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    What Is Unstable Angina?

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Unstable angina is one of three types of acute coronary syndrome. Angina is another word for chest pain, and unstable angina is a departure from stable angina. It occurs when a new angina symptom presents itself and is considered a medical emergency.

    Stable angina is predictable chest pain. It is caused by the same activities, and the pain is at the same level each time it occurs. The same angina treatments are effective each time an episode takes place. Unstable angina occurs when the symptoms of stable angina change. This could mean a new activity causes chest pain or that the chest pain you’re used to experiencing with stable angina becomes more intense or lasts longer. It may also mean that previously effective treatments don’t work anymore.

    Unstable angina can lead to a heart attack and should be considered a medical emergency. Go to the ER at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans for immediate care and access to our team of cardiologists. You can learn more about our cardiac care and all of our medical services by calling (504) 302-0664. 

    How to Prepare for Your First Appointment with a Cardiologist

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Your first appointment with a cardiologist is a great time to get answers to questions about your diagnosis and what to expect going forward with your care. The best way for both you and your cardiologist to get the most out of the appointment is for you to spend some time preparing to ask and answer as many questions as possible. If you have your first appointment with a cardiologist coming up, here are some ways to get ready for your appointment.

    Make a List of Your Medications

    Your cardiologist needs to know specific information about every medication you take, including over-the-counter medicines and vitamins. To make sure you don’t forget anything, write down the name of each medication, plus the dosage and how often you take it. You should also note the prescribing physician for each, in case your cardiologist needs to consult with him or her. Don’t leave anything out. Your medications could offer important clues about your symptoms and can influence how your doctor approaches your care.

    Compile Medical Histories

    Your cardiologist will want to know information about your health history, so prepare a list of major surgical procedures as well as chronic medical conditions and information about when you were diagnosed. Bring your most recent lab and cardiac test results if possible. You should also be prepared to answer questions about your family members’ cardiac health. Be ready to tell your cardiologist about siblings, parents, children, grandparents, aunts, and uncles with high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol, or diabetes.

    Prepare a List of Questions

    Being referred to a cardiologist is bound to bring up many questions, but it’s easy to forget them when you’re actually sitting in front of the doctor. Don’t miss this important opportunity to be active in your own care. Make a list of questions before your appointment and bring that list with you so you don’t forget anything.

    The cardiologists at Tulane Medical Center offer both pediatric and adult care to help you beat cardiac disease and live a heart-healthy life. We offer a full range of medical services in our New Orleans hospital. Learn more today by calling (504) 302-0664. 

    Reasons Your Doctor May Recommend Knee Replacement

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Knee replacement is one of the most common and successful surgical procedures performed in the United States today. After this orthopedic surgery, most patients are able to regain their mobility without the pain that had been holding them back. Is knee replacement right for you? Here is a look at a few of the reasons your orthopedic surgeon may recommend this procedure.

    Other Treatments Have Failed

    Knee replacement surgery is usually recommended when non-surgical remedies are either ineffective or become less effective in addressing your pain. Before knee replacement surgery, your doctor may recommend that you try things like resting your knee, undergoing physical therapy, taking pain medications, and having pain injections. If substantial relief is not achieved or maintained through these means, orthopedic surgery may be the best solution.

    Your Pain Is Severe

    Severe pain and stiffness are indicators that you may need knee replacement surgery, particularly if you have pain that limits your everyday activities. If you are unable to walk without severe pain, or if you need a cane or walker to be mobile, then it may be time for knee replacement. Your orthopedic surgeon may also suggest knee replacement surgery if you have moderate or severe pain in your knee while at rest, both day and night.

    Your Knee Is Deformed or Inflamed

    Severe arthritis can cause your knee to become deformed if it is allowed to progress. Your knee may become bowed, making it difficult to walk. In this case, knee replacement surgery can offer relief. With arthritis, your knee can also become chronically inflamed. If the inflammation doesn’t respond to medication and your knee is perpetually swollen, surgery may be the answer.

    The orthopedic surgery team at Tulane Medical Center performs a range of joint replacement surgeries using the very latest in cutting-edge techniques. Make an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons in New Orleans to see if knee replacement is right for you. Find out more by calling (504) 302-0664.

    How to Choose the Right Sunscreen

    Last updated 29 days ago

    Summer is here, and that means more time spent outside in the sun. You need to wear a sunscreen every time you’re outdoors to protect yourself from sunburns, skin aging, and skin cancer. However, it’s important to choose the right sunscreen to get the protection you need. This video explains more.

    Your sunscreen should feature SPF 30 or higher. Look for products that are water-resistant and that offer broad-spectrum protection. These sunscreens will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

    The Cancer Care department at Tulane Medical Center offers treatment for skin cancer as well as many other types of cancer. Get answers to your questions about the services at our New Orleans hospital, including our robotic and orthopedic surgery, by calling (504) 302-0664. 

    A Patient's Guide to Sciatica

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Back pain is one of the primary reasons for doctor visits, and on occasion, that pain can radiate to other parts of the body. Sciatica, a condition in which the sciatic nerve experiences pressure from a nearby structure, can cause substantial discomfort in the lower body region. However, the orthopedic staff at Tulane Medical Center can address sciatica pain with treatment measures matched to each patient’s specific medical needs. Continue reading to find out more.

    Why Does Sciatica Occur?

    Any bodily structure that pushes on the sciatic nerve can cause sciatica. Because the intervertebral discs are in close proximity to the sciatic nerve, disc herniation is a common cause of sciatica. Herniation, which forces the interior of an intervertebral disc to breach the outer membrane, can occur from any number of circumstances. Abrupt pressure on the disc can produce a rupture, as can repetitive motion that gradually degrades the structure.

    What Are the Signs of Sciatica?

    When the sciatic nerve experiences pressure, the resulting pain can substantially impact the sufferer’s quality of life. Depending on the way in which the nerve is affected, some people with sciatica may notice a considerable decrease in leg function. In certain cases, pressure on the nerve can result in numbness. Other sufferers may experience shooting pain that radiates throughout the leg. Symptoms may last for weeks or months.

    How Can a Back Pain Expert Treat Sciatica?

    The key to treating pain from sciatica is to know what is causing the condition. An orthopedic expert can recommend imaging services to see what is pressing upon the nerve and how best to remedy it. Mild cases of sciatica may require only medication or physical therapy to ease pain and loss of sensation. When a significant disc herniation or other problem causes ongoing and increasingly painful symptoms, a doctor might advise surgery to correct the underlying condition and eliminate nerve pressure.

    Are you suffering from sciatica? If you have tingling sensations or throbbing pain in your lower extremities, call Tulane Medical Center at (504) 302-0664 to speak with an associate about your condition. The staff at our New Orleans medical center can help you determine the best course of action to address your pain and discomfort. 

Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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