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Dr. Curiel Interview — Treadmill Stress Tests

HealthCare Resources is pleased to work closely with Dr. Adolfo Curiel, a bi-lingual cardiologist. As we move through various topics/interviews with our physicians, we have interviewed Dr. Curiel regarding treadmill stress testing.

HCR: What exactly is a treadmill stress test? 

Dr. Curiel: Exercise is a common physiological stress used to elicit cardiovascular abnormalities not present at rest and as well, to determine adequacy of cardiac function. Exercise electrocardiography (stress test) is one of the most frequently used, non-invasive modes used to assess patients with suspected or proven cardiovascular disease. The test is mainly used to estimate prognosis and to determine functional capacity, the likelihood and extent of coronary artery disease and the effects of therapy. (more…)

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Interview with Dra. Adi Dominguez on Alzheimer’s Disease

We all seem to be touched by either a family member or friend who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease. Though the research continues, to date, there is no “cure”. We interviewed Dra. Adi Dominguez, a local psychiatrist who specializes in geriatrics about any pre-disease testing and prevention.

HCR: Is there an exam that can be performed to predict if a person will have the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s?

Dra. Adi: The Addenbroke cognitive exam or “ACE-R” is a brief, cognitive test for dementia screening. It was developed in Addenbrooke Hospital in the UK. It does a better job at detecting early signs of Alzheimer’s than previously available tests.

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Interview with Dr. Javier Diaz Nuñez, Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist

Since this is the time of year that so many folks are planning their return trip (or vacation) to Puerto Vallarta, we thought it would be a good idea to interview Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez, one of HealthCare Resources’ favorite physicians. He is an Otolaryngologist – but it is much easier to say he is an “ENT” (Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist.)

Pamela: Is there anything that one can do prior to boarding a plane for a flight, to “protect” their ears?

Dr. Javier Diaz-Nuñez, OtolaryngoloistDr. Diaz: If you have a history of ear problems with pressure changes, you should definitely do something preventative. The first thing is to make sure your nose is not “stuffed up.” If this is the case you may use a decongestant, such as Afrin, 1 day prior to the flight and then use it twice daily but not for more than three days. Be sure and read the instructions to make sure you have no contradictions. If the stuffy nose is caused from allergies, prescription antihistamines such as Zyrtec or Allegra are recommended to begin using at least 5 days prior to the flight along with a nasal spray of saline solution, which may be purchased over-the-counter.

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