Dr. Richard Rust serves as an anesthesiologist at Northside Anesthesia Services in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he works to ensure patients’ comfort and safety during surgery. In cases of elective surgery, Dr. Richard Rust may help to determine whether a patient’s heart is strong enough for anesthesia.
General anesthesia keeps patients insensible to pain during surgery by rendering them unconscious. In doing so, however, the anesthetic drugs also suppress several of the body’s core automatic functions, including heartbeat and circulation. Because certain procedures put a higher strain on the heart, patients with pre-existing heart conditions may be at higher risk of heart problems, such as myocardial infarction (heart attack), during surgery. Fortunately, there are preventive steps that an anesthesiologist can take, provided that patients disclose those elements of their history.
Full disclosure of medical history is also essential to an anesthesiologist’s ability to prevent irregular heart rate during surgery. This irregularity, known as arrhythmia, may occur when the heart adjusts to compensate for surgery-related changes in blood flow. Because certain medications can increase these risks, anesthesiologists must also be alerted of patient medication regimens.
A heart condition does not necessarily mean that a person will experience any of these complications, but it may mean that a patient’s doctor will caution against elective surgery. If the surgery is medically necessary, however, the patient will need extremely close monitoring by a qualified anesthesiologist.
An Indiana University School of Medicine graduate, Dr. Richard Rust works as an anesthesiologist at Northside Anesthesia Services in Indianapolis, Indiana. When he isn’t working with patients at his Indianapolis-based office, Dr. Richard Rust enjoys studying the science behind weightlifting and physical fitness.
Perhaps the biggest mistake that beginning weightlifters make is focusing on specialized lifts that target small muscle groups. This technique, known as isolation training, has its place, but beginners are best served by focusing on lifts that target multiple muscle groups.
Lifts such as squats, overhead presses, cable (or bent over) rows, and bench presses work several muscle groups and help build overall strength, which lays the foundation for isolation lifts down the road. Beginners should start with a basic routine and make small changes over time.
All weightlifters should lift no more weight than they can control. Developing good form is more important than finding the absolute maximum amount of weight you can lift. Focusing on form will prevent errors that can result in injury.