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.
A respected Indianapolis physician, Dr. Richard Rust is a member of the private practice group Riverview Anesthesiolgists, PC. Dr. Richard Rust has extensive knowledge of skin care and of the way in which skin can be damaged by the sun. The issue of sun damage is challenging, as many people seek out opportunities to tan as a way of enhancing the outward appearance of good health.
Unfortunately, the ultraviolet light contained in sun rays has a cumulative effect of damaging elastin. These skin fibers keep the skin tight and able to return to its original position after stretching. When the elastin fibers deteriorate, the skin becomes permanently stretched and tears and bruises can occur more easily.
With skin immune functions compromised, it is easier for pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions to occur. In addition, freckles, wrinkles, and sagging skin begin to predominate. While sunblock is effective in keeping out some portion of damaging UV rays, physicians concur that it makes sense to avoid prolonged exposure to direct sunlight, particularly during the hottest hours of the day.