Technically the above procedures could be considered surgery, but in actuality the first is a widely used diagnostic test and the second procedure is used in conjunction with the first as a "non-surgery" alternative to improve the effects of coronary artery diesese.
When a patient is referred to a cardiologist by their primary care physician, it is usually because the primary care physician believes there is an underlying cardiology problem that needs specialized attention.
Dr. Mehmood Patel is being accused of performing unnecessary "surgeries" as defined above ("News Briefs: A Turn for the Worse," March 29). These "surgeries" are in fact widely used throughout the profession of cardiology. They are extremely commonplace and are generally regarded as safe.
From firsthand knowledge I do know the following about Dr. Patel: 12.5 years ago, he saved my wife's life. He was her cardiologist for the next 9.5 years, and I can say unequivocally that he never performed an unnecessary procedure on her (she would have been an excellent candidate for one, though). He is a very kind, compassionate and caring physician. He had an extremely busy practice that would easily explain the volume of the procedures he performed. I know first hand that he often worked 15 or more hours per day.
I will withhold judgment of the good doctor until hard proof is shown. I will not give in to hearsay, sensationalism, or greed in my judgment of him. If Dr. Patel erred at all, I hope that it was on the side of caution in the treatment of his patients. I have to wonder how many of Dr. Patel's patients are alive today because of the "unnecessary" procedures that were performed on them.
Good luck to you, Dr. Patel.
State Rep. Joel Robideaux, R-Lafayette, surprised few in the Hub City Wednesday afternoon when he made (semi) official what most of us have known for months: He is running to replace Joey Durel as city-parish president.
Louisiana's first black Republican state senator since Reconstruction — who was a Republican before he was a Democrat before he was a Republican again — is accusing Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu of using the black community for votes and providing nothing in return.
LSU's governing board has backed new hospital privatization contracts that give hospital managers greater ease to leave the deal and fewer restrictions about must-have services.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
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Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
There was a time when United Ballot had a political stranglehold so tight on Lafayette’s black community it was nearly unbreakable, but that grip might be loosening.
The race for Lafayette city marshal may not be the most exciting of this year’s local political contests, but it could prove the most historic.
With the DA’s race too close to call and negative media coverage of Mike Harson on the ebb, will challenger Keith Stutes take the gloves off?
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.