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Recent Podcasts

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke

By Nancy Bellemare, MD

Dr. Bellemare, of the Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner Emergency Department, discusses Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke. Heat Exhaustion is a condition when people exercise, either through work or play, in hot humid environment and they have an excess loss of body fluids, meaning that they are sweating excessively.  This causes the body to overheat and leads to an elevation of the body temperature.  The symptoms include: paleness, coolness to the skin, sweating, muscle cramps, being faint or dizzy, weakness, headaches, excessive thirst, and nausea. How to treat heat exhaustion: rest in a cool shaded area, drink cool fluids, loosen the clothing, and avoid caffeinated drinks.
Heat stroke is a more serious version of heat exhaustion.  The cooling process of the body, which is controlled by the brain, can shut down due to the excessive elevation of the body temperature.  The symptoms are similar to those of heat exhaustion but are more severe and can include: abnormal mental status - confusion, flushed skin, and unconsciousness.  Heat stroke should be treated by seeking immediate medical attention at a hospital.  It is important to remember heat safety to avoid these conditions.

Dr. Bellemare practices at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner. She can be reached 1-866-OCHSNER.

Neuroendocrine Tumors

By Eugene Woltering, MD

Dr. Woltering discusses neuroendocrine tumors and their treatment at The Neuroendocrine Program at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner.
It is a rare hormone producing tumor that affects neuroendocrine cells and are present throughout the nervous and endocrine systems. Most of the time it is very slow growing and it is often difficult to diagnose. The patient may present with vague symptoms such as flushing, diarrhea, palpitations, cardiac disease or wheezing. Because of the difficulty in diagnosing these tumors, diagnosis is delayed on average of 10 years. Neuroendocrine tumors can originate anywhere in the body. Carcinoid tumors, however, are the most common detected and are usually found in the lungs or GI tract. Neuroendocrine treatment is multi-disciplinary, with local and systemic forms of therapies available. With new agents on the horizon, it now becomes the challenge to shrink the disease, while continuing to improve the quality of life.

Dr. Woltering practices at Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner.  He can be reached at (504) 464-8500.

Heart Attack vs. Cardiac Arrest

By Stephen Jenkins, MD

Dr. Jenkins discusses the difference between a heart attack and cardiac arrest. A heart attack is a blockage of the coronary artery where the blood flow is limited and the person has damage to their heart muscle. Cardiac arrest is a problem with the electrical rhythm of the heart where you develop conditions and the heart muscle become chaotic and no longer properly pumps blood.  Causes for these conditions include the following risk factors: diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol and are generally the same risk factors as those associated with heart disease.  Patients that are more at risk are those with more risk factors. Prevention is the key when it comes to heart disease. Risk factors can be limited by living a healthy lifestyle through healthy eating and regular exercise.

Dr. Jenkins practices at Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner, and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital. He can be reached at (504) 842-7690.

Bariatric Surgery

By William Richardson, MD

Dr. Richardson discusses the bariatric surgery, also known as surgical weight loss procedures.  The latest advancements in bariatric surgery are done laparoscopically meaning the surgery is less invasive for the patient.  This can lead to a faster recovery time and less complications. Good candidates have to follow very stringent guidelines and most importantly be ready to make a significant lifestyle change with the goal of loosing weight.

Dr. Richardson practices at Ochsner Medical Center. He can be reached at (504) 842-4070.

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