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My Patient with an Artificial Heart

I met him about 6 months ago.? He is 25, 6?2?, Caucasian. ?He holds a machine in his pocket about three times the size of a remote control.? Without it, his heart would stop. ?Literally. As he walks into my office, he is always mildly sweating because his heart struggles to pump and his adrenal […]
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Lesson from a Dying Patient

Recently on a Friday at 7:50pm, just 10 minutes before we close, a severely thin 37-year-old woman in a wheelchair entered the clinic. She was being brought in by her 12-year-old daughter. I reviewed the chart before I entered the room. It read, ?Chief Complaint: needs oxygen.? Having never seen her before, I thought she […]
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