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Title: Do Medical Research And New Technology Actually Make Our Lives Better Darrell G. Kirch, M.D. March 3


1
Do Medical Research And New Technology Actually
Make Our Lives Better?Darrell G. Kirch,
M.D.March 31, 2004
2
Cardiovascular Disease
  • chest pain

?myocardial ischemia ?myocardial
infarction ?heart failure
3
Cardiovascular Disease - Then
  • chest pain with an abnormal EKG

?the 3-day R/O MI admission
4
Cardiovascular Disease - Now
  • chest pain with an abnormal EKG

?coronary angiography ?angioplasty with
stenting ?coronary artery bypass grafting
(CABG) ?left ventricular assist device
(LVAD)
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Cardiovascular Disease - Now
  • chest pain with an abnormal EKG 345

?coronary angiography 5,100 ?angioplasty with
stenting 11,250 ?coronary artery bypass
grafting (CABG) 43,900 ?left ventricular
assist device (LVAD) 205,000
7
Does Advancing Medical Science
  • increase longevity?
  • ALMOST ALWAYS
  • improve quality of life?
  • OFTEN
  • decrease the cost of health care?
  • USUALLY NOT

8
  • If science is so great, why dont we always get
    increased quality of life and decreased costs?

The problem of choices!
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Three Types Of Choices That Increase Health Care
Costs
  • The choice not to alter lifestyle
  • The choice to exhaust tests and treatments
  • The choice to extend life as long as possible
  • whatever its quality

10
  • Advances in medical research and technology are
    truly wonderful!

But their impact would be even more positive if
combined with wiser choices on our part!
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