Healing just feels better out here.

Clearing Up Confusion About the Pap Test – Dr. Ralph Turner

Since the 1940s, the Pap test has been an invaluable tool in detecting cervical cancer in its earliest stages when it is highly treatable. But the American Cancer Society came out with revised guidelines as to who should have the Pap test and when. Those guidelines were not immediately adopted by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, creating a level of confusion among patients. U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler gynecology expert Dr. Ralph Turner clears up some of that confusion in the latest post to HealthConnection.TV.

The American Cancer Society and other medical groups came out with new guidelines for cervical cancer testing using the Pap test but the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists did not concur with the new recommendations until October 2012. Why the delay? (first question)

Under the new guidelines, who should get a Pap test and how often should she get it? (skip to 2:23)

It’s also recommended now that women get a human papillomavirus, or HPV, test along with the Pap test. Why is the HPV screening important? (skip to 5:56)

What led to these recommended changes? Why were they necessary? (skip to 6:46)

One recommendation that did not change is related to women under the age of 21. The guideline is that these women should not be screened for cervical cancer or HPV. Given the increase in sexual activity in this age group, it would seem important that they be screened. (skip to 8:28)

Sixty percent of women in the U.S. who have had a total hysterectomy and who no longer have a cervix are still getting the Pap test which screens for cervical cancer. Why is this happening? (skip to 9:40)

Given that it is no longer recommended that women get a Pap test once a year, do women still need an annual visit with the doctor? (skip to 11:17)

Work as Hard for Your Heart as it Works for You – Dr. Dudley Goulden

Did you know your heart is a muscle just like the biceps in your arm or the quadriceps in your legs? It’s considered to be the hardest working muscle in your body; beating more than 3.5 billion times during an average lifespan. And like any hard-working muscle, your heart needs a healthy diet, regular exercise, and a good night’s sleep to stay healthy. But what actually happens to this vital muscle over time when you have diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol? U.T. Health Science Center at Tyler cardiologist Dr. Dudley Goulden answers questions about maintaining a healthy heart muscle in this post to HealthConnection.TV.

Why do we call the heart a muscle? (first question)

What happens to the heart muscle during a heart attack? (skip to 1:03)

How does congestive heart failure affect the heart muscle? (skip to 1:51)

What does the term “weak heart” mean? (skip to 2:50)

What do high blood pressure and high cholesterol do to the heart? (skip to 3:25)

How does cigarette smoking and other nicotine exposure affect the heart muscle? (skip to 4:50)

How does aerobic exercise change the heart muscle? (skip to 5:46)

What do you recommend for the average person with respect to aerobic exercise? (skip to 6:35)

What changes will a healthy diet make to improve the heart muscle? (skip to 7:13)