Five Star ER Live With Dr. Janna Welch & Dr. Shelly Sethi

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February is Heart Heath Month and we have been celebrating all month long here at Five Star ER! Our most recent #WellnessWednesday Facebook Live Segment on February 22 featured Dr. Janna Welch and special guest Dr. Shelly Sethi on heart health and wellness.

During our live segment, Dr. Sethi gave valuable heart heath information including answers to the following questions:

What kind of diet is best for cardiovascular health?

With a busy schedule, how can you fit fitness in your life?

What can you do to work out while at work?

What can people do to manage stress and weight?

Five Star ER Dr. Janna Welch also talked about the 2017 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge, presented by HEB. The Challenge is a 12-week competition that unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members, and mayors toward the common goal of transforming their community’s health. Dr. Welch is an individual participant in the Dripping Springs community and is asking that everyone to join in and commit to better health! Click here to register and sign up.

Dr. Shelly Sethi is a board-certified family physician with an emphasis on integrative and functional medicine. Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.

If you didn’t make the live stream, watch it here!

 

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American Heart Month

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American Heart Month

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. With February being American Heart Month, now is a great time to commit to leading a heart healthy lifestyle.

What is Heart Disease?

Heart disease includes numerous problems, many of which are related to a process called atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a condition that develops when a substance called plaque builds up in the walls of the arteries. This buildup narrows the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through. If a blood clot forms, it can stop the blood flow. This can cause a heart attack or stroke.

Who is at Risk for Heart Disease?

Heart disease affects both men and women. According to the CDC, about half of all Americans have at least one of the three key risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure, high cholesterol and smoking. Additionally, obesity and uncontrolled diabetes can contribute to your risk for developing heart disease. Some of the risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, such as your age or family history. But you can take steps to lower your risk by changing the factors you can control.

Medical Director Dr. Brian Aldred says, “Do not ignore the warning signs of heart disease such as chest pain, shortness of breath (especially with exertion), irregular heart beat or palpitations, and dizziness or fainting spells. If any of these symptoms are severe, you should call 911. One of the best healthy lifestyle interventions to reduce your chance of heart disease and strokes is following the Mediterranean diet.”

What Can You Do To Lower Your Risk?

The best way to help prevent heart disease is to lead a heart healthy lifestyle. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels normal and lower your risk for heart disease and heart attack. A healthy lifestyle includes the following:

1. Eating a healthy diet.

Eating foods low in saturated fats, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limiting salt (sodium) in your diet also can lower your blood pressure.

2. Maintaining a healthy weight.

If you have too much fat — especially around your waist — you’re at higher risk for health problems, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

3. Getting enough physical activity.

Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower your blood pressure, cholesterol, and sugar levels. For adults, the Surgeon General recommends 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise, like brisk walking or bicycling, every week.

4. Not smoking or using other forms of tobacco.

Smoking damages the lining of your arteries, leading to a buildup of fatty material (atheroma) which narrows the artery. This can cause angina, a heart attack or a stroke.

5. Limiting alcohol use.
Avoid drinking too much alcohol, which can raise your blood pressure.

Take The Five Star ER Heart Health Challenge

During the month of February, Five Star ER is challenging everyone to start one new heart healthy behavior and keep it going all year long! Not sure how to get started? Look at these ideas!

1. Check your blood pressure
2. Quit smoking
3. Add 10 minutes of exercise to your daily routine
4. Swap one unhealthy food for one healthy food
5. Lower your sodium intake by using spices instead of salt while cooking
6. Learn to better manage stress and anger
7. Know your family’s history of heart disease
8. Reduce your alcohol use
9. Know the signs of a heart attack and stroke
10. Involve your family and friends!

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. To find the location nearest you, click here.
This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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Does this need stitches?

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While minor cuts and scrapes will heal on their own, it is important to seek medical help for large cuts or wounds to prevent infection and ensure proper healing.

should I get stitches for my child?Small cuts or accidental puncture wounds happen to everyone from time to time and usually heal on their own with the help of soap and water and a bandage. According to Five Star ER Medical Director, Dr. Ken Domuczicz, “One of the most important aspects of wound care is the appropriate cleaning of the wound. This prevents infection and helps wounds heal faster and without infection.” For larger cuts or more serious injuries, stitches or sutures may be used to help close the wound, prevent infection and minimize scarring.

So how can you tell when stitches are needed and when they are not? Unfortunately, the answer is not as clear cut as it may seem. If you are uncertain of how serious an injury is or if you have any of the signs below, it may be best for you to seek medical attention.

When to Get Evaluated by a Medical Professional

It’s not always easy to tell if a cut requires stitches or if you need a medical evaluation. Ultimately, it’s up to your health care provider to determine if stitches are needed. You should seek medical care for any cut that:

  • Is more than ¼ inch deep or ¾ inches long
  • Has jagged edges or is gaping open so that the edges cannot be pressed together
  • Continues to bleed after 15 minutes of direct pressure
  • Is located across a joint (there may be damage to nerves, tendons or ligaments)
  • Is the result of an animal bite
  • Is the result of a contaminated, dirty or rusty object
  • Is on the face or another body part where scarring may be a concern

What to Expect When Getting Stitches

We understand the thought of getting stitches after an injury can be scary. If your health care provider has determined that you need stitches here some things you can expect.

  1. Your health care provider may administer local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure.
  2. An X-ray may be ordered before the stitches are put in to ensure there are no foreign objects or debris in the wound or underneath the skin.
  3. There are several types of stitches that can be used including surgical thread, dissolvable stitches and liquid adhesive.
  4. After the procedure, your health care provider will give you instructions on caring for the wound. These are important as they may include specific instructions on cleaning, bandaging, etc.
  5. Depending on the severity of the cut or wound, stitches may need to be in place for several days or a few weeks.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. To find the location nearest you, click here.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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Ready, Set, No! Common Fall Sport Injuries and How to Treat Them

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Injuries can happen to any child who plays sports, but knowing what to do after an injury occurs can help your kids get back in the game faster.

In a recent report, 90% of young athletes say they have been injured while playing a sport. In a separate survey, 54% of athletes who suffered an injury did not report it to their coach or parents in fear that they might miss an important game or let their team down. Youth sports not only helps kids stay healthy, they also promote a range of mental and psychological skills that can help later in life. Unfortunately, kids who play sports are also at risk for injuries that could have serious consequences if left untreated.

Sports Injury Children Emergency RoomDo you know how to spot the most common youth sport injuries? Read on to test your knowledge and learn when to seek medical help.

Sprains

Sprains are injuries to a ligament which is the tissue that connects two or more bones to a joint. When a sprain occurs, one or more ligaments is stretched or torn. While many activities can cause a sprain, they are more common in sports due to players falling, twisting or landing in a way that causes damage. Ankle sprains are most common.

Pain, swelling and bruising are the most common symptoms of a sprain. In most cases, the best treatment for a sprain is the R.I.C.E. method which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation. To learn more about the R.I.C.E. method watch this short video featuring Five Star ER Nurse Katelin Nicholes.

Even with appropriate treatment there are times that you should seek emergency medical help for sprains. Severe sprains may require surgery to repair torn ligaments.

Strains

Strains are injuries to a muscle or tendon. Tendons are the tissue that connects muscle to bone. When a strain occurs, the tendon or muscle is stretched or torn. Much likes sprains, strains are common in sports due to players falling, twisting or landing in a way that causes damage to a tendon. Strains can also occur from overstressing muscles or certain actives like lifting a heavy object the wrong way.

Pain, swelling, cramping and muscle weakness are the most common symptoms of a strain. In most cases, the best treatment for a strain is the R.I.C.E. method which stands for rest, ice, compression and elevation.

Just like sprains, strains may need to be evaluated by a medical professional to ensure surgery is not needed for a serious tear.

Contusions

Contusion is another word for bruise, which most people are familiar with. Bruises can be caused by the force of a hard surface against the body that does not break the skin. After an injury, blood will pool underneath the skin’s surface which causes the discoloration of the skin that most people associate with a bruise.  In most cases, bruises are mild and can also be treated with the R.I.C.E. method.

Fractures

A fracture, also referred to as a broken bone, is the complete or partial break of a bone. Fractures are the second most common sports injury after sprains and strains.

The most common signs of a fracture are pain, swelling and deformity of the injured area (may look like a lump or a change in the shape of the limb). In some cases, broken bones can be hard to identify if the break is non-displaced meaning the two pieces of bone are in line with one another. Because of this it is important to have injuries assessed by a medical professional to determine if x-rays or other tests are needed.

Concussions

Head impacts and concussions caused by contact sports are a quickly growing epidemic among young athletes. When left undetected, concussions can result in long-term brain damage and may even prove fatal. Dr. Greg Hadden, Medical Director at Five Star ER in Dripping Springs, says, “It’s important for parents and coaches to be aware of the injuries that can happen in youth sports. Youth athletes tend to underreport injuries and symptoms of injuries. If you feel that you child is injured, have them evaluated by a trained medical professional before they return to sports so that the injury doesn’t worsen and they can heal appropriately.” One recent study shows reported concussions are up 500% since 2010 in youth sports across the U.S. with most them happening during the months of September and October.

A concussion is a type of brain injury and occurs when a bump or blow to the head causes the brain to shift inside the skull. Because you cannot see a concussion, the signs and symptoms may not be immediately apparent. Common symptoms include headache, nausea or vomiting, balance problems or dizziness, blurry vision, sensitivity to light and sound, trouble concentrating, confusion and feeling sluggish/hazy/foggy or groggy. To learn more about signs and symptoms of a concussion watch this short video featuring Five Star ER Medical Director Dr. Brian Aldred.

It is important to seek medical attention right away if your child has a head injury or is experiencing signs of a concussion.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. To find the location nearest you, click here.

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