Most Common Health Issue Googled by Each State

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Frequent health concerns searched in Texas

Most common health issues googled by state.

As 2018 comes to a close, we wanted to take a look and see what Americans googled most this year. According to a study by Medicare Health Plans, we’re not only able to see the most searched health issues, but we can look at the topics broken down by each state.

What’s the most common health concern googled overall? ADHD, or Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. ADHD also happens to be the most frequently searched health topic in Texas.

Curious about the rest of the country? Check out the list below.

  1. Alabama — pneumonia
  2. Alaska — UTI
  3. Arizona — Hashimoto’s disease
  4. Arkansas — endometriosis
  5. California — syphilis
  6. Colorado — syphilis
  7. Connecticut — quarter-life crisis
  8. District of Columbia — HIV/AIDS
  9. Delaware — hypertension
  10. Florida — HIV/AIDS
  11. Georgia — syphilis
  12. Hawaii — Hashimoto’s disease
  13. Idaho — Escherichia coli
  14. Illinois — syphilis
  15. Indiana — ADHD
  16. Iowa — binge drinking
  17. Kansas — diabetes
  18. Kentucky — hepatitis A
  19. Louisiana — HIV/AIDS
  20. Maine — rabies
  21. Maryland — ADHD
  22. Massachusetts — ADHD
  23. Michigan — endometriosis
  24. Minnesota — hemorrhoids
  25. Mississippi — genital herpes
  26. Missouri — ADHD
  27. Montana — hypertension
  28. Nebraska — anorexia
  29. Nevada — skin cancer
  30. New Hampshire — ADHD
  31. New Jersey — breast cancer
  32. New Mexico — PTSD
  33. New York — breast cancer
  34. North Carolina — ADHD
  35. North Dakota — ear infection
  36. Ohio — syphilis
  37. Oklahoma — diabetes
  38. Oregon — HIV/AIDS
  39. Pennsylvania — syphilis
  40. Rhode Island — lupus
  41. South Carolina — endometriosis
  42. South Dakota — insomnia
  43. Tennessee — strep throat
  44. Texas — ADHD
  45. Utah — Hashimoto’s disease
  46. Vermont — opioid use disorder
  47. Virginia — ADHD
  48. Washington — body dysmorphia
  49. West Virginia — porn addiction
  50. Wisconsin — ADHD
  51. Wyoming — flu

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Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville, and Dripping Springs.

Why Cleaning Your Fridge can Improve Your Health

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How does a clean, organized refrigerator relate to our general wellness? 

Today is National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day. (Yes. It’s an actual day.) We collaborated with Erin Mursch, the owner of Organized for Good. She’s a professional home organizer based in Austin, Texas, and she sharing her advice on how to clean and organize your refrigerator. But before we know how to properly organize our fridge, we have to know why cleaning your fridge can improve your health.

Healthy Fridge means a Healthy Body

The food we put in our bodies directly impacts all aspects of our health. We all know this, but it’s easy to get caught up in our busy lives and develop unhealthy eating habits. On days like today, we need to take a step back, clean out our fridge, and remind ourselves how important it is to take care of our bodies.
Need a reminder? Let’s start with one of the most important organs in our body — the heart. Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in America — nearly 610,000 people die of heart disease every year. (That’s 1 in every 4 deaths.) A diet that’s high in fat, salt, sugar and cholesterol can contribute to the development of heart disease. On the other hand, eating foods like vegetables, multi-grain products like bran and oats, and fatty fishes can increase your HDL and lower your LDL cholesterol. You can lower your chances for heart disease by maintaining a healthy diet. Remember that the best way to take care of your heart is to take care of your health.
Clean Organized Refrigerator Healthy Food

Avoid Cross-Contamination

As you are cleaning out your fridge, remember to keep raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs separate from all other foods in the fridge. This avoids cross-contamination, which can help protect you and your family from food poisoning.

How to Organize your Fridge

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day? Does that seriously need a holiday?” I thought the exact same thing. But after further reflection, cleaning out the fridge is one of those things that doesn’t get done precisely because it doesn’t have an official day. Have you noticed that the little tasks you can take care of any time are the things that we never seem to get around to? We’re so busy, we have to carve out time in our schedules for literally everything. So today, I invite you to take the time to slow down and remove this from your mental to do list. Do it the right way, and it will feel like such a relief. Plus, with the holidays just around the corner, you’ll be glad you made space and took inventory of what you need to use up before the ice box is stocked with turkey and stuffing.

Naturally, as a Certified KonMari Consultant, my approach to cleaning out the refrigerator is inspired by the Queen of TIdy herself, Marie Kondo. Here is how to KonMari your fridge in 7 simple steps:

1. Commit to tidying your fridge.

Every journey begins with a single step, so decide that today is the day your fridge gets cleaned out, and affirm it. I’d block at least 30-40 minutes for this project. Less if there’s not much in there, more if it’s totally stuffed. If you share a fridge with others in your household, communicate your plans to them and get them involved if possible.

2. Envision your goal.

Take a moment to visualize your tidy fridge, full of all the things that you want to be eating as part of your healthy lifestyle. Imagine the fresh, crisp air, and the bright, white clean surfaces inside your beautifully organized fridge. That’s what we’re aiming for.

3. Take everything out & categorize.

Yes, remove everything from the fridge. This will allow you to see and personally handle each item currently taking up real estate in the fridge.

One of the KonMari Method fundamentals is to tidy by category, not location. So rather than randomly placing your fridge contents wherever they happen to land, group items by category and place them along your countertops, table, or other clean kitchen surface.

dressings and condiments
fruits
vegetables
beverages
eggs
meats and cheeses
leftovers
hummus, yogurt, other tubs and jars
other

4. Discard.

First, take a broad view of your fridge contents. Which are the largest categories? Does anything surprise you? Are you eating in accordance with your vision for your ideal healthy lifestyle? Don’t judge yourself, just notice. Then, get to work.

The next KonMari Fundamental we’ll apply to our refrigerator is to finish discarding first, and to decide what to keep by asking whether it sparks joy. Category by category, examine each item, check expiration dates and ask yourself if you truly want to consume it.

Food waste is no joke. If there is food that is still edible, see if anyone you know wants it before trashing it. If it’s ready to eat, offer it to a homeless person. My dog is another worthy recipient of scraps, so if you have pets, that’s an option too. Then, any remaining food waste that is unwanted or past its prime should be composted, and containers rinsed out and recycled. (Learn about Austin’s curbside composting program here.)

5. Clean out.

Now it’s time to truly clean out the fridge. Wipe down the shelves, crisper drawers and door compartments with a vinegar cleaning solution. In a spray bottle, mix equal parts vinegar and water and add 6-10 drops of essential oils for a great smell. I change up the essential oils by season- my favorite blends for the kitchen are pink grapefruit with lemongrass & sweet orange, or rosemary with cinnamon & peppermint. There are a lot of wonderful natural and great smelling products out there if you’re not into DIY, but since this is where we store our food, I avoid using bleach and other strong industrial chemicals. If you want to next level your natural DIY, check out Bon Appetit’s citrus vinegar cleaner.

6. Assign a home to each food category.

Wipe down containers when you return them so sticky bottles don’t muck up your clean surfaces. Where you decide to place each category depends on the design of your fridge, but use your best judgement to match the shape of each type of container to the best available space. Keep what you use most often in the easiest to get to zones. And here is a super specific guide to the best way to store your fruits and vegetables to maximize their freshness and taste.

Remove unattractive packaging and face labels towards the front so you can quickly see what it is. If you want to corral items that tumble over easily, opt for clear bins like these from Container Store. In this space, it’s important to see everything you have so food doesn’t get forgotten and go bad.

7. Maintain.

What good is a clean fridge if it doesn’t last? First, if you share your fridge, communicate your organization system and get on the same page about where items need to be returned after each use. If you notice leaky containers, swap them out immediately, and clean up spills as they happen — it doesn’t get easier once things evaporate and get sticky. Maybe invest in glass storage containers so your tupperware woes can be a thing of the past while you’re at it.

Finally, make a habit of inventorying your fridge every week before grocery shopping. Don’t go to the grocery store hungry, and know what you have so you don’t buy more than you can eat. You’ll save food waste and money. There are all sorts of apps for shopping lists, but I use a post it. Do what makes the most sense to you.

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Diabetic Emergency: How to Save Someone’s Life

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Diabetes is the 7th leading cause of death in the United States. According to the American Diabetes Association,  2015 alone, nearly 79,535 people died from diabetes. The symptoms of diabetes can quickly turn into a diabetic emergency. Therefore, it’s important to how to save someone’s life by following the simple steps below.

 

diabetic patient checking blood pressure doctor nurseHyperglycemia – Blood sugar level is too high

Signs & Symptoms in a diabetic emergency:

  • increased thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Shortness of breath
  • Stomach pain
  • Fruity breath odor
  • A very dry mouth
  • A rapid heartbeat

Hypoglycemia – Blood sugar level is too low

Signs & Symptoms during a diabetic emergency:

  • Shakiness or nervousness
  • Anxiety
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Sweating
  • Hunger
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Confusion

Very extreme cases can lead to loss of consciousness, seizures and coma.

What to Do if Someone is Having a Diabetic Emergency

It’s important to assess the situation because a diabetic emergency can be caused by two very different reasons. If the person is unconscious or unresponsive, always call 9-1-1 first. However, if the person is responsive, you can help them to test their blood sugar. This will help determine the right kind of help to offer. Low blood sugar is generally considered anything less than 80 mg/dl. A high blood sugar varies, but if the glucose meter says 250 mg/dl or above, it is considered high.

High Blood Sugar Reaction

If a diabetic is having a high blood sugar reaction, do NOT give the person any food because it could worsen the situation. More importantly, get them to an Emergency Room near you, as quickly as possible. They will be given the proper medical treatment to safely lower their blood sugar.

Low Blood Sugar Reaction

If someone is having a low blood sugar reaction, give them fast-acting carbohydrates to eat or drink. This could be juice, fruits, or soda. (Many times, diabetics will carry such food with them in case of a diabetic emergency.) Wait with the person and have them continue to test their blood sugar every 10 minutes.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is a freestanding Emergency Room that provides excellent 24 hour care. We are located in South Austin, Pflugerville and Dripping Springs.

This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with questions you may have regarding a medical condition.  Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking treatment because of something you have viewed or read on the internet.

If you think you may have a medical emergency, call 911, or go to your nearest emergency room immediately.  Reliance on any information provided by Five Star ER, its staff, or any others appearing in the blog is solely at your own risk.

 

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Six Amazing Facts about X-Rays

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This week we are celebrating National Radiologic Technology Week, which honors our nation’s radiologic technologists and the vital role they play on the health care team. We wanted to share some incredible facts about X-rays.

1. X-rays have been around for a long time.

X-rays were discovered and developed 123 years ago by a German physicist named Wilhelm Roentgen. Shortly after Roentgen’s announcement of x-rays, doctors started using them to detect foreign objects in the body.

2. X-rays are used in the art world.

In addition to their amazing uses in the medical field, x-rays have been used to examine under-paintings, which are rough sketches artists used to guide their final paintings. They have also been used to examine priceless artifacts, such as ancient Egyptian mummies or amber fossils, more closely without damaging them.

3. X-rays have influenced medical treatments.

Chest x-rays allowed physicians to detect shadows on the lungs earlier, making tuberculosis treatments more effective due to early diagnosis. Today, x-rays (radiotherapy) are used to treat some forms of cancer.

4. X-rays will always have an air of mystery.

The “x” in “x-ray” stands for “unknown.” Though scientists now know a lot about x-rays and what, exactly, they are, Roentgen named them x-rays because he detected the rays but didn’t know quite what they were.

5. The first x-ray did not impress the “patient.”

Roentgen’s first x-ray was of his wife’s left hand, on which was her wedding ring. However, when she saw the image, she was not impressed. She said, “I have seen my death!”

6. X-rays went through a period of novelty.

Until it was known that x-rays were dangerous for those exposed to them, there was an element of novelty. In fact, x-ray machines were at carnivals and circuses in similar fashion to photo booths. Many shoe stores also used x-rays to ensure a better fit of shoe using the shape and size of the bones detected in the x-ray images.

Source: ECPI University

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Cholesterol and Heart Health

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The heart gets a lot of attention in February, and Five Star ER wants to make sure the health of your heart gets the attention it deserves.

Heart Disease
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in America. Heart disease encompasses many different diseases, from congenital heart defects to arrhythmia. The most common type of heart disease in America is cardiovascular disease, which has to do with the blocking or narrowing of your blood vessels. This can lead to hart attack, chest pain (angina), or stroke.

Cholesterol
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that your body needs to build cells, but can be bad if there is too much. Your liver makes all the cholesterol your body needs and the rest comes from your diet, in foods such as meat, poultry and full-fat dairy products. There are two types of cholesterol — the “good kind” (HDL) and the “bad kind” (LDL). Too much LDL or too little HDL can cause damage such as clogged arteries, otherwise known as atherosclerosis. This can lead to stroke or heart attack.

High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is when the force of the blood pushing against your blood vessels is too high. High blood pressure causes your heart to work harder and less efficiently, which can result in loss of vision, sexual dysfunction, stroke and heart attack or failure. New standards for high blood pressure were released in 2017, which put a majority of Americans at risk for high blood pressure.

Heart Emergencies
Heart disease, high cholesterol or high blood pressure can all lead to serious emergency medical conditions, like heart attack or stroke. Symptoms of heart attack can include chest pain, dizziness, nausea, back/jaw pain, or tingling in arms. Stroke symptoms can include face drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek medical help immediately! In a heart emergency, minutes can make a matter of difference. Stroke and heart attack need immediate emergency medical treatment, like that found at Five Star ER.

Heart Health
The best way to take care of your heart is to take care of your health. Eating healthy, exercising and managing stress can all lower your chance for heart disease. Yoga and meditation are popular ways to lower your stress levels, and can be particularly effective in the morning when your chances for heart attack are highest. Eating foods like vegetables, multi-grain products like bran and oats, and fatty fishes can increase your HDL and lower your LDL cholesterol. Getting enough aerobic activity every week can also reduce your risk of heart disease. 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week, like walking briskly or mowing the lawn, is the recommendation.

If you think you’re having a serious heart problem, seek medical help right away! Five Star ER has all the services you’d expect at a traditional ER without the wait. If you’re having a heart attack a few minutes can make a huge difference! All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 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.

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.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Show your Heart Some Love This Valentine’s Day

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February 14 is all about the heart. Here are some fun facts to help you learn more about this vital organ, and maybe help you show your own heart some love today.

Your heart beats 100,000 times a day.

That means in the average human lifespan your heart beats 2,885,300,000 times! Your heart works hard to pump blood to the 60,000 miles of blood vessels in your body. Keep your heart healthy and pumping by making healthy choices, like eating right and exercising.

You’re most likely to have a heart attack in the morning.

According to Harvard researchers, you are 40% more likely to have a heart attack between the hours of 6 a.m. and 12 p.m. This is due to your heart’s natural circadian changes.

An electric system controls the rhythm of your heart.

This system is called the cardiac conduction system. This is also why automatic external defibrillators, or AEDs, can be life-saving devices in cardiac emergencies. Pacemakers are also used to help keep the cardiac conduction system in check for people with heart health issues.

Falling in love can cause your heart to beat faster.

In the early stages of a relationship, hormones like dopamine, norepinephrine and adrenaline are released. This causes specific physical reactions that include flushed cheeks, sweaty palms and a racing heart.

Women and men have different hearts.

While it’s commonly thought that men and women have different approaches to relationships, there are physiological differences in the heart of a man and woman. A woman’s heart usually beats faster and typically weighs 2 ounces lees than a man’s. There are also different symptoms of heart attack in men and women. Men and women experience chest pain, but women are more likely to experience neck or back pain, nausea/vomiting or shortness of breath.

If you think you’re having a heart attack, seek medical help right away! Five Star ER has all the services you’d expect at a traditional ER without the wait. If you’re having a heart attack a few minutes can make a huge difference!All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 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.

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.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Fight the Flu

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This winter has been one of the worst flu seasons since records began being kept, 13 years ago. The vaccine has not been as effective in protecting against this year’s dominant strand of flu, H3N2. The 2017-18 season started early, and the H3N2 virus has been deadly, especially in children. The flu season is expected to peak now, in early February.

Protect Yourself

If you have not gotten the flu yet, one of the best ways to keep you and your family safe is to wash your hands regularly with soap and water. Proper hand washing technique is to work the soap into a sudsy foam and wash your hands for the amount of time it takes you to sing the “Happy Birthday” song. Preventing the spread of germs is the best way to prevent the flu. Other ways to stop the spread of germs is to cover your mouth when you cough, wash your sheets regularly, and disinfect everyday surfaces like door knobs, remote controls, and cell phones.

Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of the flu have not changed this year. They include fever, aches, chills, fatigue or weakness, sneezing, runny nose, sore throat, cough, discomfort or pain in the chest, and headache. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you may have the flu. It is important to note that not all flu sufferers will have all these symptoms, including fever.

When to Seek Emergency Medical Care

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), you need emergency medical care for the flu if you are experiencing any of these symptoms: difficulty breathing/shortness of breath, severe pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, persistent vomiting, or symptoms that go away but return with fever a worse cough. Symptoms that would require emergency care in infants or kids may look different. If your child or infant is sick and begins to experience the above symptoms or any of the below symptoms they should be taken to the ER: fast breathing, bluish skin, not drinking fluids, not waking up or interacting, fever with a rash, being so irritable they don’t want to be touched, significantly fewer wet diapers or no tears when crying.

Because this year’s flu virus outbreak has been so widespread, traditional emergency rooms have been overcrowded and are asking people with the flu to stay home or wait to see their primary care physician. Freestanding emergency rooms, like Five Star ER, have all the same services as a traditional ER, but without the wait. We are not overcrowded and can handle the flu this season when you need medical care. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 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.

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.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

January 22 – 28 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW). This week is meant to help shatter myths surrounding drugs and alcohol and further educate people about the dangers of drugs and alcohol use. Therefore, Five Star ER is sharing five common myths and misconceptions about drugs and alcohol.

MYTH: People with high a tolerance for alcohol can drink more and still be okay.

FACT: If you need to drink more to feel the same “buzz,” that is not a good thing! It means that the alcohol you drink is affecting your body negatively. You will still be getting drunk even if you don’t feel it. This means you will drink more and potentially cause more damage.

MYTH: Coffee sobers you up.

FACT: Coffee does not sober you up. The only thing that can sober a person who is under the influence or intoxicated is time. The caffeine in coffee can mask the feelings of drunkenness, but that does not mean you are still not drunk. Food has a similar effect, and can delay when you feel drunk, but it does not sober you.

MYTH: Beer doesn’t get you as drunk as hard liquor.

FACT: If you drink one ounce of beer compared to one ounce of hard liquor, this may be true. But 12 ounces of beer has the same alcoholic content as 5 ounces of wine and 1 ounce, or a shot, of hard liquor. It is important to pay attention to the size of your drink and the alcoholic content by volume (ACV). Some beers can have an ACV as high as 12% and will get you drunk much quicker. A mixed drink often has more than just 1 ounce of hard liquor, and will have a higher ACV.

MYTH: There’s no harm in trying drugs just once.

FACT: While this may be true for some people, it is not always the case. Trying drugs is always a gamble. You can become addicted to drugs from trying them just once. Depending on the drug, you could also overdose the first time you try it.

MYTH: People don’t have to go to the ER for being drunk.

FACT: Emergency room visits for alcohol intoxication have increased by more than 50% in the last decade. Not only are these visits more frequent, but the ER stays are lasting longer, too. Binge drinking is a problem for many Americans, which can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Five Star ER encourages everyone to drink responsibly. However, if an emergency arises you can trust our board-certified doctors and expert staff to treat your emergency. All four of our convenient locations are open 24/7, so that you can receive the same quality care you’d expect from a traditional ER.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 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.

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.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

Don’t Try a Fad Diet in 2018

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69 percent of fad diets failIf you’re like 21% of Americans, your new year’s resolution may be to lose weight or get in better shape. Those are great goals, but reports say only 9% of people who set resolutions for themselves felt they actually achieved them. One reason people won’t meet their 2018 health resolution is because they try a fad diet.

Fad diets are popular in the U.S., with the average American adult trying to implement a fad diet four times a year. However, 69% of fad diets fail, and 65% of people who lose weight on a fad diet gain it all back. Some popular fad diets today are the Keto-diet, which severely limits the amount of carbohydrates a person eats in a day; juice cleanses that replace meals with fresh squeezed juices; and Whole 30, which limits processed food and other types of food deemed unhealthy for 30 days.

If you have heard of, or tried, these diets you may have seen quick success, but may not have been able to keep the weight off. Erin Ippen, a registered dietician nutritionist, says fad diets only work because “they cause initial weight loss but are not sustainable and rarely lead to long-term weight loss. For low-carb diets specifically, they change the way you metabolize nutrients, so most weight loss is a result of water weight instead of fat loss.”

Some of these diets can also have serious health repercussions. “When you restrict certain food groups, you can miss out on essential nutrients, which can negatively affect your health,” Ippen advises. For example, the keto-diet limits your carbohydrate intake. Carbohydrates are extremely important to the function of your body, because carbs are broken into glucose in the blood stream. Your brain, vital organs, and exercising muscle can only function with glucose in the blood stream. Without that glucose, your body makes alternate fuel sources, like ketones. Ketones occur in the blood when your body doesn’t have enough energy so it begins breaking down fats in the liver, then muscle, and causes your blood to become more acidic, and you are in a state of ketosis.

Ketosis occurs in people with anorexia, as well as diabetics with sustained high blood sugars, otherwise known as Diabetic Ketoacidosis. Ketosis is very serious and requires immediate medical care. The keto-diet advertises ketosis as a healthy, metabolic state. They claim your body will adjust to a state of ketosis, but instead you can cause serious damage to your internal organs; prolonged ketosis can result in becoming unconscious, seizures and even death.

If you are experiencing symptoms like fruity breath, excessive thirst or urination, weakness, fatigue or nausea and vomiting you may be in ketosis and need immediate medical attention. If you are dieting and experience dizziness, lose consciousness or experience low blood sugar, you should also seek medical help.

If you are serious about losing weight in 2018, ditch the fad diets. They often cause more harm then good, and could even land you in the ER. Talk to a nutritionist to figure out a healthy weight loss plan for yourself, and make small changes over time so you’re more likely to stick to your resolution.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 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.

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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Top 5 Reasons for Thanksgiving ER Visits

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Deep Fried Turkey Danger on ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, enjoying time spent with friends and family, and good food. Amid all the merriment and festivities, there is an increased chance for injury and accident. Here are the top five reasons people go to the ER during the Thanksgiving holiday (and some ways to avoid them):

  1. Over Indulgence

Thanksgiving is known for being an indulgent holiday, so it’s no surprise that one of the main reasons people visit the ER is for eating or drinking too much. This can result in chest pain, upset stomach and sometimes an irregular heartbeat. Know your limits and when to say “no more” this Thanksgiving.

  1. Food Poisoning

Food poisoning doesn’t just come from a crazy concoction your great aunt brought to the table. The most common cause of food poisoning is from food being left out too long and reaching an unsafe temperature. The danger zone for bacteria growth that can lead to food poisoning is between 41 and 140 degrees. To keep food safe, keep hot food hot and cold food cold, and don’t allow food to sit out for long periods of time.

  1. Auto Accident

The busiest travel weekend of the year is Thanksgiving weekend, and more DUI arrests happen between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s Eve than any other time of the year. With busier roads and more chances of enjoying one drink too many, people can end up in the ER after an accident. Enjoying drinks with family and friends at the dinner table can be great, just make sure you know your limits – or, better yet, designate a sober driver.

  1. Knife Injuries

Before you even sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, you could end up in the ER! Make sure not to do any food prep work with dull knives, as that can increase risk of cuts. When using a knife, make sure to also take your time and focus on the task at hand to decrease the risk of cutting yourself.

  1. Burns

Another common kitchen accident at Thanksgiving is burns. Just like when using a knife, if you are handling hot foods — especially oils that can spatter easily — take your time and focus on your task. Avoid wearing loose clothing that could potentially catch fire, especially if you want to deep fry your turkey, which results in 60 injuries every year.

 

When emergencies happen, you want the best care and FAST, especially over the holidays. Every emergency matters at Five Star ER, and our patient-centered care means you come first. Plus, with all the care of a traditional ER minus the wait you can get in and out — and back to Thanksgiving dinner fast. Find your nearest Five Star ER location

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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.

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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