Heart Disease Prevention
Fri, 11/05/2010 10:24 AM
Weight gain and and an inactive lifestyle can influence heart diseases. These also increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and increased blood cholesterol levels, which increases the risk of heart disease. Knowing how to maintain or lose weight and also to maintain cardiac (heart) fitness is important.
Tips on Calories:
Tips on Physical Activity:
Dr. Santhosh K.G. Koshy, DM, FACC, FSCAI is the Director of Interventional Cardiology and Director of UT services at Methodist Healthcare and the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis, Tenn. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.
Discovering a Brain Aneurysm
Thu, 11/04/2010 10:36 AM
Just ten or twenty years ago it was relatively rare to discover an aneurysm in someone’s brain before it caused a problem. The majority of the aneurysm patients that doctors saw were those whose aneurysms had ruptured. These days patients get CT or MRI scans for a variety of problems like headaches and sinus infections. Some of these scans show aneurysms that have nothing to do with the reason for the scan.
Since I am a neurosurgeon who specializes in the treatment of brain aneurysms, may be sent to see me. Most weeks I see several patients with incidentally discovered aneurysms. These patients are often frightened and in need of information and advice. There are a lot of physicians like me who do research to understand how best to treat you and also spend time on counseling and treating.
Aneurysms are weak spots on the sides of arteries underneath the brain. Imagine that you are buying a garden hose. When the manufacturer made this particular hose, they made a mistake and there is a spot on the side of the hose where the rubber is thinned. On this spot the rubber is as thin as a balloon instead of thick like the rubber on a hose should be. When you get the hose home and start using it, it works fine. Over time, however, as you turn the water pressure on and off repeatedly, that thin spot bulges so that there is a small water balloon on the side of the hose. We think that brain aneurysms form in a similar way. You may have been born with a thin spot on an artery but over time as blood has flown through the artery this spot has become a small, thin-walled sac hanging off of the side of the artery. We know that some drugs, like nicotine, can increase the risk of aneurysms growing or rupturing.
So if you or a friend has had an aneurysm discovered in your brain “incidentally,” or during a scan for something else, then you may be coming to see me or someone like me. I will probably talk to you about how important it is to stop smoking; the last thing you want to do is to increase the risk of the aneurysm growing or rupturing. We will review what factors might make this particular aneurysm more safe or more dangerous together. I might want better pictures of the aneurysm before giving you definitive advice about whether to treat it or not. Whatever you decide, make sure that you get good advice and understand your options so that you can get the best care possible.
Dr. Adam Arthur is the Director of Cerebrovascular and Endovascular Neurosurgery at the Methodist University Hospital Neuroscience Institute. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Call 888.777.5959 for more information.
How to Survive a Heart Attack
Mon, 10/25/2010 4:01 PM
Fast action is the best weapon against heart attack! Artery opening treatments can stop a heart attack in its tracks. They can prevent or limit heart damage–but they need to be able to be performed as soon as possible after the symptoms begin.
Know the Early Symptoms of Heart Attacks
Early warning signs are present in nearly 50% of all heart attacks. Symptoms are usually present 24 hours before the attack but can occur 2-3 weeks beforehand. Symptoms are typically intermittent lasting from a few minutes to a few hours, followed by a pain-free period before the acute attack.
Non-specific signs include:
Specific signs of a heart attack:
Some heart attacks are sudden and intense—like the "movie heart attack," where no one doubts what's happening. But most heart attacks start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort. Often people affected aren't sure what's wrong and wait too long before getting help.
Immediately call 9-1-1 or your emergency response number so an ambulance (ideally with advanced life support) can be sent for you. As with men, women's most common heart attack symptom is chest pain or discomfort. But women are somewhat more likely than men to experience some of the other common symptoms, particularly shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain.
Calling 9-1-1 is almost always the fastest way to get lifesaving treatment. Emergency medical services (EMS) staff can begin treatment when they arrive—up to an hour sooner than if someone gets to the hospital by car. EMS staff are also trained to revive someone whose heart has stopped. Patients with chest pain who arrive by ambulance usually receive faster treatment at the hospital, too. It is best to call EMS for rapid transport to the emergency room.
Transplant Support Group in Memphis
Tue, 10/12/2010 2:20 PM
Join us for Methodist’s own transplant support group, Living Kindly!
This group meets the second Thursday of each month at 3:30pm located on the Thomas Wing in Methodist University Hospital on the 10th Floor in the 10 Thomas Conference Room. Pre and Post Transplant Patients, Family Members and Caregivers are welcome!
If you or a family member is interested in learning more about transplant medications, please join us at 3:00 p.m. prior to each group.
ONLY THREE DATES LEFT THIS YEAR! This is a wonderful opportunity for everyone to learn more about transplantation.
Food and beverages are served and parking is free. Find out more about our transplant support group in Memphis, Tenn.
Melissa Moore is a transplant coordinator for the Methodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at email@example.com. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.
8 Reminders for Pre Transplant Clinic
Tue, 4/20/2010 11:46 AM
Melissa is a transplant coordinator for the Mehtodist University Hospital Transplant Institute in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information, contact the Transplant Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org. All opinions expressed here are those of their authors and not of their employer. Information provided here is for medical education only. It is not intended as and does not substitute for medical advice. Locate a transplant surgeon in Tennessee or call 866.805.7710 for more information.
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