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How Pacemakers Work and What to Know if Your Doctor Recommends You Get One

Also known as a cardiologist’s panacea, a pacemaker is a small device that regulates the heart’s rhythm if the heartbeat is irregular, too slow, or too fast. It works by releasing electrical impulses to the heart muscle.

Pacemakers are generally used for heart conditions like arrhythmia, bradycardia, ventricular tachycardia, ventricular fibrillation, syncope (fainting spells), and heart failure. According to research, an astounding 3 million people live with pacemakers around the globe. In fact, as many as 600,000 pacemakers are implanted each year.

In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at how pacemakers work. We’ll also help you understand the different kinds of pacemakers so that you can have a more insightful discussion with your doctor.

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BCBS-TX Health Insurance Patients Now Considered at Houston Physicians’ Hospital Effective November 1, 2021

Here at Houston Physicians’ Hospital (HPH) we have always been committed to providing the highest quality health care to our patients at an affordable price.

HPH has continuously provided top-quality care and the highest value to our patients and will continue to do so in the future. We are also one of only three hospitals in the entire Houston area with a 5-Star Rating in Patient Experience from CMS.

To maintain the level of high-quality services patients have come to expect from HPH and to give BCBS-TX patients continued access to our services, we have been negotiating a new contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas (BCBS-TX) over the past year. During these negotiations, BCBS-TX temporarily suspended our contractual arrangement with them.

We are sending this letter to inform our patients that we will once again consider patients with BCBS-TX health insurance in-network and will resume billing as such starting November 1, 2021.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to continuing to serve you and your family’s healthcare needs.

Best,

Heather Womack, CEO

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3 Ways You Can Make a Loved One With Parkinson’s Disease Feel Supported and Loved

a woman caring for her mother with Parkinson’s disease

According to research, an astounding 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) each year. As a progressive nervous system disorder, PD manifests as a slight tremor in one hand, then, over time, other symptoms take hold. PD affects a person’s movement and causes rigidity, unstable posture, asymmetrical resting tremors, speech changes, impaired balance, and writing changes that become more noticeable as time passes.

If a loved one is struggling to cope with PD, make sure you provide the support, love, and care they need to feel better and manage their condition. Use this guide as a resource as you help them along their journey.

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A Closer Look at Spinal Fusion Surgery

If you have debilitating back pain that lasts months on end, see your doctor as soon as you can. Chronic back pain is not normal and there are treatments, depending on your condition, that can help alleviate or eliminate back pain.

Spinal fusion surgery is a procedure that many patients have undergone with tremendous success. Ask your doctor if it’s right for you. In the meantime, here are some things you should know while you consider the proper treatment.

Back pain recovery

But, what exactly is spinal fusion surgery? Let’s take a closer look at this surgical procedure and what you can expect from it.

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4 Alarming Signs That You May Need to Visit a Neurosurgeon

A woman experiencing a headache

Most people believe that a neurosurgeon’s job is limited to performing brain surgery. While surgical procedures definitely come under neurosurgeons’ work, they also diagnose and treat a variety of conditions affecting the nervous system.

So, when do you know that it may be time to see your doctor and possibly pay a neurosurgeon a visit? Before you keep reading about the signs that indicate the need of an immediate consultation, the good news is that it’s possible to find relief and get back to your normal life with proper diagnosis and treatments.

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All You (K)need to Know About Knee Replacement

Nearly 7 million adults currently living in the United States have had knee replacement surgery, according to research. Knee replacement is one of the most common procedures performed in the country, and it’s reported that almost 600,000 knee replacements are performed each year to help patients get their mobility back.

So, what is knee replacement, and do you need it? Let’s find out.

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