Dr. Thomas Graboys, associate professor of medicine at Harvard, and the director of the Lown Cardiovascular Center, discusses the epidemic of open-heart surgery programs, stating that half of all coronary bypass surgeries performed are unnecessary. In this 1993 interview, Dr. Graboys points out that only a minority of patients with atherosclerosis actually needs heart surgery and angioplasty, and that surgeries of this type are increasing due to the economic lifeblood they provide to hospitals. While economics play a major part in this trend, Dr. Graboys also feels that heart surgeries are often perceived as quick “fix-it” solutions by the general public. Dr. Graboys discusses how atherosclerosis can be “significantly reversed” through lifestyle changes (diet, exercise, not smoking, etc.) and the careful use of certain medications.
Note: This taped interview from “Your Good Health,” hosted by Dr. McDougall has been edited. Any contact information provided during the interviews should be confirmed first since it may have changed since the original taping.
Download Thomas Graboys MD (taped interview) – Duration: 34:23