Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Address bias of doctors treating obese patients

Twice I was allowed to develop severe heart failure symptoms that required hospitalization to treat because my primary care physician assumed that my ONLY problem was that I am fat.

 

Every doctor knows that obesity can lead to the development of diabetes, heart diseases, joint damage and yet too many doctors on the frontlines just say: You're fat go diet.

 

My first experience with this was when I was first diagnosed with heart failure in 1996. The second time was in 2011. I had had a banded gastric bypass by that time. And yet my doctor did nothing--including not put me on coreg--for 18 months during which I gained 96 pounds of water weight. I can send you medical records on request.

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)? : Critical Challenge (CC)

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I'd like to know how many patients die because their primary care doctors don't take their health complains seriously. If you can somehow get primary care doctors to open their eyes and do their jobs, patients like me might not be on the verge of death because their doctors refuse to listen. I had a history of heart failure, I told my primary care doctor that my first doctor completely missed the symptoms in 1996, including swollen ankles and feet, the inability to walk two blocks without stopping and having coughing fits that forced me out of bed into a wing-back chair. I started having those symptoms again in 2011 and ended up spending two and half weeks in a hospital in November 2012 to treat my problems and to drain 96 pounds of fluid from my body. I couldn't bend my legs to get into a car or a truck.

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Of course it is possible to deal with this issue. The question is whether doctors and medical researchers are ready to be honest about the role neglect by primary care physicians plays in the overall health of their patients.

 

Both of the doctors who risked my life had good reputations. I liked them until they stopped listening to me. I had an echocardiogram in October 2011 my ejection fraction was between 20 and 15. I thought I was going to die. My doctor said: numbers don't mean anything??? One year later, I spent two and a half weeks in the hospital.

 

Why do you think I'm hopping mad. How many other patients are dealing with the same types of problems. I literally had to take Xanax because when my symptoms returned I was afraid that my stupid doctors would kill me by ignoring me again. I reported my fears in detail to United Healthcare, I switched to a more competent medical system. I'm losing weight and spent hours walking around Yosemite National Park last month. That's the difference between doctors who listen and doctors who don't. A patient should not be afraid that their doctor is so stupid that she or he will kill them .... accidentally.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Mary Crystal Cage

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