Guest Post from Dr. Gene Uzawa Dorio:
Two decades ago, I admitted a patient to the Intensive Care Unit for a heart attack. His children were grown, and he looked forward to retirement purchasing an RV to relax and travel the country with his wife.
Invasive cardiac technology had not evolved, so he remained in the ICU on intravenous medication to control his symptoms. On the fifth hospital day, his wife brought a letter from the insurance company denying any further payment in the unit. His conversation the next two days centered around this letter, and as you suspect, the stress exacerbated his heart attack and he died. Continue reading