Exercise Testing After Bypass Post 1

THE STORY
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”

Prescription Bills Rise for Elderly as HMOs Retreat. Part 2

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.

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Tennis Elbow

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”