I think that most patients in this day and age are pretty sophisticated. And I think that they can understand the nature of their illness, as long as we take the time to explain it to them. If somebody comes to me with congestive heart failure, I find that if we explain what is congestive heart failure, why they have congestive heart failure, they’re more at ease with it and more at ease with the treatment for it. Same thing with blocked arteries. If you have coronary artery disease, if you understand what exactly that means and why you got there, then, again, it’s easier to understand the treatment and why we’re doing the things that we do.
Two days ago, I was in the office, and I saw a new patient who came with her neighbor — who has been my patient for years. And she was having some cardiac issues. And she said, “Well, I’ve got just the guy. You’ve got to come see my cardiologist.” And it’s nice to have the rapport with your patients that they feel comfortable enough with you that they’ll bring their friends and family.