People who have coronary artery bypass graft surgery hope the procedure will prevent heart attacks and help them live longer. But bypass, which adds blood vessels to detour around blocked arteries, is not perfect: While it can greatly improve blood flow, it may not restore circulation to all of the heart areas starved of blood. If a patient has angina, or chest pain, after bypass surgery, cardiologists usually take this as a sign that blockages may remain. In these cases, patients frequently are given a thallium stress test to determine how well the surgery improved blood flow, and whether patients need further treatment. Continue reading “Exercise Testing After Bypass Post 1”
Congressional Democrats are pushing a broader proposal to cover 80 percent of prescriptions for all Medicare recipients. Bush promised a Medicare overhaul in his campaign, but maintains that the quickest way to help the most vulnerable seniors pay for medicine is to give money to the states to fund their own drug-assistance programs.
Martha Beery takes 25 pills every day. The 87-year-old woman, who broke her back in 1999, has osteoporosis and emphysema. She spends her days at her daughter’s house breathing with the aid of an oxygen tank.
The goal of treatment of tennis elbow is to relieve pain and allow the tendon in the elbow to heal. This can usually be done without surgery (called conservative treatment).
Basic treatment options include:
Conservative treatment such as rest, the use of ice and anti-inflammatory drugs, and a rehabilitation program.
Surgery may be considered if there is persistent elbow pain after a reasonable period of conservative treatment. Surgery usually involves cutting (releasing) the tendon, and removing damaged tissue from the tendon. In some cases, tendon tears may be repaired. Continue reading “Tennis Elbow”
During puberty some people worry about how they look. Boys may worry because they don’t have to shave yet, or about the size or shape of their penis. Girls may worry about when they will get their period or about the size of their breasts. Both may worry about pimples, or being shorter or taller than their friends. Continue reading “Worried About the Way You Look”
Many generic products look a lot like their brand-name counterparts, probably to make you notice the less expensive version while shopping for the name brand. But generic prescription drugs don’t vie for attention on store shelves, so they have no reason to mimic their competition — and, in fact, they often look quite different. Continue reading “Don’t Mix Brand Name and Generic Warfarin”
Q.I’m 40 and injured my ankle a month ago while rollerskating. I had swelling and pain and also a bruise around my ankle. It still pains me, and I now have pain going up my shin as well as in my ankle. I can walk on my foot. Should I get it looked at? Could there be a fracture, or does a sprain last this long? Continue reading “Sprain or Fracture”