February 15th 2020 - Dr. Fred Buckhold, Dr. Michael Lim, Dr. William Wright, & Dr. Henry Randall

Health Matters
Friday, February 14th
Dr. FRED BUCKHOLD, SLU Care general internist with SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.  The Coronavirus continues to dominate the health news.  Hundreds are now dead, thousands are ill, mostly in Asia.  15 cases now in the United States.  Lots of rumors and fake news about coronavirus.  Dr. Buckhold tells us what to believe and what not to believe.  This is NOT the start of the zombie apocalypse, and do NOT drink bleach to prevent it.  What can we do to protect ourselves?  Good hand hygiene and stay away from sick people.   Dr. Buckhold also talks about the most germ infested places in the home.
Dr. MICHAEL LIM, SLU Care cardiologist at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital.  The St. Louis Blues announce that defenseman Jay Bowmeester had an ICD implanted into his chest to help monitor his heart rhythm following his collapse Tuesday night on the team bench while playing in Anaheim.  What is an ICD?  How does it work?  Who needs one?  How active can you be after it is implanted?  Also -- what lessons can be learned from Bowmeester's tragic collapse on the bench?  Dr. Lim says this can happen to anyone, no matter how healthy or fit.  It also should remind us that we all need to know how to apply CPR if needed....and how to operate an AED...or at least know where one can be found in our office. 
Dr. WILLIAM WRIGHT, cardiologist with SSM Health Heart and Vascular Center at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital in Fenton.  Atrial fibrillation is the most common heart rhythm disorder in America.  More than 2.5 million Americans live with AFIB.  What is AFIB?  What are the signs and symptoms? Some people never have symptoms.  It's more than a flutter. What does it feel like?  How long does an episode last?  Who is at risk for AFIB?  What should you do if you think you have AFIB?  How is it treated?  Can it be prevented?
Dr. HENRY RANDALL, SLU Care surgical director of the transplant program at SSM Health Saint Louis University Hospital. New rules covering donated livers have just gone into effect.  The rules are designed to make sure the sickest patients get transplants first.  Right now there is geographic disparity where some states have long waiting lists while others have shorter lists.  Dr. Randall says this means patients in the St. Louis area may lose out on getting a liver transplant because another patient living in Chicago needs it more.  Previously, the donated organs pretty much stayed in the area where they were donated.  How long is the current waiting list?  How do you donate an organ?   What about a living donor?  How does that work and is that better?