Unneeded Medical Procedures Performed At Maryland Hospital
The Baltimore Sun reports hundreds of heart patients from St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson, Maryland may have received unnecessary coronary implants. St. Joseph medical Center calls itself the busiest heart catheterization center in Maryland and is thought of as one of the primary cardiac care facilities in the area.
At least 369 patients have received letters informing them they may have received expensive and potentially dangerous coronary stents they did not need. At the time of their surgery the patients were told they needed the stent to open an artery which had severe blockage. They have since learned their blockage was only minor.
Dr. Mark Midei is the only doctor implicated in the hospital investigation so far. He allegedly told patients they had up to a 90 percent blockage, when in fact they had only a 10 percent blockage. In other patients, he placed two stents when only one was necessary.
Patients not only underwent dangerous surgery, they have been on blood-thinning drugs and have suffered the psychological effect of believing they have heart disease.
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