A collapse—your legs suddenly give way and you fall to the ground—is called by many names: fainting, passing out, losing consciousness. The medical term for fainting is syncope (SINK-a-pee). Before you actually faint, you are likely to experience one or more signs that it’s about to happen: sweating, lightheadedness, or a sense that your surroundings are going dark are some of the signs that precede loss of consciousness. Fortunately, most episodes of fainting are over quickly and are no … [Read more...] about Is It An Emergency If Someone Collapses?
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It almost feels that life never existed before the uninvited pandemic shut things down. We no longer hear music from local event venues or the activity of busy pedestrians traversing city streets during a busy workday. While we are in a phase of re-opening to the public, there are rules. As of Wednesday, June 3, Texas began Phase 3 of reopening. All businesses currently operating at 25% capacity can expand occupancy to 50% with certain exceptions.Bars and similar establishments … [Read more...] about Social Distancing While in Public Places
Living and vacationing in climates with high heat and humidity make us vulnerable to heat related illnesses. Heat exhaustion is a precursor to heatstroke. Both are potentially life-threatening and require immediate medical care. Heat exhaustion is a heat-related illness that can occur after you've been exposed to high temperatures, and it is often accompanied by dehydration. There are two types of heat exhaustion: Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, … [Read more...] about Symptoms of Heat-Related Illnesses
Middle aged woman having heart attack. Concept photo with indicating location of the pain. Nearly half of all heart attacks have no symptoms at all — but that doesn't mean they're any less deadly than heart attacks with symptoms. They are described as "silent" because when they occur, their symptoms lack the intensity of a classic heart attack, such as extreme chest pain and pressure; stabbing pain in the arm, neck, or jaw; sudden shortness of breath; sweating, and dizziness. … [Read more...] about Silent Heart Attacks What Do Asymptomatic Signs of a Heart Attack Mean?
The medical name for a nosebleed is epistaxis. Nosebleeds are frequent in adults and children between the ages of 3 and 10. In most cases, they aren't severe and can stop on their own. They last from a few seconds to a few minutes (lasting a maximum of 15-20 mins) depending on how heavy or light the flow is. There are two kinds of nosebleeds. An anterior nosebleed occurs when the blood vessels in the front of the nose break and bleed. A posterior nosebleed occurs in the back or the deepest … [Read more...] about Is My Nose Bleed an Emergency?
4th of July is always reason to celebrate. Even this year with social distancing in place, families will still find ways to enjoy the day. There are many ways to get outside and have fun. We’ve compiled a list of activities that can turn fun into an unintended mishap which can mean a visit to the emergency room. What is your favorite thing to do to celebrate July 4th? Here is a list of the top 5 activities that can go from good to bad quickly and what to watch out … [Read more...] about 4th of July: Top 5 Accidents and Injuries
Gallbladder Function The gallbladder is a small, pear-shaped organ located in the upper right abdomen in the area between the chest and hips, right below the liver. It is a place where are bodies store bile from the liver. An abnormal functioning gallbladder will produce something called gallstones which can be chronic and extremely painful. Here is what you need to know about gallstones. Gallstones Gallstones are hard fragments that develop in the gallbladder made of protein, fat and … [Read more...] about Symptoms of a Gallbladder Attack
The human-to-human infection of COVID-19 is widespread across the world. Coughing, fever, and shortness of breath are primary symptoms found in most of the patients. COVID-19 also affects the lower respiratory tract, so those patients with chronic cardiovascular and lung disease are at high risk for complications of the disease. Many advisories have focused on the risk facing older people, those with chronic conditions such as diabetes, and people with compromised immune systems, such as … [Read more...] about Does Vaping Worsen the Risk of Contracting COVID-19?
It’s been months since researchers in China sequenced the novel coronavirus now known as SARS-CoV-2 or COVID-19. With billions of lives and trillions of dollars at stake just depending on a vaccine for COVID-19, scientists around the world are working 24x7 to create an effective and safe vaccinne as quickly as possible. However, by some optimistic estimates, the world could see a vaccine in the not too distant future. But with every vaccine, there are unpredictable unknowns. Or worst case … [Read more...] about The Race For A Coronavirus Vaccine
Texans with a green thumb or those who venture into the wild in this state have a lot to be thankful for because Mother Nature didn't short-change us on natural beauty. Lovers of the great outdoors will occasionally run across certain hazards, whether they're out in the woods or in the backyard. Our high humidity can lead to a host of fungal problems in our gardens. No one should eat unfamiliar plants and people should research what's in their yards before a young child or a pet accidentally … [Read more...] about Poisonous Texas Plants