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    Tips for Getting Back to Normal Life After a Heart Attack

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When you have a heart attack, the only focus is on saving your life. Cardiologists and heart surgeons spring into action to protect the muscle in your heart and restore normal functioning. Once that crisis period has passed, however, you’re faced with the task of getting back to your day-to-day life. That’s not always as easy as it sounds. However, many people who survive heart attacks still go on to live full, healthy lives. As you recover from this health scare, here are some tips to help you feel like yourself again.

    Face Your Emotional State

    It’s extremely common for people to feel depressed or anxious after a heart attack. Everything from fear of having another heart attack to frustration at the lifestyle changes your cardiologist is asking you to make can impact your emotional health. Don’t ignore these feelings. Talk to your doctor about your feelings of depression or anxiety. He or she may recommend counseling or medications to help you deal with your moods. Your emotional health has a tremendous impact on your physical health, so don’t delay seeking help.

    Follow Your Care Plan

    Following your heart attack, your cardiologist will work with you to develop a plan to reduce your risk of future heart problems. Depending on your needs, your cardiologist may recommend a healthy eating plan, an increase in exercise, and medications to control high blood pressure and high cholesterol. If you smoke, your cardiologist will help you quit. Stick to this plan carefully. You’ll feel better faster and be healthier in the long run.

    Don’t Avoid Activities

    Your cardiologist will tell you when you can return to things like exercise and driving. When you get the all-clear, dive back into your normal routines. While you should continue to pay attention to your symptoms, you’ll get your confidence back faster if you engage in your usual activities right away.

    The heart surgeons and cardiologists at Tulane Medical Center provide emergency cardiac treatments as well as post-heart attack care. We can help you get back to your normal life after a heart attack. To learn more about our cardiology department or our other services, including robotic surgery, call us at (504) 302-0664. 

    A Look at Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

    Last updated 5 months ago

    The Institute of Medicine recommends that women get about 11 eight-ounce cups of water per day and that men get about 15 to stay hydrated during the summer months. If that sounds like a lot of water to drink, you’ll be happy to know that you can get closer to those goals simply by choosing the right foods.

    Watch this video for some ideas of foods that keep you hydrated. Watermelon is an obvious choice, but bananas and chickpeas also have surprisingly high water contents. Add water-packed foods into your meals to battle summertime dehydration.

    To maintain your best health all year round, trust Tulane Medical Center. From our orthopedic surgery team to our expert cardiologists, we have the resources you need to stay well. Find out more about the services we offer at our New Orleans hospital by calling (504) 302-0664. 

    What You Need to Know About Heat-Related Illnesses

    Last updated 5 months ago

    During the hot summer months in New Orleans, the risk of heat-related illnesses is very real. It’s important to take precautions to protect yourself and your family from these potentially life-threatening conditions. If you experience the symptoms of heat-related illnesses, seek treatment in the ER at Tulane Medical Center. Here is an introduction to the health risks associated with excessive heat.

    What Are Heat-Related Illnesses?

    Excessive heat exposure can cause hyperthermia—also known as overheating of the body. Even very short spells of hyperthermia can cause heat-related illnesses.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 618 people die each year in the U.S. from heat-related illnesses. The elderly, infants, people with chronic medical conditions, and obese people have the greatest risk of experiencing heat-related illnesses. Outdoor workers also have an increased risk.

    What Are the Types of Heat-Related Illnesses?

    There are several different kinds of heat-related illnesses. Heat rash is one of the most minor. It causes clusters of red blisters and is most common in children. Heat cramps are muscle cramps that occur as a result of dehydration. Heat exhaustion causes fatigue, thirst, and dizziness. Heat stroke is the most serious heat-related condition. People with heat stroke may experience nausea, vomiting, fainting, confusion, and coma. It is a medical emergency that requires immediate care in the ER.

    How Are Heat-Related Illnesses Treated?

    Prevention is the best way to deal with heat-related illnesses. Stay hydrated and avoid the sun during peak hours. Getting into the shade or an air conditioned building and drinking water can help reverse heat cramps and heat exhaustion. A person with heat stroke must get emergency care. While waiting for help, a person with heat stroke should be moved to the shade and given cool drinks, if possible.

    The ER at Tulane Medical Center can offer life-saving treatments for people with heat-related illnesses. Our New Orleans hospital offers a range of services, including robotic surgery, cardiology, and orthopedic surgery. Find out more by calling (504) 302-0664 today. 

    What Is Unstable Angina?

    Last updated 6 months 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) 988-5263. 

    How to Prepare for Your First Appointment with a Cardiologist

    Last updated 6 months 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) 988-5263. 

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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