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Posted on: 8/7/2014

A Look at Foods That Help You Stay Hydrated

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. 

Posted on: 7/31/2014

What You Need to Know About Heat-Related Illnesses

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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. 

Posted on: 7/11/2014

What Is Unstable Angina?

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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. 

Posted on: 7/3/2014

How to Prepare for Your First Appointment with a Cardiologist

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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. 

Posted on: 6/27/2014

Reasons Your Doctor May Recommend Knee Replacement

film x-ray of osteoarthritis knee patient and artificial joint

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) 988-5263.

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