Scott Kaiser, MD
Specialty: Emergency Medicine
- emergency medicine
- family medicine
Location and Office HoursHealthcare Associates Emergency Physicians
Overland Park, KS 66210
- North Suburban Medical Center
- Research Medical Center
What is the emergency room (ER)?
An Emergency Room (ER, or Emergency Department or ED) is a specialized hospital area that deals specifically with acute injuries and illnesses. In this context, "acute" can mean anything from a cold to a cardiac arrest, but is generally means something that requires diagnosis and treatment that is not immediately available in a physician's office. Typically, an ED will have the ability to do x-rays and usually CT scans, the ability to analyze blood counts and blood chemistries, the ability to detect infections and the ability to stabilize fractures for later definitive treatment. Most ED's are required to be open 24 hours and (except in very rural areas), must have a physician and nurse available at all times. The ED should have the ability and arrangements in place to transfer a patient quickly to a higher level of care in another hospital if the ED's own hospital cannot handle the patient's problems.
What are the benefits of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD)?
Over 90% of cardiac arrests are due to ventricular fibrillation: a chaotic rhythm in the lower chambers of the heart that causes the heart to contract in an ineffective and discoordinated manner. An additional 8% of cardiac arrests are due to ventricular tachycardia; a fast, regular rhythm in the lower chambers of the heart that may cause the heart to beat so fast that it cannot effectively pump blood to the body.
Implantable cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) are extremely effective—around 99%—at detecting and treating these two life-threatening rhythm problems. Without a defibrillator, the chance of surviving cardiac arrest and leaving the hospital without significant impairment is approximately 10%.
Is training in the water good for me?
National Academy of Sports Medicine answered
There are many positive benefits to training in water. Your natural buoyancy will take pressure off of joints and the water limits the amount of speed and balance required to perform various exercises. This makes training in water low-impact and a good setting to train in for individuals with chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and those with severe osteoporosis. Training in the water is also a great option for women in the late stages of pregnancy when the joints of their lower body are under significant stress due to the amount of extra weight they are carrying.
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