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The Bob Arnot Interview (Page 3 of 3)
An Interview with Dr. Bob Arnot
I think the one thing
that we, in the media, fail to sell
patients and their families on is how
incredibly powerful medications are;
they really can slow, stop, and reverse
disease, but you have got to take them
on a regular basis. They make a
very big difference, especially in what
we call secondary prevention.
Every single person that is taking
secondary prevention is doing something
directly to decrease their chance of
having a second heart attack.
often say that you can fire your
doctors, but they cannot fire you.
What can you do when you find yourself
and your loved one not getting the best
care you think the system can offer?
am a very big believer in disruption. I
had a case a few weeks ago when I got a
call from a wife. Her husband had
severe heart disease with a blocked left
anterior descending, and he was just
sort of languishing at this hospital. I
called one of the top hospitals in New
York and arranged for a transfer within
the hour. So you need to look at
disruption. As you say, you cannot
be afraid of being fired by your doctor
or being fired by the hospital.
You are going to get a lot of pushback.
You are going to be told you are not the
doctor. I was actually told, “You
are not a cancer doctor.” I said I had
talked to the six best specialists in
the country on this and still they
couldn’t have cared less. I mean,
it was just the most miserable
experience. I got a really
terrifying firsthand look at just how
unbelievably hard it is to be a
If you had only one piece of advice to
share with a family caregiver, what
would that be?
Be fearless. We are very involved in
this whole idea of medical outcomes and
it takes someone to be a disruptor to
say, “Hey Mom, hey Dad, we are going
down the wrong path here.” You
cannot believe the amount of bravery and
fearlessness that it takes to go up in
the face of local professionals who are
telling you different.