Commentary by Wordworks2001

If a patient is told by a cardiologist that his or her heart is in “GREAT SHAPE,” but he or she needs a coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or he could drop dead at any time, and the doctor hands the patient a pen with which to sign the permission to perform the surgery, he should be arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit assault.

If this patient, with the heart in “GREAT SHAPE,” indeed has the surgery, the cardio-thoracic surgeon and all of his assistants, including the cardiologist who referred the patient should be arrested for assault with a deadly weapon. And if, this patient whose heart was in “GREAT SHAPE” before the surgery happens to die on the table or of later complications, that entire group of conspirators should be charged with murder.

Almost three years ago, after seeking a second opinion from a noninvasive cardiologist, I opted for treatment with medication for my unstable angina instead of a quintuple bypass. Not only did my angina disappear with medications, I was able to resume my work which takes me overseas every other month.

A few months ago, my friend underwent a triple CABG and he was miserable afterwards. He was afraid to go to sleep at night for fear that he wouldn’t wake up. He is not allowed to lift anything heavier than his shoes for several months. He couldn’t walk more than 1/2 hour a day for 3 months. He felt like his guts were going to fall out.

And do you want to know how the surgeon got him on the operating table? It was fear, pure unadulterated fear. You know, the thing FDR said was all we had to fear. This surgeon and his abetting interventionalist cardiologist accomplice, told my friend the same thing I was told. My angina was caused by blocked coronary arteries. Five of mine were blocked, my friend had three that were. We were both characterized as walking time bombs and I was told I wouldn’t make it three months without a CABG. Reassuring chaps, these two.

Granted, a year from now, if he is lucky, my friend might say to me, “I feel great, I am so glad I had that surgery last May.” But I am equally convinced I’ll be able to say, “I’ve felt great for three years and didn’t have the CABG.” He may then say, but you must take all kinds of medicine every day for the rest of your life.” And my response shall be, “Well, don’t you as well.” And you know what? He takes the same classifications of drugs I have been prescribed.

Study after study shows that CABGs are no more successsful in prolonging life and preventing heart attacks than following medication regimens. In fact, in many studies, the medicated patients live longer than those who received surgery. The medically treated patients have no complications from their treatment. People who have had CABGs suffer a myriad of post-operative problems.

Before you let a cardiologist talk you into this major surgery that you probably don’t need, please, get a second opinion from a noninvasive cardiologist. If your current heart doctor says, “Oh, you are a walking time bomb, you haven’t time for that,” or “Dr. Cutter is a cardio-thoracic surgeon, he’s your second opinion,” RUN, don’t walk to a noninvasive cardiologist because chances are those other two guys are lying to you.

Contrary to popular belief, your cardiologist is not your friend. But you are a Mercedes Benz or that vacation the doc’s wife has been bugging him about. Find out more by visiting the website of my late cardiologist, Howard Wayne of San Diego. He passed away on October 23, but his website is still up and it is a treasure trove of useful information about how your coronary system works.

Please read the newspaper stories below for just a few true horror stories. You may save yourself some money and you definitely will save yourself some pain.

California doctors perform unnecessary heart surgery and are caught.

Deaths in a North Carolina hospital

Wordworks2001 is a retired US Army master sergeant. He lives in Indiana and works in Nigeria. He writes about health, social, and political issues and military and veterans affairs. His blog is


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