Category Archives: Cardiac surgery

Osimertinib in Untreated EGFR-Mutated Advanced Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer (FLAURA)

November 20, 2017- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed Emory University oncologist Suresh S. Ramalingam, M.D. about his NEJM

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Mechanical heart valves provide much lower mortality than tissue valves in young patients

November 8, 2017- by Steven E. Greer, MD Off the radar of Wall Street analysts is a new paper in the NEJM that shows mechanical heart valves, both aortic and mitral, impart much lower mortality than tissue valves in the … Continue reading

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An emerging safety problem for TAVR patients

March 16, 2017- produced and interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed William O’Neill, MD, one of the first to implant a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR) valve. The products have been approved by the FDA for several years, … Continue reading

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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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Insurance companies are not paying for Repatha and Praluent

March 8, 2017- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed cardiologist William O’Neill, MD about his personal need for the cholesterol-lowering, large-molecule, antibody drug from Amgen, branded as Repatha. Despite

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The Lotus TAVR valve recall

March 16, 2017- produced and interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed William O’Neill, MD, one of the first to implant a Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement

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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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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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