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THE TIMES, MARCH 22, 2018 PAGE 8 limitations By PROF. RANDOLPH HOWES M.D PhD (EDITOR'S NOTE: Longtime medical columnist for The Times, the author is an accomplished surgeon, medical inventor, and Country music recording artist. Dr. Howes grew up on his parents' Ponchatoula strawberry farm. He is a gradu- ate of St. Joseph, Ponchatoula High School, Southeastern, Tulane - two doctorates, followed by a residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in plastic surgery. He says he is "retired" now in Kentwood. The docto s column appears on facebook.com]the- ponchatoulatimes and on facebook.com/theindependencetimes. It is also available online at ponchatoula.condptimes) Some patients may have placed a little false hope in long- term heart bypass surgery. In 2010, experts found, "The bypass operation did not improve survival for heart failure patients who already were taking medicines to con- trol risks like high cholesterol and high blood pressure." Doctors assumed bypass would cut deaths by 25 per- cent. But after nearly five years, the study of 1,200 heart failure patients showed that about the same number in each group had died. Actually, for the first two years, there were more deaths among those given surgery versus the others. In addition to the new knowledge about a"special pe- riod of attention" 8-10 years after the bypass surgery, the first month is particularly critical. Within the first 30 days after bypass surgery, pa- tients have an increased risk of dying in connection with the operation, which is not in it. self new. The survival rate for bypass patients who make it through the first month after the operation is close to that of the population in general. But, 8-10 years after a heart bypass operation, mor- tality increases by 60-80 per cent. This is new and impor- tant knowledge for the doctors who monitor these patients. This is the main conclusion in 2017 of a comprehensive national register-based study that sheds light on the 30 year prognosis following a heart bypass operation, on 51,000 Danish patients who had un- dergone surgery in the period 1980 - 2009. Dr. Kasper Adelborg was mm the primary author of the pub- w lication, "Thirty-Year Mor- tality After Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery. A Dan- ish Nationwide Population- Based Cohort Study," which was published in the journal Circulation'. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. Dr. Howes Adelbor~s study showed that ten-year-survivors have an increased mortality when compared with the general population. This may be due to the fact that the disease is progressive and that the ath- erosclerosis or hardening of the arteries increases, or that the implanted material begins to fail. There will naturally be differences in the progno- sis from patient to patient. So, the clinicians who are in contact with the patients should therefore assess their prognosis individually - and there are special reasons to do this after the initial eight-ten years, as we now know that 'something happens. Adelborg said, "It is well- known that there are risks associated with a complicated operation in the heart, but fortunately mortality in con- nection with the surgery itself is quite low. What is new is that we have precise figures for the prognosis, including the long-term prognosis for patients who have undergone bypass surgery." In the America that I love, we must be aware of the long- term benefits or limitations of major cardiac surgical proce- dures, like heart bypass sur. gory. What to know about your drinking water StatePoint Having clean, uncontaminated water to drink at home and on-the-go is one of the most essential compo- nents to keeping your family safe and healthy. Unfortunately, safe water is not necessarily a given. A recent study, pub- lished by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found that in 2015, nearly 21 million people relied on communi- ty water systems that vio- lated health-based qual- ity standards. WhatfigTMs more, the risks to your tap water are heightened dur- ing special circumstances like natural disasters and other emergencies. To help ensure you are hydrating healthfully all the time -- at home, in your community, on trips or in emergencies consid- er investing in an easy-to- maintain water filtration device that can be used anywhere in order to im- prove water quality. One example is LifeStraw, first intro- duced for people in devel- oping countries without access to safe water and for victims following nat- ural disasters. The com- pany now makes a range of water filters and puri- fiers designed for uses like emergency preparedness, outdoor recreation, travel and everyday hydration. The refillable LifeStraw Go 2-Stage water bottle features a built-in filter, and removes 99.9999 per- cent of waterborne bacte- ria (including E. coli and salmonella), 99.999 per- cent of protozoa while also reducing chlorine organic chemical matter and bad taste. Suitable for kids, the LifeStraw Play model, a 10-oz water bottle de- signed for everyday use, incorporates the same technology with a sturdy kid-friendly leak-proof design. LifeStraw is avail- able online and at your lo- cal Walmart, Target and Sam's Club. What's great is this is also a company that gives back -- for every LifeStraw product purchased, a school child in a commu- nity in need receives safe water for an entire school year. So far, the program has supported more than one million school chil- dren. Keep in mind that ac- cess to clean water is a persistent and global is- sue. By 2050, at least one in four people is likely to live in a country affected by chronic or recurring shortages of fresh water, according to the United Nations. This highlights the growing need to take precautions both at home and when you travel, and to invest in products that give back. To do everything you can to keep your family healthy and safe, start by taking steps to improve the water you drink. THE TERRY ANN McMAHON MEMORIAL LABYRINTH AT ROSARYVILLE Labyrinths have existed for over 2,000 years. Be a part of this addition to our community by donating to help build the Terry Ann McMahon Memorial Labyrinth. This labyrinth path will be stained green on a 60'X60' concrete slab requiring little upkeep. Open to the public at no charge. A great attraction for Rosaryville and Tangipahoa Parish. Send your donation or stop by Rosaryville's gift shop for some labyrinth charm jewelry. Attn: Labyrinth Fund 39003 Rosaryville Rd. Ponchatoula, LA 70454 The Krewe of Erin began the project in honor of Terry Ann McMahon, co-founder of the Krewe of Erin and greatly missed community advocate. HOME OF FANATICAL BANKING 27 locations to serve you I 888.375.3093 I fgb.net f into APY means Annual Percentage Yield. APY mumu pa inoipal and interest remain on depomlt for a full r ~t ourrent rate. The APY im acotwate am of 2/2812018. minimum balance r lttWed to open an ace0unt and earn the advertised APY Is *500. A penalty may be impceed for early withdrawal. Fees can reduce emmin on the account. Cannot be combined with an r other CD bump, or offer. At maturity, the CD will automatically renew for the same term at the prevailing rate urdeu redeemed within 10 days of maturity. Rates and offer are subject to change without notice. Contact a FL,st Guaranty Bank representative for more details. MEMBER FDIC Times Internet Edition -- www.ponchatoula.comlplimes E-Mail: ed tor(a)ponchatou a.com or t mesot ndependence@gm,d (om !