heart disease http://michiganradio.org en Heart patients should ask more questions http://michiganradio.org/post/heart-patients-should-ask-more-questions <p>Patients with heart disease should ask their doctors more questions before undergoing elective heart procedures.<br /><br />That&#39;s according to a study by the Center for Healthcare Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.<br />&nbsp;<br />Marianne Udow-Phillips is Director of the Center and lead author of the study.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br />She says whether or not Blue Cross/Blue Shield patients in the study underwent elective heart procedures depended more on where they received their care compared to whether or not it may have been the best option.</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-size:10.5pt">&quot;We do believe that most of the use of these services is really more driven by physician preferences than patient preferences,&quot; said Udow-Phillips. &quot;Patients do need to be more involved; they need to ask more questions of their physicians before they have a catheterization procedure.&nbsp; There does need to be a better dialogue between physicians and patients.&quot;</span></p></blockquote><p>The overall rate of these procedures have declined by 19-percent between 1997 and 2008. Thu, 10 May 2012 17:15:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7416 at http://michiganradio.org Heart patients should ask more questions