - Journal of American Medical Association Published Study
  • MSNBC - 1 in 5 Heart Implants Questionable
  • Yahoo News - 1 in 5 Heart Implant Defibrillators Questionable
  • CBS News - 1 in 5 Heart Implant Defibrillators Questionable
  • Merck Source Health News - 1 in 5 Heart Implant Defibrillators Questionable

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