A recent Medscape report on physicians’ salaries found that “Cardiologists remain among the top earners in medicine, with annual pay of $423,000, up from $410,000 in 2017.” However about one third of cardiologists feel that they should be earning more.
Are these doctors truly worth half a million dollars? Don’t you think that compensation should be gauged by success? What would success look like in the field of cardiology? How about less deaths from heart disease because cardiologists should be getting better at what they do? Instead with have more people dying every year from heart disease.
Here are some recent statistics:
* About 610,000 people die of heart disease in the U.S. every year–that’s 1 in every 4 deaths.
* However, the World Health Organization estimates there would be about 20 million CVD deaths in 2015, accounting for 30 percent of all deaths worldwide.
* Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women; as women catch up to men.
* Every year about 735,000 Americans have a heart attack: 525,000 are a first heart attack and 210,000 are a repeat attack.
* Heart failure is a global epidemic with a prevalence of over 5.8 million in the USA, and over 23 million worldwide.
* CVD is today the largest single contributor to global mortality and will continue to dominate mortality trends in the future
Here is an excerpt from my book The Magnesium Miracle (2017) in which I list magnesium-deficiency conditions that have been misdiagnosed and treated with medications instead of magnesium.
Heart disease. The heart, specifically the left ventricle, has the highest amount of magnesium in the whole body. Magnesium deficiency is common in people with heart disease, and taking magnesium can reduce that risk. IV magnesium can prevent myocardial infarction damage and cardiac arrhythmia if given at the onset of a heart attack. Most drugs used in treating heart disease drain magnesium from the body..
Hypertension. With insufficient magnesium and too much calcium, the smooth muscles lining blood vessels can go into spasm and cause high blood pressure. If cholesterol is elevated, which can also be due to magnesium deficiency, cholesterol can bind to calcium causing atherosclerosis in the blood vessels, worsening high blood pressure..
What would make a successful cardiologist is someone who understood the absolute need for magnesium in the body and especially in the cardiovascular system. Some doctors are getting that message but not enough to curtail this global epidemic. That means it’s up to you to keep your body saturated with magnesium so you don’t develop symptoms that can be misdiagnosed as disease.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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