I expect my patients to develop or sense responsibility in connection to their health because I believe personal responsibility creates the basis for a constructive, therapeutic relationship and healing process. My experiences as a patient have made me understand how difficult it can be to maintain a sense of responsibility. I often yearn for clarity and a "gameplan," but instead find myself confronted with medical guideline gray-areas and conflicting treatment recommendations. ...

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I've always felt lucky and relieved when a cardiologist told me I seemed to be fine despite my heart condition. My condition, referred to as congenital, complete AV block, is estimated to affect between 1 in 15,000 to 22,000 live-born infants. The electrical block is more commonly seen among older, adult patients where it presents an acute pacemaker indication. Researchers don't know very much about what causes the condition prenatally or ...

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