Mary Gilliland Published 8:04 PM EDT Sep 18, 2018 It’s hard to feel comfortable in a room designed for euthanizing pets. Changing that is part of Dr. Kathleen Cooney’s mission. Stepping into the comfort room built on her family farm, you almost feel at home. French doors open to a garden. A quiet breeze, quotes and drawings from families cover the walls. Soft carpeting and couches fill the room. On the farm, tucked away off a dirt road in Loveland, Cooney converted her old garage into Guardian Pet Aquamation. Her business provides an environmentally friendly alternative to cremation for pets. For Cooney, a detail-oriented woman, it’s not just about the disposal of the body. What drives her is supporting families through the loss of their pet and providing them with options that best reflect their needs. “We want to spend time with them, we want to hear about their pet, and we want to hear about their life,” she said. When Cooney began her career in … [Read more...] about Guardian Pet Aquamation offers green alternative to pet cremation
Alternatives to open heart surgery
After battling Lyme disease and other ailments for nearly 20 years, Bridgitte Pascale tried "almost everything" to alleviate her pain without relying on opioids. Though doctors prescribed Percocet and muscle relaxers, she turned to acupuncture and later medical marijuana, which she says are the "only things that help" with the chronic aches and pains she manages daily. Such alternative treatments are emerging as safe havens for some patients concerned about the dangers of painkillers. But while many swear by the benefit, health insurance generally doesn’t cover them. "It can cost a lot of money," admits Pascale, a 56-year-old registered nurse who lives in Clearwater. "But it’s the only thing that helps the pain."ANYTHING FOR TYLER: How one Florida family risked everything to treat their son with medical marijuana. As lawmakers grapple with how to address the opioid addiction epidemic that kills thousands annually in Florida alone, some advocates are calling for greater … [Read more...] about Are medical marijuana, acupuncture alternatives to opioids?
MUNSTER — Cardiovascular specialists of Community Healthcare System successfully have performed the first transcatheter mitral valve replacement procedure in Northwest Indiana, the hospital system said in a news release.This highly complex minimally invasive technique, completed Feb. 21 at Community Hospital in Munster, provides a new treatment option for patients who have undergone a previous mitral valve replacement but are not candidates for another open heart surgery.Structural and interventional cardiologist Hussam Suradi, cardiothoracic surgeon Amjad Syed and interventional cardiologist Samer Abbas led the team performing the procedure. The TMVR team at Community Healthcare System also includes cardiothoracic surgeons Cris Carlos and Michael Eng.During the TMVR procedure, a catheter is inserted into the groin and threaded through the femoral vein up to the defective heart valve. The new mitral valve is inflated inside the old valve, using the surgical frame to secure … [Read more...] about Community Healthcare System performs new heart procedure
Dr. Susheel Kodali kept his gaze fixed on the four monitors suspended above the patient he was operating on at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center's Heart Valve Center. "You see, one of the keys to this procedure is imaging, because we're not opening the chest, so we use all modalities available including X-Ray and echo," he said. Kodali and his team have performed more than 1,200 transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures just like this one, more than any other institution in the U.S., since TAVR was approved by the FDA three years ago. It's a non-invasive alternative to heart surgery that replaces the aortic valve, responsible for pumping blood out of the heart, via a narrow tube called a catheter. The catheter is expanded using a balloon structure, much like a heart stent, and through it a replacement valve is fitted into place. Because TAVR does not stop the heart or require putting the patient on a heart-lung bypass machine, it's made treatment … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo A life-saving alternative to open heart surgery
As they still do, General Motors cars cruised the streets in the shadow of Detroit's Harper Hospital in 1952. Above them was the room of Henry Opitek, a cardiac patient who would come to owe his life to the engineers who built those cars — and who helped foster a partnership between the automotive and medical industries that continues today. The combined efforts of Harper's doctors and GM engineers would produce a miraculous machine — a mechanical device that would temporarily replace Opitek's heart. The operation was performed by a team led by Dr. Forest Dodrill, who had approached GM about a partnership, reasoning that pumping blood would be much like pumping gas. It saved a life and paved the way for heart procedures carried out today. And as the car world descends on Detroit this week for a glimpse of the future at the North American International Auto Show, visitors could spare a moment to look at history inside Harper Hospital, where one of the mechanical hearts is on … [Read more...] about How General Motors helped make the first successful artificial heart