My 86 yr. old mother had Rheumatic Fever as a child and apparently her doctor said she may have sustained some heart valve damage. This diagnosis was made in the 1970s. For a few weeks, she went to a cardiologist had some kind of injection with a long needle inserted into her chest. Ever since then, nothing else was done, nor did my mother agree to any more procedures. Another doctor a few years back, suggested she see a cardiologist because of angina pains, which she did. A few years ago, she was in the hospital for something unrelated to her heart. One early evening when I went to visit my mother, her cardiologist was standing at her bedside. Then he told me he wanted to speak privately with me. He told me my mother needed surgery ASAP or she would die. I said the nurses said her vitals were fine and they never had said anything about her needed immediate heart surgery. He became very agitated and blunt with me. He said either I tell my mother that she needs the surgery, or he wasn't sure he could continue to be my mother's cardiologist! I told him I would have to think about it. After he left I did some serious checking and questioning with the staff. Another doctor came in to see me and told me my mother was fine and did not need heart surgery! So the next day, I proceeded to call the cardiologist and surgeon and he could not be reached. A few days later, I read in my local newspaper that this surgeon had gone berserk, speeding through town as the police were hot on his tail. Apparently his sister had been killed in a car accident previously, and the stress and grief had become too much for him. He was later receiving psychiatric care and moved out of the state. While I can have sympathy for anyone losing a family member, I find it very difficult to have sympathy for this surgeon because he put my mother's life at risk by advising that she have immediate surgery. Imagine this surgeon operating on my mother while he was in that frame of mind. It's disturbing and frightening to think what could have happened. Always do research and always ask questions. Never take a surgeon's immediate word for it until you've appeased your curiosity and concerns. Remember that surgeons are human, too and they sometimes make mistakes. Just the same, they're are many good surgeons out there who have saved many lives. I had a hunch that night in the hospital that something wasn't right. I'm glad my "radar" was working. Otherwise, my mother probably wouldn't be alive today. She's doing great and obviously didn't need that surgery.