Category Archives: Cardiac surgery

Doctors complain to Columbia about Dr. Oz

Update April 21, 2015- By Steven E. Greer, MD As a direct result of our posting of the letter, below, the New York Times then national TV news

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Early stoppage of clinical trials

April 16, 2009– Dr. Guyatt explained in a previous post why early stoppage of clinical trials results

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10-year follow-up on the CREST carotid stenting trial

March 4, 2016- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD The 10-year follow-up data on the CREST carotid stenting vs. CEA trail were published

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Review of the TCT 2015 data

October 19, 2015

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Review of the TAVR data from the 2015 ACC

May 7, 2015- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD

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The newly approved Edwards Lifesciences Sapien 3 aortic valve

July 5, 2015- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed William Suh, MD of UCLA about the newly approved Edwards Lifesciences Sapien

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Dr. Oz “Lose 20 lbs in 14 days”

May 24, 2015- We spotted this egregious quackery in the Rite Aid pharmacy.

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The PCSK9 LDL drugs do not cut heart risk in half

March 18, 2015- Op-Ed by Steven E. Greer, MD The American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting is underway, and the main Late Breaking data

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The deadly risks of TAVR being downplayed to patients by hospitals

January 18, 2015- By Steven E. Greer, MD On July 20th, 2011, the FDA convened an advisory committee to help it determine whether to

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Daily aspirin once again proves to be of no use and also deadly

Update January 13, 2015- Yet another study was published highlighting the risks of daily aspirin. 

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Half of Dr. Oz’s medical advice is baseless or wrong, study says

December 19, 2014- The Washington Post reports, “And now, his work has come under even greater scrutiny

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HBO’s John Oliver devotes 16-minutes on the Dr. Oz senate hearing

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Occluding the left atrial appendage to prevent stroke in A-fib

May 17, 2014- Thromboembolic stroke caused by atrial fibrillation is the primary reason patients are placed

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Drug-coated balloons to treat fem-pop disease

April 27, 2014– Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD At the Charing Cross symposium in London, Medtronic reported results of the IN-PACT trial

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How many stent cases does it take to bill Medicare for $18 Million?

April 9, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD The release of data by Medicare showing what each doctor earns from billing CMS is making news for

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Catheter approaches for mitral replacement

March 23, 2014- interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD With catheter based methods for replacing the aorta valve not being adopted as expected, the

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The subcutaneous ICD

The concept of applying high voltage to shock a heart out of

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The finances of TAVI: do prices have to come down?

November 8, 2013- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD William O’Neill, MD of Henry Ford discusses the finances of transapical aortic valve implantation (TAVI) and why the $30,000 pricetag for the devices should be closer to $5,000. He also discusses … Continue reading

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TAVI: Comparing CoreValve to Sapien

November 8, 2013- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD William O’Neill, MD of Henry Ford discusses the recent pivotal data for the Medtronic CoreValve device,

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The more we know, the more unnecessary President Bush’s stent seems

October 16, 2013 By Steven E. Greer, MD A recent short article in an obscure Washington, DC wonky journal triggered national media

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