The stethoscope for listening to the heart is over. It's obsolete.

— Eric Topol

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For people who have heart disease, statins are great.

But if all you've had is high cholesterol, what you're doing is taking this 1/100 chance of getting a benefit and offsetting it with 1/200 chance of getting diabetes.

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The digital world has been in a separate orbit from our medical cocoon, and it's time the boundaries be taken down.

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The ability to diagnose an imminent heart attack has long been considered the holy grail of cardiovascular medicine.

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A lot of the diagnosis and monitoring functions will be done through little devices - smartphones - by the patient with computer assistance. So it's a real big change in the model of how we render healthcare.

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Where today people surf the web and check their e-mail on their cell phones, tomorrow they will be checking their vital signs.

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I use a portable pocket ultrasound device instead of a stethoscope to listen to the heart, and I share it with the patient in real time. 'Look at your valve, look at your heart-muscle strength.' So they're looking at it with me. Normally a patient is tested by an ultrasonographer who is not allowed to tell them anything.

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I am prescribing a lot more apps than medications these days.

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Chemotherapy is just medieval. It's such a blunt instrument. We're going to look back on it like we do the dark ages.

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It's infrequent that people are rail thin yet have high blood pressure.

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For diabetes in particular, we know there's a relationship between lack of glucose regulation and complications like blindness and kidney failure. So if you were diabetic and you knew that you could get your glucose in a tight, normal range just by adjusting your lifestyle, wouldn't that be great?

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The problem is that it takes physicians so long to accept a radical change.

And the lag is unacceptable.

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The digitization of human beings will make a parody out of doctor knows best.

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About Eric Topol

Quotes 23 sayings
Profession Cardiologist
Birthday 1954

For some men, the inflammation of their arteries is a result of really low good cholesterol.

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Medicine is still all about treating populations, not people - one-size-fits all treatments and diagnoses.

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Of course, the medical profession doesn't like D.I.Y. anything.

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I love information. I can never get enough. I get bored easily.

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Warfarin is the drug the medical community loves to hate.

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I have had my genome fully sequenced and have learned a great deal about which medications I would respond to and which might or would induce major side effects, along with knowing many medical conditions for which I'm particularly susceptible.

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Not only can consumers handle their personal genetic information, but they are getting genomically oriented and anchored about such data.

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Medicine is incredibly ritualistic.

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There are estimates that 2 to 3 percent of cancers in the U.

S. each year are engendered by exposure to repetitive imaging.

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About half of all people don't take medications like they're supposed to.

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