I hope you’re sitting down right now. Heck, you might even want to take a deep, calming breath before you read the rest of this. Because steam sure was coming out of MY ears when I discovered it.
Explosive new research exposes one of the dirtiest and most shameful secrets in medicine.
When your life is on the line with heart failure… You’re in urgent need of the best science-backed treatments… And you’re relying on doctors to give you exactly what’s required to save you… Some of them are doing something else entirely.
They’re sizing you up to see if you’re “worth” saving. And a new report reveals if you’re past a certain age, they very well might decide you’re not.
The new study uncovers how doctors and hospitals routinely hold back potentially life-saving treatments from vulnerable seniors with heart failure based on age… and age ALONE.
I hope you never find yourself or a loved one in that situation. But if you do, I want to give you something today that could catch those hospital docs off guard and help put YOU back in the driver’s seat.
It’s a bulldog in your corner to help protect your interests and ensure you get whatever treatments you need and deserve.
Heart failure patients CHEATED out of treatments
The new study focused on heart failure with reduced ejection fraction. It’s a condition that has some very specific treatments that are supposed to be offered to patients.
With them, you could gain years of extra living. And that means more precious time spent with your loved ones. Without them, your odds of survival plunge.
But if you’re past the age of 80, the study finds you’re very unlikely to get some of those crucial heart failure treatments.
For example, nearly three-quarters of patients under 70 are given either an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator or cardiac resynchronization therapy. Plus, 60 percent of patients between the ages of 70 and 80 are given one of those same therapies.
But the moment you hit 80, those percentages plunge. In fact, barely over ONE IN FOUR patients in the 80 or above age group are offered those life-saving treatments.
Bring out the bulldog for the best results
I’m going to be completely honest here. This revelation really hits home for me because I’ve been fighting a very similar battle for my own senior parents, both of whom have battled heart failure.
The hospital docs smile and tell me they’re doing everything they can. And if I were less informed, I might believe them. After all, they’re the experts, right?
But I KNOW what the options are. I’m aware of what treatments mom and dad should be getting for their heart failure. And – most infuriating of all – I know when they’re NOT getting them.
That’s when I have to go into what I call BULLDOG mode. And I fight… tooth and nail, without letting up… until my parents get everything they need.
Don’t cross the bulldog! The hospital learned that lesson pretty quickly.
And once they realized they were dealing with someone who knew the score and wouldn’t back down, they got right on it.
Appoint an advocate NOW
And that might be what we all need: a bulldog mode. If you’re healthy enough, you can be your own and show ’em that snarl when you’re getting short-changed on your treatment.
But don’t count on that. When a condition like heart failure worsens, you may not be a very effective advocate for yourself. So while you’re still feeling good, go ahead and appoint a family bulldog.
- Ideally, it should be someone a little younger, like an adult child or grandchild, who isn’t easy to bully.
- Let them know that their job is to get to the hospital right away when you or another family member is having a medical crisis.
- If at any time they don’t believe you’re getting the care you need, deserve, and are entitled to, they should switch into bulldog mode and demand that you do.
Because, as the new study clearly shows, the ability to snarl on cue could very well mean the difference between life and death.
Need some help turning your bark into a bite? Check out my earlier report, “Making your doc listen could SAVE YOUR life (6 tricks to try).”
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