I make it a point to keenly research and learn about health and medicine matters. I wish to keep myself as young and energized as possible for as long as possible. I’ve been into these matters since I was a teenager, when I became inspired to change the way I thought about my health by my experiences with track running training for high school.
I sometimes do a little work with a woman who is a leading independent market researcher for the medical devices industry. She is also into the kind of health and wellness research matters that I am. We have had many a deep discussion about the hospital business, health insurance matters, doctors, health, wellness, medical devices, pharmaceuticals.
So. Without further ado, I have to say that the continued use and implementation of CT scanning devices, which expose the patient to heavy doses of radiation, to be used for possible heart attack sufferers who come rushing to a hospital ER, is appalling. The evidence against the safety of CT scans is damning enough already and has been getting stacked higher and higher for years. But to make matters worse, in recent times as I write this more research has been set forth, including some by the “New England Journal of Medicine”, demonstrating that CT scans for heart attacks aren’t even necessary.
They aren’t efficacious and don’t truly help with diagnosing heart attacks. But, CT scans do put millions of people’s lives at risk through their blasting of radiation into human bodies. Nevertheless, thousands and thousands of doctors resist all science (as if that’s never happened before in medical history) and insist that CT scans — which cost an average of $229 extra per medical bill — do save lives because they do help diagnose when someone is really having a heart attack.
The only “fact” about CT scans, besides the dollar signs, is that they do get inpatients out of the hospital and out the door an average of seven hours faster than they would get out without undergoing the scans. That sounds to me like a low-class restaurant business: “Get ’em in, get ’em out.” Hospitals call it the “income per hour ratio”. It means that as far as their bottom line is concerned, they free up another bed faster for another paying patient. The poor rushed-out patients who did have to undergo CT scans also tended to have to undergo more tests and possibly procedures, all of which cost yet more money.
Reader beware. If you are ever in a situation where you’re being told that you need a CT scan, scream bloody murder.