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For many teens and young adults, spring break is a rite of passage. It’s a time to let loose and celebrate with friends… and potentially end up in the emergency room. Each year, emergency room doctors treat many different types of illnesses and injuries caused by activities enjoyed during spring break. If your child is planning on taking a spring break trip this year, talk to him or her about having a safe vacation. Along with the tips listed below, you can encourage your child to stay safe by carrying a cellphone at all times for medical emergencies, avoiding isolated locations, and enjoying activities with friends instead of strangers.
Avoiding Heat-Related Illnesses
Heat-related illnesses are quite common in teens and young adults enjoying spring break. Often, kids forget to drink enough water and rest in the shade when they’re on vacation. There are three degrees of heat-related illnesses. Heat cramps is the mildest type, followed by heat exhaustion and then heat stroke, which is a life-threatening condition that requires a prompt emergency room visit. Encourage your child to avoid these potentially fatal problems by drinking plenty of water throughout the day and going indoors periodically to cool off in the air conditioning. Remind your child to dress appropriately for sunny weather.
Reducing the Risk of Accidents
Kids who are hanging out with friends on spring break can quickly become sleep deprived. Although sleep deprivation may seem like a minor nuisance, it could actually result in a medical emergency. Sleep deprivation increases the risk of motor vehicle or boating accidents. Encourage your child to sleep in the next day if he or she plans to stay up late.
Practicing Drug and Alcohol Safety
Talk to your child about the dangers of consuming drugs and alcohol. Even if your child is old enough to drink legally, it’s a good idea to discuss alcohol safety. Your child should avoid binge drinking, which can readily lead to alcohol poisoning, and also avoid drinking alcohol before swimming, boating, or driving.
At Memorial Emergency Center in Houston, our dedicated team of doctors and nurses uphold the highest standards of patient care. Our 24-hour emergency room provides prompt responses to all types of medical emergencies. If you would like to learn more about our facility’s capabilities, call (281) 394-0181 or visit us on the Web.
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Did you know that heart disease is the No. 1 killer of adults in the United States? During and after American Heart Month, the American Heart Association is encouraging all Americans to learn their risk for heart disease and begin making changes that can create better heart health for a lifetime.
If you have not seen a doctor to check in with your heart health in the past year, your first step should be to make an appointment to test your cholesterol, blood pressure, and other risk factors for heart disease. Next, you should quit using nicotine products of any kind. Your diet may be the next area to change by incorporating more fresh fruits, veggies, and whole grains to supplement a fat and meat-heavy diet. Finally, start making exercise a priority with daily walks, trips to the park, or even stretches at your desk at work. With these simple changes you can significantly reduce your heart attack risk and encourage those around you to do the same!
For more tips on heart attack prevention, contact Memorial Emergency Center on our website or at (281) 394-0181. We provide complete emergency care in Houston through sophisticated freestanding facilities open 24 hours every day.
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During American Heart Month this February it is important to recognize the serious conditions that can complicate your heart health and even lead to death without immediate intervention and proper care. Cardiac arrest and heart attack are two common conditions that affect millions of Americans each year, and they are often confused with one another. Below is a look at what you need to know about the differences in these conditions and their treatment.
How the heart works
In order to understand heart attack and cardiac arrest, it is important to know a little bit about how the heart works. The heart pumps blood through the body, and it does this through electrical pulses that tell the heart to contract and relax. All day, every day, the heart involuntarily pumps blood based on these electric impulses. There are several valves leading to the heart that bring oxygenated blood to the muscle tissue of the heart.
Causes of cardiac episodes
During a heart attack, the blood flow in one of the valves of the heart has been disrupted by a physical blockage. The muscle tissue begins to die, because it is not receiving oxygenated blood. Cardiac arrest occurs when an electrical malfunction takes place and causes the heart to stop beating. This problem is often related to arrhythmias or complications in heart attack treatment. Heart attacks are often preventable through lifestyle changes and healthy habits that prevent blockages in the arteries.
Methods of diagnosis and treatment
Both heart attack and cardiac arrest should be treated right away in the ER. Cardiac arrest will be evident by the absence of a pulse, which may be restarted with a defibrillator that sends electrical pulses through the chest. Heart attack can have a number of different symptoms, so it may be more difficult to identify. An EKG may indicate if a heart attack has taken place, and efforts to restore blood flow will begin right away once the heart attack is diagnosed.
For complete care in any cardiac emergency, you can rely on Memorial Emergency Center in Houston. We offer 24-hour emergency care in modern facilities equipped with state-of-the-art technology to provide the most prompt and accurate care possible. You can learn more about our freestanding center on our website or by calling (281) 394-0181.
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The aging process can put you at greater risk for heart attack and stroke, so you may need to make some critical changes to add more years to the end of your life. This video explains some quick tips for improving your heart health as you age.
You should stay connected with your physician to make the right choices in your healthcare as you focus on important lifestyle changes. There is no age too old to make changes for heart health, so you should not hesitate to improve your diet and get more physically active. Not only will these habits improve your cardiac health, but they will also help you feel more energized and healthy for years to come.
If you are in need of emergency cardiac care in Houston, Memorial Emergency Center can provide the immediate treatment you need. You can reach us on our website or call (281) 394-0181 to explore the wide range of adult and pediatric services we provide 24/7.
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An allergy is an immune response to a substance that is generally considered harmless. These responses can be minimal, with symptoms such as sneezing or eye irritation, or they can be extremely severe, leading to anaphylaxis. While allergies differ among patients, there are some common allergens that tend to have a higher risk for anaphylaxis and other severe symptoms.
Nut allergies—particularly peanut allergies—can be so severe that even trace amounts of peanuts can cause an immediate life-threatening reaction. Individuals with peanut allergies tend to carry EpiPens to help treat anaphylaxis prior to visiting the ER.
Another common food allergy associated with severe allergies is an allergy to shellfish. This may be more difficult to cope with than you might think, because shellfish is hidden in a lot of prepackaged foods such as certain sauces, canned tuna, and other common foods.
There are a rising number of individuals with severe latex allergies, which were previously associated with more mild reactions. Latex allergies are a serious concern, because many medical and personal care products contain latex. If you have a latex allergy, you may also be sensitive to foods like bananas and kiwis.
Any insect sting will cause swelling or irritation at the site of the sting, but those who are allergic can immediately begin to feel more severe physiological reactions. The most serious insect allergies tend to be related to honeybees, wasps, yellow jackets, hornets and fire ants. However, any insect sting may be a cause for concern in an allergic individual.
If you have severe allergies and are experiencing an allergic reaction, you should call 911 right away. For emergency care in Houston, you can trust Memorial Emergency Center, which offers 24/7 care for adults and children in sophisticated, freestanding facilities. To connect with us, visit our website today or call (281) 394-0181.