Learn to be a good patient? No, that's a myth
I have waited over a year to write this story, in order to gain sufficient perspective.
I want you to feel empowered and to trust your instincts when you are the patient, because navigating the medical system is like walking through a field of landmines.
I was having regular echocardiograms to monitor my mitral valve regurgitation. I got back a report suggesting probable or possible flail segment.
I did some research and was alarmed to find that flail segment was associated with sudden catastrophic heart failure and sudden death.