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>>>Gary Gaddis, MD - representing self
I was inspired to write this resolution by three things. One is that the words "heart failure" are so easily misconstrued by patients as an imminent danger of heart stoppage. Except for patients with very low ejection fractions (who probably have an implanted defibrillator) it is highly unlikely that these patients' hearts will suddenly stop. Two is to bring heart insufficiency nomenclature into harmony with international terminology used to delineate this disease AND to bring terminology in line with that used for renal matters, as we typically talk about "renal insufficiency" and not "renal failure" as regards the kidneys. Finally, to change a medical terminology is not at all unprecedented. The tool we know as "Magnetic Resonance Imaging" or "MRI" used to originally be called "Nuclear Magnetic Resonance" or "NMR". The word "nuclear" fell out of favor in the years after the Three Mile Island incident, and MRI actually describes the tool more accurately. Similarly, the term "Cardiac Insufficiency" is a more accurate characterization of this disease state than is "Cardiac Failure" or "Heart Failure". Thank you for considering this resolution that I have drafted, toward the interest of more accurate and precise language about this common clinical condition.
>>>Chakshu Gupta, MD - representing self
Seems like a good idea.