Category Archives: Cardiology

Insurance companies are not paying for Repatha and Praluent

Update November 2, 2018- Amgen slashed the annual cost of this drug to $6,000.

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Under new leadership, Johns Hopkins creates a disaster at the Tampa children’s hospital

Dean and CEO of Johns Hopkins Medicine Paul Rothman December 11, 2018- by Steven E. Greer, MD Ranking colleges and medical centers is a futile, highly subjective, and ludicrous endeavor. Nevertheless,

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Once again, daily aspirin is shown to be deadly rather than beneficial

September 16, 2018- by Steven E. Greer, MD The Healthcare Channel has been pounding the table for many years pushing back against the drug

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Crystalloid “Balanced Lactated Ringer’s” IV solution is safer to the kidneys

March 1, 2018- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed Vanderbilt’s Todd Rice, MD about his NEJM papers that showed crystalloid, or

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Hormone replacement therapy is safe and effective after all

November 14, 2017- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed JoAnn Manson, MD, DrPH about her JAMA paper that followed the cohorts in

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Does President Trump have “heart disease” based on his Coronary Calcium Score?

January 20, 2018- by Steven E. Greer, MD President Trump made news this week by having his doctor, Admiral Ronny Jackson, MD, answer

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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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Brigham and Women’s Hospital engages in bizarre PR campaign for daily aspirin

 April 21, 2015- By Steven E. Greer, MD Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, part of the Harvard University network of hospitals,

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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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Told you so: the NEJM Mediterranean diet was junk science

June 13, 2018- by Steven E. Greer, MD Back in 2013, I pounded the

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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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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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Did Hillary Clinton really faint from “dehydration” or does she have a chronic neurological condition?

September 12, 2016- by Steven E. Greer, MD Once again, the Hillary Clinton campaign is on defense after another health scare from their

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CT-scan screening for heart disease fails to show benefit

March 23, 2015- Interviewed by Steven E. Greer, MD We interviewed the Principal Investigator of the PROMISE trial, Pamela Douglas, MD from Duke.

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A modern medical wonder finishes second in the U.S. Open golf tournament

June 15, 2014- By Steven E. Greer, MD 34-year-old Erik Compton finished tied for second in the United States Open golf tournament.

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Interview with the CEO of Neovasc, Alexei Marko

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CBS News Promotes More Pro-Coffee Junk Science

July 11, 2017- by Steven E. Greer, MD How does one become a successful TV medical doctor pundit? First, you have to leave your medical ethics

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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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CBS promotes outrageous pro-coffee research, again

Update May 8, 2016- HBO’s John Oliver focused on this problem of TV news misrepresenting the

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Man who oversaw one of the biggest academic research frauds in medical history is poised to become the next FDA Commissioner

Update February 7, 2016- Key senators, including Bernie Sanders, are now threatening to filibuster

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