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Posted on: 2/15/2015

Mardi Gras Safety

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Children’s Safety at Parades:

·         Pack a bag for the day that includes everything your child may need (diapers, hand sanitizer, snacks, drinks, etc.)

·         Always keep children within your line of sight. Never leave them unattended.

·         Be aware of what your children are catching. Toddlers and infants can choke on beads and trinkets.

·         Make sure children stay out of the street when a parade is rolling.

·         Avoid putting your child on your shoulders. A child can easily get knocked over and adults can lose their balance or trip/slip.

·         Ladder seats are a safe way for children to watch a parade. Ladders must be placed as far back from the street as they are tall. Always have an adult on the back of ladder for safety and ladder stability.

·         Choose a designated meeting place if you get separated.

·         Teach your children to find a police officer if they get lost.

·         Young children should have identifying information sewed inside their shirt or jacket, including their name and mom/dad’s contact phone numbers.

·         Take your child's picture with your cell phone before you head out for the day. If the worst happens, you can show police exactly what the child looks like and what they are wearing.

Posted on: 2/12/2015

Mardi Gras Safety

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Mardi Gras is a time for fun, family and revelry! Remember to be safe and consider the following safety tips so you can let the good times roll this carnival season.

 

General Safety Tips:

  • Bring your ID, insurance card and cash
  • Make sure your cell phone is fully charged and note that large crowds can affect cell phone usage.
  • Wear comfortable, closed toe shoes
  • Check the weather report and layer clothing appropriately
  • Watch where you’re walking! Sidewalks and streets can be uneven. Beads and other trinkets can cause you to slip or trip.
  • Make a plan to get to and from the parade route
  • Choose a designated meeting place if you get separated from your group.
  • Eat a filling meal before going out
  • Pack a bag with the following:
    • Water
    • Snacks
    • Toilet paper
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Sunscreen
    • First Aid kit
    • Poncho or umbrella
  • Know where the closest medical facility is
  • Know where the closest restroom is located

Posted on: 2/6/2015

How to Take Control of Your Heart Health

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It’s a common misconception that only individuals who are elderly and those who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular conditions need to pay attention to their heart health. In fact, everyone can benefit from leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, including children and teens. If you have been diagnosed with a heart condition, be sure to check with a local cardiologist before making significant changes to your lifestyle. Your cardiologist can offer some tips on managing your condition.

Undergo Screening Tests

Your cardiologist may recommend that you undergo some screening tests to assess your general health. A physician can evaluate your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar levels, and body mass index (BMI) to provide personalized recommendations for improving your wellness.

Revise Your Meal Plan

Eating heart healthy doesn’t have to mean cutting out your favorite foods. You’re much more likely to stick to a diet plan if you enjoy what you’re eating. Look for substitutes for foods that are high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. For example, instead of eating a cheeseburger, grill a delicious salmon burger with a whole grain bun. If you have a sweet tooth, flavor your baked goods with zero-calorie stevia, a natural sweetener, instead of sugar. Additionally, make sure you fill your plate with foods that are high in fiber, such as vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, in addition to lean proteins.

Exercise Regularly

Physical activity will support your heart health. However, be sure to check with your cardiologist before starting or changing your exercise program, particularly if you experience chest pain or dizziness. Increase the length of your workouts to at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity each week.

Tulane Medical Center has a longstanding tradition of excellence. Our cardiologists, heart surgeons, and other specialists are dedicated to meeting the highest standards of patient care and safety. New Orleans residents can explore our cardiology services by calling our patient referral line at (504) 302-0664 or visiting our website to learn more about following a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Posted on: 1/30/2015

Preparing for Kidney Transplant Surgery

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Transplant surgeries are procedures in which a diseased or damaged organ is replaced by a healthy organ that may be donated by a living or deceased individual. Kidney transplants, which are one of the most common types of transplant procedures in the U.S., help individuals living with kidney failure. If your surgeon has informed you that you could benefit from kidney transplant surgery, there are some steps you can take to get ready for the procedure.

Undergo a Transplant Evaluation

Once you’ve been referred for a transplant surgery, you’ll need to undergo a comprehensive evaluation. You can expect a physical exam, review of your medical history, and psychosocial assessment. You’ll also likely have a nutritional consultation to discuss healthy lifestyle modifications for the surgery. You can expect many different consultations with various specialists and many different tests before the surgery.

Update Your Health Information

If there is no kidney readily available to transplant, you’ll be placed on a transplant waiting list. The length of time you may spend waiting for a kidney is unpredictable – it may be months or years. You’ll need to stay in touch with the transplant team during this time to update your health information and submit blood samples.

Remain Constantly Accessible by Phone

While waiting for a kidney, it’s imperative that you remain accessible by phone 24 hours per day, seven days per week. If your contact information changes, you must immediately update your info with the transplant team.

Pack for the Hospital

Once a kidney becomes available, time is of the essence. You’ll need to rush to the hospital as soon as you get the call. It’s important that you remain packed for a hospital stay at all times. You may wish to place a bag with all the items that you’ll need in the trunk of your car or by your front door. Pack clothing and other personal items, in addition to your medications.

The Transplant Institute at Tulane Medical Center is a leader in providing kidney transplants. Our medical center in New Orleans also specializes in orthopedic surgery, heart surgery, back surgery, and robotic surgery, and offers extensive cardiology services. If you would like a referral to our Transplant Institute, a cardiologist, or another specialist, you may call (504) 302-0664.

Posted on: 8/24/2014

Tips for Getting Back to Normal Life After a Heart Attack

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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. 

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