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February 22, 2011

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Does Your Heart Skip a Beat? If So, You May Have Atrial Fibrillation (A-Fib).

Arrhythmias, or electrical problems of the heart, affect five million people each year. When the electrical impulses that cause the heart muscle to contract are not transmitted normally, an arrhythmia or irregular heartbeat occurs. Arrhythmias can take place in a healthy heart, but they may also indicate a serious problem and lead to heart disease, stroke or sudden cardiac death.

During a traditional atrial fibrillation ablation, specially trained doctors called electrophysiologists use catheters to build an electrical roadmap of the heart and then destroy cells around the heart that are causing the abnormal heartbeat.  Previously, patients would have had to travel out of state and wait six to eight months to have this procedure done.  Now, they can receive this same procedure at Our Lady of the Lake.  The hospital is among the first in Louisiana to use new technology and procedures to treat abnormal heart rhythms resulting in greater precision and minimal invasion.

Our Lady of the Lake patients now have two options for this procedure.  The first includes robotic technologies using 3D vision.  The second is called convergent where the electrophysiologist and cardiothoracic surgeon work as a team to combine the best of both traditional catheter and surgical ablation treatments.  Our patients tell us that this procedure has made a world of difference in improving their lifestyles and they are so thankful that they didn’t have to leave home to have it done.

Learn more about this new procedure.

Groundbreaking for Medical Complex in Livingston

Our Lady of the Lake recently broke ground on Our Lady of the Lake Livingston, a 140,000 square foot medical complex. The medical complex will include a free-standing emergency room – the first of its kind in the state.  OLOL Livingston patients will have access to transfer services to OLOL in Baton Rouge when needed. Trauma patients will be transferred by helicopter.

Outpatient services such as a lab and imaging services like CT, ultrasound, X-ray and MRI will be available at this new facility. In addition, OLOL Livingston will house physician and specialists’ offices. Expect for this medical complex to open in the summer of 2012.

See more info about this new facility.

Are Your Kids Counting Sheep? Maybe They Should!

According to the Los Angeles Times, researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Louisville found that children who got less sleep and experienced “a mixed sleep pattern” were more likely to become obese. Over 300 children between the ages of 4 and 10 years old were observed in this study. 

“Helping a child with sleep disorders now will help prevent more problems in the future,” said Dr. David Thomas, Pediatric Pulmonologist with Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital.  Dr. Thomas specializes in childhood and adolescent sleep disorders. 

Worried about your child’s sleep patterns?  Call the Children’s Respiratory and Sleep Center to make an appointment with Dr. David Thomas.

Have You Gotten the Shot? It's Not Too Late.

Influenza activity is increasing throughout the state.  80% of positive flu tests reported to the state are not H1N1 but a different flu virus that is included in this year’s vaccine.   See your primary care physician as soon as possible to ask about the flu shot. 

Don’t have a primary care physician? Find one here.

Twilight Tweets About Children's Hospital

During his visit, Kellan met with several Children’s Hospital patients, signed autographs and even played a Wii game with one patient.  On his Twitter page, he said, “Hung out with the AMAZING staff and kids at OLOL Children’s Hospital, ololchildrens.org. Riley beat me at Wii :)”  
See more from Kellan’s day at the hospital when you Visit Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital’s Facebook page.

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