THE BUZZ ABOUT AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE BY DR. MELISSA REILY

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JUNE 26, 2014
“Autoimmune disease” is a buzz word these days, but are you left wondering what it’s all about? Have you thought you might have an autoimmune disease? Or, have you been diagnosed and wondering about treatment options?

Melissa Reily, MD, of Bozeman Deaconess Rheumatology will discuss what constitutes an autoimmune disease, common types, how these complex diseases are diagnosed and dispel the hype. Treatment options, both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic, will be discussed.

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PULMONARY EXERCISE TESTING

Measuring the body’s response to exercise unveils the fingerprint of an individual’s underlying health and disease. From these data, one can gain insight into a subject’s inherent athleticism, state of training, potential rehabilitation, and/or severity of heart, lung, or muscle disease. In other words, making accurate measurements and being able to interpret them are relevant to athletes, 'weekend warriors' and patients.

Using computerized cardiopulmonary exercise system that makes precise, instantaneous measurements during exercise, the physician can make breath-by-breath measurements of metabolic responses, for example, oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, minute ventilation, ventilatory pattern, ventilatory efficiency, anaerobic or ventilatory threshold while at the same time make measurements of cardiac response (EKG, blood pressure, etc.) identical to the stress test administered by cardiologists.

This testing looks at the whole chain of events of oxygen delivery to the muscle.
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