Michael F. Magpile, MD
Specialty: Internal Medicine
Location and Office HoursScripps Clinic Rancho San Diego
10862 Calle Verde
La Mesa, CA 91941
- Anthem Blue Cross of California
- Blue Shield of California
- CIGNA HealthCare
- Community Health Group
- Health Net
- PacifiCare/Secure Horizons
- Sharp Health Plan
- United Healthcare, California
Do anesthesiologists administer blood transfusions?
Anesthesiologists administer approximately half the blood transfusions in the United States and are experts in making the risk and benefit assessments needed during a transfusion. Anesthesiologists are committed to the responsible use of the blood supply and to make the best decisions for patients.
What is an interventional cardiologist?
SCAI answeredInterventional cardiologists rank among the world's foremost authorities on cardiovascular disease and its treatment. An interventional cardiologist is a cardiologist with additional education, training, certification, and experience in minimally invasive procedures performed on the heart and arteries.
You might be referred to an interventional cardiologist for a test called an angiogram, which is used to diagnose blockages in your arteries. If tests reveal a problem, your cardiologist may recommend a procedure such as angioplasty or stenting. During angioplasty, the interventional cardiologist feeds a long, slender tube called a catheter into an artery. A balloon on the catheter opens at the site of the blockage, pushing a substance called plaque aside. Plaque builds up in arteries, eventually restricting blood flow. Angioplasty works to restore the flow of blood in the arteries. Sometimes the interventional cardiologist will also complete a stenting procedure, during which a tiny mesh tube called a stent is inserted into the artery at the angioplasty site to help keep the artery open.
An interventional cardiologist is a critical part of the care team that will be with you throughout diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention. Interventional cardiologists work closely with primary care physicians to coordinate patient cardiovascular care.
What is the difference between a registered dietitian and a nutritionist?
Rebecca S. Reeves, Nutrition & Dietetics, answered
Anyone can call themselves a "nutritionist", even a person who has not finished high school but a registered dietitian or "RD" has completed the education and experience stated below:
1. Earned a bachelor's degree with course work approved by ADA's Commission on Accreditation for Dietetics Education. Coursework typically includes food and nutrition sciences, foodservice systems management, business, economics, computer science, sociology, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology and chemistry.
2. Completed an accredited, supervised practice program at a health-care facility, community agency or foodservice corporation.
3. Passed a national examination administered by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.
4. Completes continuing professional educational requirements to maintain registration
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