Last updated 3 months ago
The vascular system serves to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the body and efficiently remove waste. Unfortunately, conditions affecting the vascular system are very common and can be deadly. Coronary artery disease—or disease in the arteries supplying the heart muscle—is the number one cause of death in American men and women, according to the National Institutes of Health.
Many factors can lead to the development of coronary artery disease and other vascular diseases. Some risk factors, such as age, gender, and family history, cannot be eliminated through daily lifestyle modifications. Diabetes, high cholesterol, smoking, and obesity, on the other hand, are serious risk factors for vascular disease that can be managed with certain lifestyle changes.
Eating a healthy diet, exercising most days of the week, and seeing your physician regularly to manage any existing chronic health conditions can go a long way toward preventing vascular disease. To locate a skilled physician serving the New Orleans community, contact the Tulane Medical Center physician referral line at (504) 302-0664 today.
Last updated 3 months ago
Spine surgery may be performed for a variety of reasons, but is generally used to treat problems with the intervertebral discs. While recovery from spinal procedures is often rapid, it can still be very beneficial to prepare for ahead of time. Read on to learn more about what you can expect following your upcoming spine surgery and what you can do to facilitate a comfortable healing process.
Ask Your Doctor for Advice
Communicating with your surgeon and healthcare team before the procedure will help you get a much clearer picture of what your post-surgical experience will be like. The duration of your healing process will depend on your condition before the surgery, the type of procedure performed, and many other factors. If you are expected to experience any discomfort after the surgery, ask your physician about which pain management options are the most appropriate.
For some spine surgeries, a specialized back brace may be necessary. The type of brace will depend on your unique needs; you may have an elastic corset-like brace or a fully molded body brace. Knowing which type of brace you can expect after surgery can help you to prepare comfortable, breathable clothing to wear beneath it before you undergo surgery. If necessary, you will also be able to organize help for putting on or removing the brace as needed.
Following a post-operative rehabilitation program is an instrumental part of a healthy, rapid recovery from spine surgery. Working with a trained physical therapist not only helps ease post-operative discomfort and facilitates efficient healing, but also promotes feelings of wellness and can even reduce the likelihood of future back pain.
If you have any further questions about preparing for your upcoming surgical procedure, do not hesitate to contact the healthcare experts at Tulane Medical Center. Our staff is always available to answer your health-related questions. Call us today at (504) 302-0664.
Last updated 3 months ago
Your heart is the pump behind your body’s circulation. To keep blood pumping in the right direction at all times, the heart is outfitted with specialized valves that allow access to each chamber while preventing backflow.
This video provides helpful insight into the anatomy of the heart’s valves. Watch to learn more about how this beautifully efficient design provides your body with the oxygenated blood it needs.
Keeping your heart healthy requires daily dedication to a balanced diet and physical activity. If you are looking for an experienced physician to help you on the road to a heart healthy life, contact the Tulane Medical Center physician referral line at (504) 302-0664.
Last updated 4 months ago
Abnormal heart rhythms, known as arrhythmias, are potentially serious electrical disturbances in the heart. To help diagnose these problems and plan an effective treatment, cardiologists utilize specialized electrophysiology (EP) testing. Tulane Medical Center offers expert EP testing along with our other specialized cardiology services. If you are undergoing an EP procedure in the near future, look through the brief guide below to learn more about what you can expect.
Preparing for the Study
Depending on your unique needs and health concerns, your doctor may ask you to avoid taking some of your medications a day or more before the study. You may also be advised to avoid food and water the night before your procedure. Ask your physician if you will need to stay in the hospital after your EP study—if you are allowed to return home immediately afterwards, be sure to ask a friend or family member to drive you.
During the Study
Before the study begins, a healthcare professional will carefully place an intravenous (IV) line into your arm, which will administer medicine and fluid during the study. Though these medications will make you relaxed, they will not put you to sleep. To prepare for the placement of the catheters, the physician will sterilize and numb the skin over the groin area. Guided by x-ray technology, the doctor will then run the catheters from the groin area to the heart to monitor its electrical activity. If your arrhythmia occurs, the physician may try to use medications to see how it is best managed.
EP procedures typically last from one to four hours. After the study is completed, the catheters will be removed and you will remain lying down for a time. Your healthcare team will let you know the results of the study and work with you to formulate an effective treatment plan. For more information about EP studies, contact the Heart Care Specialists of Tulane Medical Center by calling (504) 302-0664.
Last updated 6 months ago
For many people facing medical crises, treatment is only the beginning of their path to health. Once their initial care is finished, patients may also require rehabilitative services to help them develop their strength, stamina, and coordination. Tulane Medical Center rehabilitation centers allows both inpatient and outpatient options for those in need. New Orleans area residents can receive occupational therapy, physical therapy, and speech language pathology services from our rehabilitative specialists. Those who choose to undergo rehabilitative help on an outpatient basis may benefit from our hand therapy, lymphedema, and pelvic floor dysfunction services. Individuals staying at our inpatient rehabilitation center may take advantage of our transitional living and nutritional assistance. We also have pediatric therapy options for our youngest patients.
Would you like to learn more about the rehabilitation services at Tulane Medical Center? Call (504) 988-5263 to speak with a representative at our New Orleans hospital. We can see to it that you receive the rehabilitative care you need for a swift and full recovery.