Today, we live in an unpredictable world, and it appears to be getting even more unpredictable. We can’t know in advance when we will get sick or have an accidental injury. Most serious health problems take us by surprise. In a life or death emergency, are you prepared to know what to do until help arrives? Most people don’t preplan for emergencies other than to know how to dial 911. Sometimes, medical emergencies require immediate intervention. Knowing what to do in a medical emergency can … [Read more...] about Medical Emergency Protocol
Ideally, many people barely notice their hearts beating, which is natural. However, any noticeable change in the heartbeat should be concerning, be it slow or fast. Chances are, you're experiencing what's usually known as "heart palpitations," a term for feeling your heart is beating hard, fast or erratically. Although heart palpitations can be worrisome, they are usually harmless. In rare cases, they can be a symptom of a more serious heart condition, such as an irregular heartbeat … [Read more...] about Heart Palpitations: When To Visit The ER
How to Identify Arthritis Symptoms Worthy of an ER Visit Arthritis is a common malady. Nearly 50 million adults in the United States suffer from arthritis. However, do you know arthritis is not a single disease? It is a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions, and people of all ages can and do have arthritis. Generally, we define arthritis as joints disease, which includes swelling, pain, stiffness, and … [Read more...] about Arthritis Symptoms Worthy Of An ER Visit
Congenital heart defect or disease is a problem that affects the structure of the heart. It is mostly present at birth. Congenital heart defects can affect the valves, walls, arteries, and veins near the hearth or in the heath. They are capable of disrupting the normal flow of blood through the hearth and can be fatal if not detected early. In patients, it can slow down or disrupt the flow of blood or completely block it. The American heart association has estimated that 9 out of every 1000 … [Read more...] about Congenital Heart Defect Symptoms
We Texans love our sports. We love to watch them and cheer on our favorite teams and players. But we also love to play them ourselves. And sometimes on the field, on the court, or in the rink, accidents happen. Sports-related injuries range from very minor bruises to potentially life-threatening accidents. When an injury is serious enough to require emergency medical treatment it’s imperative that you know that it’s time to go. Should We Go To The ER? There are 5 major types of … [Read more...] about When Is a Sports Injury and Emergency?
Countless Americans deal with high blood pressure every day. But, when do the effects of hypertension require a visit to the emergency room? Extremely high blood pressure can cause severe life-threatening issues including stroke, aneurysms, heart attacks, and heart failure. Causes of Hypertension Situations that can cause hypertensive emergencies include: Forgetting to take your blood pressure medication Worsening kidney failure An interaction between medications or supplements … [Read more...] about Blood Pressure Emergencies
Caffeine is consumed by most of us on a daily basis. Sometimes we ingest it without even realizing it because approximately 60 different plants contain caffeine. How Much Caffeine Are We Consuming? Furthermore, the FDA does not require the amount of caffeine in a product to be listed. Most experts suggest the safe daily consumption level of caffeine to be 400mg or the equivalent of 10 cans of soda, 5 cups of coffee, or 2 energy drinks. Alternatives To Caffeine But caffeine isn’t … [Read more...] about Caffeine Awareness
It’s true that chest pain shouldn’t be ignored, but it’s also true that it can be caused by things that are not actually life-threatening. So when chest pain strikes, how do you know if you should make a trip to the ER? The truth is there really aren’t any hard fast rules In fact, up to 30% of heart attacks include symptoms that actually go unnoticed by the patient. This makes coming up with a solid set of guidelines pretty much impossible. So, when in doubt, seek emergency care right away. … [Read more...] about Chest Pain… When Is It An Emergency?
Shirley Temple warned us, “If you eat too much, you’ll awake with a tummy ache. But when is abdominal pain serious enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room? Hi, I’m Dr.Fisher, ER Physician here locally at Elite Care 24 Hour Emergency Room in League City. Quite often patients arrive at the ER complaining of a pain in their stomach. Sometimes the cause of this pain is serious enough to warrant a visit to us and other times perhaps a doctor’s visit could have been avoided. When … [Read more...] about Abdominal Pain