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Capitalizing on Placebo Effects to Improve Outcome in Cardiac Surgery

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Six months after surgery, patients receiving the EXPECT intervention showed significantly larger improvements in health-related disability. .From BMC: On Medicine —Conclusion— Altogether, our finding indicates that optimizing patients’ pre-surgery expectations helps to improve long-term health after CABG. This has important implications: Beyond striving for advancing the treatment itself, we should focus on the context around the mere surgical procedure. By optimizing the context, patients can benefit more from the same surgery. Placebo mechanisms such as expectations can be utilized to…

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Stents, Placebos, and the Heart

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  “Patients always feel better when we do an invasive procedure. That’s how the mind works.” From Atlantic Magazine James Hamblin– November 8, 2017– Placebo Effect of the Heart — After 40 years, millions of procedures, and billions of dollars, doctors are questioning whether a common procedure is doing more harm than good. How much does heart disease depend on a patient’s state of mind? A doctor stands over you and feeds a long wire up the inside of your…

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