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Heart Failure: A Critical Inquiry into American Medicine and the Revolution in Heart Care Reprint Edition

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Investigative reporter Moore here puts up some warning signs along the spectacular highways of modern-day coronary care. Moore says that because there are no accurate nationwide statistics on such vital questions as survival after any form of coronary therapy (open heart surgery, balloon therapy, etc.), it is impossible to compare the beneficial effects of particular treatments. He also says the popular belief that high cholesterol in the blood is related to coronary disease has no firm scientific basis. Mortality from heart attacks is decreasing, yet there is no clear reason why; rapidity of response by emergency services to heart-attack victims, and improved diagnosis, seem to be as effective as the more glamorous therapies. This challenging work is recommended for the general reader and for doctors, too; more like this are needed to counteract books that hype a particular treatment.
- Eleanor Maass, Maass Assocs., New Milford, Pa.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books; Reprint edition (September 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671724444
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671724443
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,846,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 23, 1998
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I found this book absolutely fascinating. Very hard to put down as he methodically debunks all but a few popular procedures for people with heart problems. The author examines numerous, medically accepted treatments for ailing hearts, including: bypass surgery, angioplasty, treating high cholesterol, blood thinners, defribulation and others. He paints a picture of a greedy AMA and associated members of the medical fraternity. All but two of the medical procedures he reviews have sufficient clinical statistics to make them the treatment of choice for extending life. The two, blood thinners and defribulation are the only ones, he believes, that indeed are the best choice of treatment for the conditions given. He paints a picture of a medical establishment that is fooling the public and growing rich with unnecessary surgery or high priced medical treatments that are life threatening themselves.
A very sobering look at one of mankinds great killers that allows few patients to have all the information they need to make the proper decisions in life threatening situations. A picture of money grubbing medical professionals who cut and prescribe based on a robot like following of their medical professional society dogma.
I haven't been able to find any books rebutting Mr. Moores allegations. On the other hand, I have read many sad stories of the cost of treatment and deaths of many. I only hope one does not find themselves in one of these life threatening situations. Even your trusted medical professional may not have the information they need when you have a serious problem. A sorry state, if true.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karl Loren on July 4, 2001
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There is probably no book more important in current literature than Mr. Moore's Book.
The fact that it is out of print tells a vast story about the forces at work.
Heart disease is still the number one killer -- about half of all Americans die from it. The orthodox truth about heart disease has changed but only slightly over the past twenty years -- the "truth" still is that heart disease is claimed to be caused by cholesterol that is too high, that the proper solution is eat a diet that is low in cholesterol, which means low on zero eggs and butter, and that only when people fail on this diet should they then consider going on to a life-time of the most profitable drugs in the history of pharmaceuticals -- a cholesterol-lowering drug. These drugs are currently selling at the rate of about $10 billion per year, and the recent government announcement that about 300% more people should be on these drugs adds to the importance of this subject.
Mr. Moore actually read the so-called scientific reports on which this vast deception is based -- the original reports of the Framingham Studies. These studies were very often falsely reported as finding that cholesterol in the diet caused cholesterol in the blood (Moore proved that these studies claimed the opposite, despite how they were publicized). These Framingham Sudies then "showed" that high cholesterol in the blood led to death by heart disease. Mr. Moore found, within the very reports used to support these false claims, the truth that has never been reported.
The current theory of heart disease, and certainly the entire methodology of treatment is a farce -- easily proven by looking at less than a dozen different facts that cannot be refuted.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Skipper on September 30, 2012
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This is the best book that I have ever read on this subject. Recently this year (2012) I had open heart bypass surgery (for an 80% blockage), and the Maze (performed at the same time for atrial fibrillation) at Methodist Hospital, Houston, Texas. There was one chapter in the book that described my bypass surgery to a "T" so that I finally understood what my body had gone through. It's an en lighting and informative book for folks with any heart condition. I am 79 years of age. A lesson to others with any type heart condition. Take heed. I had been previously cleared by my electrophysiologist to exercise and my wife and I had been going to the gym, 3 times weekly, lifting weights plus walking for over five years. The surgeon commented after my surgery that was why I came through the surgery so well and healed so fast was the good condition my body was in, I recommend this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Pollak on November 24, 2009
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Terrific book, revealing the failures of the U.S. Health Care system, documenting the non-existent checks on the procedures we all submit to.
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By B. VanLoon on August 14, 2015
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This was a fascinating read and gave me a much clearer idea of
how medecine is practiced in the United States. Eye-opening.
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