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Never let the facts spoil a good story: a challenging case history

Leon A Simons

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Abstract

While the practitioner strives to maintain patient motivation and compliance in the face of polypharmacy, patients are bombarded periodically by negative material in the popular media.

Key Points

  • Some patients with an acute coronary syndrome are transformed from good health, on little or no medication, to a situation of ongoing polypharmacy.
  • Patients often resent this situation on the grounds of convenience and financial burden.
  • The popular media regularly publish unbalanced and hysterical stories in relation to medical matters, making the situation even more difficult for both the patient and doctor.
  • Practitioners have the difficult task of keeping one step ahead of what patients may see in the popular media.

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