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Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation...

Avoid Johns Hopkins and teaching hospitals in general. Catheter ablation for afib is riskier and less effective than advertised. You don't want to a learning instrument from some trainee: http://collateral- damage.net  (Sep 3, 2014 | post #1)

Cardiology

Be careful at teaching hospitals ...

Anyone who thinks teaching hospitals don't treat their patients like lab rats need to read this ... http://collateral- damage.net/hugh-ca lkins-on-death-by- ablation/  (May 31, 2013 | post #1)

Cardiology

KevinMD post on Catheter Ablation for Afib...

The safety data behind this ablation catheter: "Despite the lack of autopsy data on those who died so that others could make a killing, the Chilli Cooled-Tip catheter was approved..." Excerpt from "Collateral Damage: A Patient, a New Procedure and the Learning Curve" http://bit.ly/18qQ hZc  (May 28, 2013 | post #1)

Cardiology

The truth about catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation:

It is appropriate and effective for some people, but you must do your research, because it is a corporate-driven procedure that is riskier and less effective than advertised: http://collateral- damage.net  (May 14, 2013 | post #1)

Cardiology

Catheter Ablation for Atrial Fibrillation ...

The evolution of catheter ablation for afib ... Here in the states, local newspapers have been running stories about new clinics that are now offering catheter ablation for afib. A prime example of great PR in the Deseret News from Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011: The headline alerts readers that “Racing, fluttering or sluggish pulse may be arrhythmia” Luckily, if your pulse is sluggish there’s a solution: “The most common fix to heart rhythm problems is a procedure called an ablation. Ablations are done by inserting a catheter into specific areas on the body that then read the heartbeat… Ablations usually cure the problem all together. There are no incisions involved with an ablation and the patient can leave after a day or two with just a couple band-aids.” Ablations usually cure the problem all together.. A couple of band-aids.. It's all part of the big corporate PR push that has been exposed in a new book called Collateral Damage-A Patient, a New Procedure and the Learning Curve: http://collateral- damage.net. Patient advocates are calling this an important book "It lays bare an example of the issue that lies at the base of our skyrocketing medical costs and our skyrocketing rates of medical harm. I think it is a bombshell.” This is an invasive, corporate-driven treatment with a questionable risk to benefit procedure. But is being widely promoted as a "cure" for Afib.  (Feb 14, 2011 | post #1)

Cardiology

New study on Cathetar Ablation for Afib ...

A new study from France confirms what many already know: Catheter Ablation for Afib doesn't doesn't work -- at least it's not worth the risks involved: http://collateral- damage.net.  (Jan 12, 2011 | post #1)

Annapolis, MD

County Exec Candidate Shay Calls for Action on Stormwate...

Good for Mike! Conti is an empty suit: Read the news column: http://tinyurl.com /orderbeforemidnig ht Leopold will be tangled up in lawsuits for the next four years. Mike's a good Independent choice, who is not taking special interest money.  (Oct 18, 2010 | post #2)

Annapolis, MD

County Exec Candidate Shay Calls for Action on Stormwate...

ANNAPOLIS - Anne Arundel County Executive candidate Mike Shay says years of damage from stormwater runoff can be reversed if county residents are willing make a small investment in their future. "A little change from our pockets can add up to the big change we need to restore a vibrant and healthy Chesapeake Bay," Shay said. Under his proposed "Change for the Bay" program, residents of an average size home would pay less than five dollars a month into a utility fund to modernize the failing stormwater management infrastructure. The Arundel businessman has just returned from a "Best Practices" visit to Portland, Oregon, where sustainable stormwater management was implemented with the support of the community and has been very successful. "We are now piping pollution-laden stormwater runoff directly into the bay with every storm," Shay said. "After a recent rain, county residents were advised to avoid any contact with the bay. We've lost our most precious asset, and a few dollars a month is a small price to pay to regain a healthy place to swim and fish. I believe county residents would be willing to contribute a little change for modern management systems that will solve this very serious crisis." The plan would require owners of larger homes and commercial lots, which produce more runoff, to contribute to the fund accordingly. "It's going to require leadership and resolve, but it's important and it must be done," Shay said, noting that the county already has the expertise to implement modern, environmentally sound stormwater treatments. "We all know what the problem is, and we know how to fix it," he said. "What we are lacking is an honest dialogue with taxpayers as to the best way to pay for the solution." "The Chesapeake Bay is the heart of our Anne Arundel economy and culture," Shay said. "Our county stands out nationally for our many miles of shoreline, yet our political leaders have done little to address the biggest threat to water quality---storm water management. "Change for the Bay" will allow all of us to do our part to improve our cherished Chesapeake Bay." http://electmikesh ay.com  (Oct 18, 2010 | post #1)

Cardiology

current events, culture, commentary, community

Do yourself a favor and stay away from johns Hopkins Cardiology: http://adventuresi ncardiology.com  (Jan 8, 2009 | post #1)

Baltimore Sun

'Hopkins' beats any fictional hospital drama

Here's a great Hopkins story: http://adventuresi ncardiology.wordpr ess.com/  (Jun 25, 2008 | post #1)

Baltimore Sun

Calculating cardiac calcium scores

Know what questions to ask when you enter the hospital for cardiac treatment: http://adventuresi ncardiology.wordpr ess.com/  (Jun 19, 2008 | post #2)

TwinCities.com

New therapy, high stakes

My second posts coreects the link:http://www.fd a.gov/ohrms/docket s/ac/03/transcript s/3954t1.htm  (Feb 11, 2008 | post #4)

TwinCities.com

New therapy, high stakes

Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is oversold. The risks and complications are much higher than advertised - while the success rates are much lower. My wife was nearly killed while undergoing an ablation at Johns Hopkins when a mapping catheter got tangled in her mitral valve - which was destroyed. We later found out that Dr. Hugh Calkins had let a trainee do the job, and after much research I found that there was a lot more danger to this procedure than doctors tell the public. (http://www.fda.go v/ohrms/dockets/ac /03/transcripts/39 54t1.htm)  (Feb 11, 2008 | post #3)

TwinCities.com

New therapy, high stakes

Catheter ablation for atrial fibrillation is oversold. The risks and complications are much higher than advertised - while the success rates are much lower. My wife was nearly killed while undergoing an ablation at Johns Hopkins when a mapping catheter got tangled in her mitral valve - which was destroyed. We later found out that Dr. Hugh Calkins had let a trainee do the job, and after much research I found that there was a lot more danger to this procedure than doctors tell the public. (http://trusted.md /www.fda.gov/ohrms /dockets/ac/03/tra nscripts/3954t1.ht m)  (Feb 11, 2008 | post #2)