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Dolly W
07-22-2003, 11:11 PM
The August issue of Reader's Digest has an article titled Not Your Father's Heart Attack. It discusses less invasive options to open heart surgery. A section of the article discusses alcohol ablation as a treatment for HOCM. There was even a description and a diagram of the HOCM heart. I was pleased to see some exposure on this topic in such a widely distributed magazine.

Even though I was happy about the media coverage, I took issue with the fact that the article portrayed the patient as being able to "play softball and tennis again" and "sprints up the stairs (six flights) two at a time". I feel this gives readers a false sense of being "cured" from this condition.

Just my two cents.

Reenie
07-22-2003, 11:56 PM
Dolly, I'll have to look that article up! Thanks for the heads up.

Reenie

Bert
07-23-2003, 10:08 AM
Speaking of Reader's Digest articles. Did any of you catch the April 2003 issue? There's an article called "How I Caught Every Disease on the Web". Describes me to a "t" lately. In any event, it offered an interesting perspective on how dangerous internet diagnosis can be.

Just something to think about... Always good to keep an open mind.

Be well...