Sunday, November 9, 2014

Why You Can't Rely On TV Reporters For Medical News

I learned of a new heart rhythm the other day. I had never encountered it in my cardiac physiology classes or subsequent CME courses. A local Los Angeles TV station aired a heart rending story about the death of a 90 year old former nurse due to a pharmacy error. The reporter said she was receiving diltiazem to treat her "atrial fibulation." Hmm. I wonder if there is some sort of connection between the nurse's heart and her lower leg. Also if you watch the video clip, you will hear the reporter pronounce diltiazem as "dil-tee-azem" instead of "dil-tie-azem". So don't be surprised if patients come to your office pronouncing their medication the wrong way.

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