Family First Aid: Cuts & Scrapes

Posted On : May 25, 2017   In ,

A minor cut, scrape or superficial puncture wound does not usually require a visit to the emergency room. There are a number of things you can do: Wash Your Hands. Wash your hands with soap and warm water before providing first aid to any cut or wound. Wear latex gloves, if available. Most first aid kits contain at least a pair of gloves. This will help avoid infection. Stop the Bleeding. Minor cuts and scrapes tend to stop bleeding on their own. Bleeding helps clean out any dirt or debris. If the bleeding doesn’t stop, apply gentle pressure with a

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Family Health 101: Appendicitis

Posted On : May 19, 2017   In ,

Stomach pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit the emergency room. It is also one of the most complicated symptoms to diagnose. There can be a number of reasons that cause abdominal pain. (Click here) to read more about what to expect when you visit Family ER with abdominal pain. Based on the patient’s examination, if the pain is localized to the lower right side, chances are it may be the appendix. Appendix Function The appendix is a finger-sized organ attached to the large intestine. It is where the small and large intestines meet. Although the actual

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Family First Aid: Migraines

Posted On : May 11, 2017   In ,

With busy lifestyles that cause lack of sleep, poor diet, stress and anxiety, headaches are all too common. Even the weather can play a role. Many people suffer from chronic headaches. The most common type of headache is a migraine. Migraines are persistent, often reoccurring, headaches that can last from a couple of hours to a couple of days. Migraines are not biased. They can happen to anyone, at any age and at any time. Symptoms Obviously, the most common symptom to a headache is in the name: an ache from the head.  Here are the classics for a migraine:

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Summer Safety Tips

Posted On : May 4, 2017   In

It’s hard to believe that summer vacation is almost here in. Most students are out in just a couple of weeks and families are getting ready for vacation. With the word “vacation”, should always comes the word “safety.” Family Emergency Room wants you to be safe during your time off so that you can enjoy it to the fullest. Here are our family safety tips: 1 – Plan and prepare. No matter how you choose to spend your week, you should have a solid plan in place with a backup plan just in case. If you’re traveling, be prepared for

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Family Health 101: Kidney Stones

Posted On : April 12, 2017   In

Kidney stones are a common emergency room visit. One in twenty people will have this unfortunate experience at least once in their lifetime. Many times, people may not even know they have them. Before we can talk about what kidney stones are we need to talk about the basic function of the kidneys. Kidney Function. The main function is acting as a filtration system to sift out waste products in our bloodstream. Unfiltered blood enters the kidneys through the renal artery and branches out to millions of nephrons that clean out the blood. It returns filtered blood back to the

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Surviving Spring Allergies

Posted On : March 31, 2017   In ,

The yellow dusting has returned to Central Texas. That means it’s springtime! It’s one of my favorite times of the year with wildflowers blooming everywhere. Families are parked on the side of the road to take advantage of the fields of blue bonnets. Our grass is returning from its winter hibernation. Everything becomes green and alive again. Springtime in Central Texas can be beautiful but it can also be unbearable. With the change of seasons, comes the change of allergies. Elm and Ash are blooming, oak is at its peak and people are starting to mow their lawns. There is

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Family First Aid: Be Prepared for a Medical Emergency

Posted On : March 22, 2017   In

We always say emergencies are never planned. With that being said, you can at least be prepared. There are a number of things you can do so that if you are put in a stressful, medical emergency situation, you are ready. Take a CPR and a basic first aid course. Medical emergencies don’t happen in the emergency room. They happen before you can get to medical care. Check your local community center for CPR and first aid classes. You can also check your local American Red Cross by clicking here: American Red Cross You will always be the first person

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5 Myths About Heart Disease

Posted On : February 27, 2017   In ,

Many people are unaware that the term heart disease includes more than just one disease. In fact, there are over 30 different variations of heart disease. There are many other misunderstandings when it comes to the number one killer in both men and women today. Hopefully this will clear up a few. Myth #1 – I’m too young to worry about heart disease. Yes, the majority of people diagnosed with heart disease are older. However, obesity and Type 2 Diabetes are linked to heart disease and can affect anyone at any age. But don’t forget the number one cause of

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No More Broken Hearts Campaign – Heart Attack 101

Posted On : February 16, 2017   In ,

Approximately every 40 seconds, someone has a heart attack in the United States. If you do the math, that’s almost 800,000 Americans. Luckily, the survival rate from a heart attack is quite high. Current statistics show that only one in four Americans die from a heart attack. No one wants to experience a heart attack. Everyone should know what a heart attack is, the warning signs and tips for prevention. Let’s get started. First the basics. Everyone remembers taking anatomy in high school, right? Just in case you may need a refresher, here is how the heart works. The main

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Let’s get to the Heart of the matter… there are many types of Heart Disease.

Posted On : February 9, 2017   In , ,

The term heart disease is actually an umbrella name for numerous conditions that affect the heart and how the heart functions. In fact, there are over 30 different kinds of heart related diseases and conditions. Here are just a few of the most common. Coronary Artery Disease is the leading cause of heart disease related deaths. This serious disease is caused by plaque build up within the coronary arteries. The coronary arteries supply oxygen-rich blood to your heart muscle.  When plaque builds up, it limits the flow of blood. Severe artery blockage can lead to death if not treated. Myocardial

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