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  • Same ol', same ol'

    We have heard many stories here of people getting dismissed as not having a significant problem, but here is one more:

    Last night I asked my neice if she had been checked out yet. She told me that when she went to a cardiologist he said that she did not really need to be checked because probably her mother and I did not really have this disease. He told her that in "all his years of practicing cardiology", he had only run across one case of HCM while he was an intern. But he ran an ekg, which was apparently OK.

    When she got the bill, she discovered that the insurance had refused to pay for it. So, she called their number and they told her that she was a healthy 30 year old woman, so she did not need heart tests!!!!! So, she has been afraid to have an echo because her husband was a bit upset about the previous bill. After we talked, she plans to call the insurance co again and ask to speak to a supervisor. I recommended that if she got nowhere with them that she request a form to file this with the state insurance commission. I also suggested she find a different cardiologist, but I think that that was unnecessary.
    Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Same ol', same ol'

    UFF DA!

    File an appeal with the ins. company with a letter of explaination. Further, if you can get the name of this 'cardiologist' I would like to send him an information kit.

    I can tell you that this doc has missed HCM in other people simply by statistics. If 1 in 500 have HCM and he has been a doc for a while, then I can bet he has seen more than 2000 people - of that 4 would have had HCM. The average cardiology practice has 2000 patients.

    Best wishes,

    Knowledge is power ... Stay informed!
    YOU can make a difference - all you have to do is try!

    Dx age 12 current age 46 and counting!
    lost: 5 family members to HCM (SCD, Stroke, CHF)
    Others diagnosed living with HCM (or gene +) include - daughter, niece, nephew, cousin, sister and many many friends!
    Therapy - ICD (implanted 97, 01, 04 and 11, medication
    Currently not obstructed
    Complications - unnecessary pacemaker and stroke (unrelated to each other)


    • #3
      Re: Same ol', same ol'

      I'm just speechless, which by the way, is saying a lot!


      Husband has HCM.
      3 kids - ages 23, 21, & 19. All presently clear of HCM.


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