Got 15 minutes? Tune in to episodes from the Ochsner On Air library of Community Health Podcasts and listen to highly qualified Ochsner Health System team members talk about the health issues that affect you. Whether you want to know more about breast cancer, joint health, pregnancy issues or general health concerns, select Ochsner podcasts to hear complex topics covered in an easy to understand, straightforward manner - in 15 minutes or less.
Cancer Clinical Trials
By Greg Bizette, MD
Dr. Bizette discusses cancer clinical trials. Clinical trials are now available at Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore. The object of clinical trials is to answer experimental questions and improve treatment outcomes for patients. Trials can also gain clues for future treatment that will become available and change patient care going forward. The benefits to patients are numerous; they have the ability to gain cutting edge treatment in their own community and their results can benefit other patients in the future. Potential subjects are screened for inclusion and exclusion in clinical trials to ensure they are a good fit for the trial.
Dr. Bizette practices at Ochsner Health Center - Covington and Ochsner Health Center - Slidell. He can be reached at (985) 875-2828.
By Daniel Hake, MD
Dr. Hake discusses total ankle replacement surgery. Ankle replacement can be needed due to painful arthritic disease or if someone has had a previous ankle fusion. The surgery takes about 3 hours. Recovery starts after the surgery is completed and includes immobilizing the ankle and then a physical therapy program. The goal after surgery is less pain and increased mobility. Total ankle replacement is not as common as total knee or hip replacement but advancements have been made in the technology. Healthy lifestyles and good weight control are ways to keep your ankles strong and healthy.
Dr. Hake practices at Ochsner Health Center - Covington. He can be reached at (985) 875-2828.
Stress and the Heart
By Carl “Chip” Lavie, MD
Dr. Lavie discusses stress and heart disease. Physiological stress can increase heart disease risk factors including inflammation and raised blood pressure. Stress can also release hormones that can be detrimental to your health and lead to cardiovascular disease. There are 2 types of stress: acute and chronic. Acute stress can be brought upon by physical or mental factors, including during sporting events and natural disasters, and can lead to heart attacks. Stress combined with a family history does also have an impact on heart health.
Dr. Lavie practices at Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Health Center - Metairie, Ochsner Health Center - Slidell, and Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital.
He can be reached at (504) 842-5874.
By Cheri Oser, Unit Director for Women and Neonatal Services at Ochsner
Couplet care places the newborn baby in the same hospital room as the room from the time after deliver until discharge from the hospital. This means the same nurse takes care of both the mom and the baby. This process can be very beneficial to both the mom and the newborn baby, with the main benefit being promotion of family bonding time. The time the mom and baby spend together also helps to start the breastfeeding process.
For more information on Ochsner Neonatal Services, click here: http://www.ochsner.org/services/neonatology/.