Cardiologist questions popular treatment form

In the world of medicine today, prevention tends to be identified with checkups, patients are turned into so much paperwork, and intensive care is simply a stage before the cemetery, says Eftychios Voridis, professor of cardiology in an interview with Kathimerini. He castigates the received wisdom of conventional medicine and its reliance on random studies. «We’ve come to the point of saying quite seriously that the doctor should go the patient with a calculator in hand… press buttons, see what some study in Minneapolis in Minnesota said and apply it accordingly.» He recommends that people lead as natural a life as possible, and warns against extremes. «Low cholesterol in old people is suspect, because it shows a tendency toward depression.» As for pharmaceutical treatments, often they prolong life for two weeks at the most. While health systems stagger under the burden of costly treatments, the fear of death means people are rushed into intensive care, where they die alone, «their last memories being of green and white forms moving around them.»

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