Why you need to tell your anesthesiologist about marijuana use


LETTER HALF OF NEXT WEEK. CHARLES: TIME NOW 12:50 P.M.. TIME FOR YOUR MIDDAY
PRESCRIPTION. WDSU MEDICAL EDITOR DR. COREY
HEBERT JOINS US TO TALK ABOUT
THE TOP HEALTH HEADLINES OF THE
WEEK…. STARTING WITH…. NEW STUDY
FINDS FRIGHTENING CONNECTION
BETWEEN WEIGHT GAIN AND BRAIN
HEALTH.>>YES WE KNOW AS WE GET OLDER
YOU GAIN A LITTLE BIT OF WEIGHT. WE ALSO KNOW THAT YOU MAY GET
CORTICAL SINNING. A NEW — SINNING. BUT IF YOU GAIN WEIGHT FASTER UP
TO 65, YOUR CORTEX IS GOING TO
THIN QUICKER. IF THAT HAPPENS, THAT SETS UP
MORE NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES, LIKE
ALZHEIMER’S. THE STUDY HAD PEOPLE IN IT,’S
WITH DIFFERENT BMIS. WITH THOSE INCREASED IN BMI,
THOSE PEOPLE HAD AN INCREASED
FITTING CORTEX OVER PEOPLE THAT
WERE JUST AGING AND NOT BEING
OVERWEIGHT. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS YOU’RE LOOKING AT
FITTING CORTEX AS YOU GET OLDER,
IF YOU GAIN WEIGHT QUICKER
ESPECIALLY BEFORE AGE 65. WE HAVE BEEN SAYING TO FOLKS,
YOU HAVE TO REALLY WATCH WHAT
YOU EAT BECAUSE IT IS A DIRECT
REFLECTION SHIP BETWEEN YOUR
COGNITIVE — RELATIONSHIP
BETWEEN COGNITIVE FUNCTIONING AS YOU GET OLDER. THAT’S GET THAT MIDSECTION DOWN
BECAUSE THAT’S WHERE MOST OF THE
PROBLEM IS. CHARLES: GOOD ADVICE THERE. LET’S MOVE ONTO TOPIC NUMBER
TWO. THIS IF Y SMOKE POT OR
MARIJUANA YOU NEED TO LET YOUR
ANESTHESIOLOGIST KNOW. WHY IS THAT?>>I CAME UP FROM A STUDY IN
COLORADO SPRINGS OR MARIJUANA IS
LEGAL. THE ISSUE IS THAT THOSE PEOPLE
THAT WENT UNDER THE KNIFE AND
HAD ANESTHESIA, REQUIRED
SOMETIMES MORE THAN THREE TIMES
AS MUCH AS THE PEOPLE THAT HAD
NEVER USED MARIJUANA. WHAT IS THAT MEAN? THAT MEANS THAT IF USED
MARIJUANA, IT IS POSSIBLE THAT
YOU ARE HAVING A HIGHER
TOLERANC FOR MEDICINES THAT
WILL YOU UNDER FOR ANESTHESIA. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN TO YOU RIGHT
NOW? IF YOU SMOKE A LOT OF MARIJUANA
OR TAKE EDIBLES OR USE IT IN ANY
TYPE OF WAY, YOU NEED TO LET
YOUR ANESTHESIOLOGIST KNOW THAT
YOU USE MARIJUANA AND TO WHAT
EXTENT, SO THEY CAN KNOW HOW MUCH MEDICINE TO GIVE YOU. THEY’RE SETTING UP INTERESTING
PARADIGMS HERE. BECAUSE IF I HAVE TO USE THREE
TIMES AS MUCH ON YOU-ON SOME OF
WHO SMOKES, I WOULD HAVE TO-WHEN
MY INSURANCE PAY MORE BECAUSE I
HAVE TO OPEN UP THREE BOTTLES OF
PROPANOL FOR YOU? BEING ABLE TO USE MEDICAL
MARIJUANA, THAT IS SOMETHING OUT
THERE IF YOU’RE SMOKING
MARIJUANA OR USING IT FOR
MEDICINAL PURPOSES ARE NOT. YOU REALLY NEED TO DO THAT
BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE A
DIFFERENCE IN YOUR ANESTHESIA. CHARLES: AND SOME UNINTENDED
CONSEQUENT IS THERE AS WELL.>>I WANT TO STAY ONE MORE
THING. I’VE HAD SEVEN CASES OF THE FLU
IN THE LAST WEEK. KEEP YOUR HANDS WASHED BECAUSE
THE FLU IS HERE. CHARLE