Tales of the Heart

A cardiology fellow's take on the world of medicine, particularly with regards to the doctor-patient relationship.

As we enter into the hospital each day, our goal is giving patients the best care we can provide. We get a list of patients that we will take care of each day, and as we get that list, we start thinking about what we should monitor in terms of their physical exam, lab  more...

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To my beloved patients and your families...Over the years, it has been an incredible experience and honor to be allowed to enter into your world. It is a world that I know few people are privy to, and it is an intimate world where the deepest questions about life tend  more...

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I remembered staring at the computer screen with the radiologist hoping that by staring at the images, they would change in some way. It did not seem fair that a nice lady that I was evaluating in the emergency room would be consigned to such tragic images. more...

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Well, I write to you from thirteen years into the future, on the brink of finishing cardiology fellowship in less than a year. It is hard to believe that I can finally begin to see the light at the end of what has been a very long tunnel, but I have learned some things  more...

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There is a trust involved between colleagues, especially since the times of a lighter schedule can be few and far between, and colleagues calling in for relief can take some of that time away. However, there are examples of that trust being violated, and in those  more...

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I admitted a patient who was being transferred to the hospital for further treatment of prostate cancer. When he arrived at the hospital, he was frail but trying to show that he had some energy. He and his wife sat up as I walked into the room, and after I introduced  more...

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As I sit home spending time with my family, I look back on the past few years of my practicing medicine and realize how much of a luxury this is. While most jobs allow employees time off for particular holidays, health care is a profession where we are called on  more...

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Over the last years, more attention has been paid to the prescription drug epidemic, with increasing rates of accidental deaths noted across the country. However, not as much attention has been focused on the challenges posed to the people legally allowed to prescribe  more...

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Recently, I have been reflecting more about my musical journey as an organist over the past 15 years. It has been great to learn how to continue my medical training to the best of my ability while still trying to keep my musical interests alive. Despite the busyness of  more...

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Burnout in the medical profession is a significant concern given the demands on our time by patients and other colleagues, and little time for self-care. I saw signs of this in myself during medical school, as well as in other medical students and residents that I  more...

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