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Chest XRAY EKG CT Warning Signs You Need to Get One

Warning Signs You Need to Get a Chest XRAY, EKG, or CT

Did you know your heart beats 115,200 times a day on average? That means every year; your heart beats more than 42 million times. That’s a lot of work!

The heart is a complex system of valves, ventricles, arteries, and veins responsible for pumping oxygen and nutrient-rich blood around the body and eliminating cellular waste.

As such, there is a lot that can go wrong. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, with one person dying every 36 seconds.

Preventing cardiovascular disease is possible; however, you might not know you are in danger because not all heart conditions cause symptoms. These situations can lead to emergencies where you require immediate medical attention.

Warning Signs of Heart Attack, Stroke, and Cardiac Arrest

Cardiovascular episodes such as heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest are life and death emergencies, where every second counts.

If you notice any of these symptoms in yourself or someone else, please call 911 immediately. It’s important to know that all these signs don’t need to occur. If you notice one or more, get help fast!

There are several medications and procedures that can help stop a heart attack or stroke in progress when administered shortly after the first symptoms. These life-saving drugs can significantly reduce long-term disabilities and increase the chances of survival. Again, if you notice any of these symptoms, don’t delay. Get help right away!

Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

  • Discomfort, pressure, or pain in the center of your chest that lasts for more than a few minutes or comes and goes
  • Discomfort or unexplained pain in other areas of your upper body
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Cold sweat
  • Lightheadedness

Warning Signs of a Stroke

  • Drooping on one side of your face
  • Sudden numbness or weakness in one arm, leg, or face
  • Trouble talking, slurred speech, unable to speak
  • Sudden confusion, difficulty walking, loss of balance, or lack of coordination
  • Sudden severe headache

Warning Signs of Cardiac Arrest

  • Loss of consciousness
  • Unresponsiveness
  • No normal breathing

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Diagnostic Tests

Here are some ways our doctors can scope out your heart and get you the right treatment fast!

 

X-Ray

An X-Ray is a standard medical scan that takes pictures of your organs and other structures inside your chest. The test is safe, quick, and painless, and it allows our doctors to see if you have an enlarged heart or fluid buildup around your heart and lungs.

Please make sure to let our doctors if you have a pacemaker, a metal implant, or if you are pregnant or could be pregnant before getting an x-ray.

 

Electrocardiogram (EKG)

An EKG (short for electrocardiogram) is a common and painless test used to record the heart’s electrical signals.

Irregular heart rhythms, heart attacks, and the presence of thickened heart muscles will show up as changes on the EKG. This test allows our physicians to detect any heart problems quickly and to monitor your heart’s health.

 

CT Scan

A Computed Tomography scan (CT Scan) is a sophisticated imaging method that uses information from multiple X-rays to create detailed 3D pictures of your heart and blood vessels.

 

There are several applications of this diagnostic test:

Coronary Calcium Scan: Serves to determine if there is a calcium buildup in your heart arteries

CT Angiography: The test allows our doctors to evaluate if there is a narrowing or a blockage in the heart arteries

 

Doctors may recommend a CT angiography if you have any of the following:

  • Unexplained chest pain
  • Unusually high blood pressure
  • Symptoms that suggest you may have a tear in a major artery

 

Sometimes the CT scan will also include the aorta or pulmonary arteries to determine if there are any problems with those structures causing your symptoms.

 

 

At Altus Emergency Centers, we have the most advanced cardiovascular diagnostic technology that allows us to determine if you are suffering from a life-threatening condition quickly. Additionally, all our locations also have on-site clinical laboratories that provide valuable information for our doctors to diagnose and treat your condition.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

African American Healthcare Pioneers: Honoring Black History Month

Honoring Black History Month: African American Pioneers in Healthcare

February is Black History Month. A time for us to celebrate the achievements and contributions of countless African Americans in every field. We’re happy to celebrate African American Healthcare Pioneers!

The history of African Americans in health care spans more than 300 years. In the early 1700s, an enslaved man named Onesimus shared scientific knowledge of vaccination procedures from his home in Africa with Cotton Mather, a theologian. This selfless act has helped save countless lives over the years.

The stories of those brave African Americans who helped shape modern medicine in our country comprise the hardship and triumphs of their quest to improve everyone’s healthcare conditions.

We hope you join us as we explore the invaluable contributions of some of history’s most renowned African American healthcare professionals.

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams (1856 – 1931)

Dr. Daniel Williams performed the first successful open-heart surgery at Provident Hospital in Chicago, the same hospital he helped found in 1891.

During his time, African American physicians were denied membership in the American Medical Association; this injustice prompted Dr. Williams to create the National Medical Association in 1895.

In 1913, he became a charter member of the American College of Surgeons; regretfully, he remained the only African American member for many years.

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Dr. Charles Richard Drew (1904-1950)

Have you ever wondered how blood banks came to be? Well, we can all thank Dr. Charles Drew, a pioneer researcher in blood plasma for transfusion.

During WWII, Dr. Drew developed innovative methods of storing blood plasma for later use in life-saving transfusions. He also organized the first large-scale blood bank in the United States.

After the war, Dr. Drew developed a blood storage program at the American Red Cross.

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Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD (b. 1939)

Dr. Gaston became the first African American female director of the United States Public Health Bureau. She’s received every award that the Public Health Service bestows.

Dr. Gaston is best known for her groundbreaking 1986 Sickle-Cell Anemia study, which led to implementation of a national sickle-cell disease screening program for newborns.

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Patricia Era Bath, MD (b. 1942)

Dr. Bath is the first African American to complete an ophthalmology residency in the United States. She is known for conducting a study that found twice the rate of blindness among African Americans when compared to whites.

Additionally, she was the first African American female physician to receive a medical patent for the Laserphaco Probe, an instrument used in cataract surgery.

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Leonidas Harris Berry, MD (1902 — 1995)

Dr. Berry was the first African American physician on staff at the Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago. Although a renowned gastroenterologist, he faced racism at the workplace for many years.

He became a trailblazer by fighting for an attending position for decades. In 1963, he became a member of the attending staff at Michael Reese Hospital, where he remained a senior attending physician for the rest of his career.

During the 1950s, Dr. Berry chaired a Chicago commission whose goals were to make hospitals more inclusive for black physicians and increase healthcare access in underserved areas.

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Louis Wade Sullivan, MD (b. 1933)

Dr. Sullivan was the only African American student in his class at Boston University School of Medicine, yet he made an impact. He served on the faculty from 1966 to 1975 when he became the founding dean of the Medical Education Program at Morehouse College. Today the institution is known as Morehouse School of Medicine, the first predominantly black medical school in America.

Dr. Sullivan served as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he contributed to the creation of the Office of Minority Programs in the National Institute of Health’s Office of the Director.

Over the years, Dr. Sullivan has chaired several influential groups and institutions, including the President’s Advisory Council on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and the National Health Museum.

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Dr. Mae C. Jemison (b. 1956)

In 1987, Dr. Mae Jemison made history by becoming the first female African American astronaut for NASA. But this would not be her only historical achievement. In 1992, she became the first African American woman in space, serving as a mission specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

As a physician, Dr. Jamison worked with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) researching vaccines. She continued her medical research on the space shuttle conducting experiments in materials processing and life sciences in space.

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At Altus Emergency Centers, we are proud to celebrate the many achievements and valuable contributions to healthcare advancement by all African Americans throughout history. We know there will be many more leaders and trailblazers to come in the near future. We encourage everyone to support and cheer for the new generation of African American medical professionals.

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24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Heart Disease in Texas

Heart Disease in Texas

February Is American Heart Month

This year marks the 57th consecutive year in which we celebrate American Heart Month. As part of the medical community, we are raising our raising awareness to help keep our friends and families free from heart disease.

While medical advances continue to improve our quality of life, cardiovascular disease is still the number one killer of Americans.

The American Heart Association estimates that heart disease and stroke kill close to 2300 people a day. More alarming perhaps is that younger people are falling victim to cardiovascular disease than ever before.

Heart Disease in Texas

These are the most updated statistics in Texas in 2021.  Statistics shared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that heart disease was the leading cause of death in Texas in 2017, while stroke took third place.

According to the 2017 Texas Heart Disease and Stroke Fact Sheet:

What Are Your Risk Factors?

We usually associate heart disease with older people; however, many of the medical conditions and lifestyle behaviors associated with an increased risk of heart disease are appearing at a younger age.

These are some of the most common risk factors for cardiovascular disease:

 

High Blood Pressure

Hypertension is becoming more frequent in people in their 40’s and 50’s, but it can affect anyone at any age.

The real danger is that many of us don’t know we have high blood pressure and are therefore not doing anything to control it.

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is one of the most significant risk factors for heart disease and stroke.

 

High Cholesterol

While it’s true, our bodies need cholesterol to build healthy cells, too much of it can increase our risk of heart disease.

Cholesterol has a waxy consistency and when we have high levels of it, we can develop fatty deposits in our blood vessels.

These deposits adhere to the walls of our arteries; over time, the buildup slows or prevents blood flow from reaching the heart muscle.

Sometimes these deposits break free and cause a cloth that can lead to a heart attack or stroke.

Smoking

Smoking is known to damage blood vessels and cause heart disease. If you are one of the 37 million Americans that are smokers, speak to your doctor to find out how you can quit.

If you are not a smoker, don’t start!

 

Chronic Disease

Certain chronic conditions are linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, including diabetes, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and psoriasis.

The high blood sugar levels associated with diabetes can damage blood vessels and the nerves that help control the heart muscle.

The chronic inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and other conditions causes damage to the blood vessels and arteries and can significantly increase the risk of a heart attack.

 

Obesity

Those extra pounds most of us carry around put additional stress on our hearts, which over time, can damage it.

Obesity has become a real health problem with more than 1 in 3 Americans and nearly 1 in 6 children under the age of 19 being obese.

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Recognize When You Are Having a Heart Attack or Stroke

When it comes to cardiovascular episodes the faster you get medical attention the better the outcome. So, it’s essential to learn how to recognize a heart attack or stroke.

 

Signs of a Heart Attack

Should you experience any of the following symptoms, call 911 immediately and ask them to bring you the nearest Altus Emergency Center or other nearby ER.

  • Pain, uncomfortable pressure, sense of fullness or tightness in the center of your chest that lasts more than a few minutes or comes and goes
  • Unusual discomfort or pain in one or both arms, stomach, neck, jaw or back
  • Unexplained shortness of breath with or without chest pain
  • Suddenly breaking out in cold sweat, lightheadedness, or nausea

The most common sign of heart attack in both men and women is chest pain or discomfort. Women are more likely to experience some of the symptoms, including especially shortness of breath, back and jaw pain, as well as nausea.

 

Signs of a Stroke

Both men and women share these stroke symptoms:

  • Face drooping
  • Arm weakness
  • Slurred speech
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble walking and other coordination problems
  • Unexplained severe headache

 

Additionally, women who are suffering from a stroke may experience the following:

  • General weakness
  • Disorientation, confusion, and memory problems
  • Fatigue

Taking control of your heart health needs to be a priority, changes in lifestyle and diet can help protect our heart from illness.

However, even if we are healthy, we can still experience a cardiovascular episode, that is why at Altus Emergency Centers, we guarantee minimal wait times, and quality emergency medical care 24/7.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Center in Lake Jackson is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Lake Jackson will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Brazoria county.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2021 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Lake Jackson
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2021.

The selection process has closed.  Thank you to all who have registered to participate!

 

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency Centers communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

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Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Baytown ER Scholarship 2021

Altus Baytown ER Scholarship 2021

Altus Baytown ER is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Baytown ER will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Baytown and surrounding communities.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2021 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus Baytown ER
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2021.

The selection process has closed.  Thank you to all who have registered to participate!

 

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Baytown ER Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Baytown ER communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

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Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Waxahachie Scholarship 2021

Altus Emergency Center in Waxahachie is happy to announce our new scholarship!

The program will benefit eligible local applicants who wish to pursue a career in healthcare.

 

Scholarship Awards

Altus Emergency Waxahachie will award a total of $2000 in scholarships as a one-time payment.  Please read the requirements and fill in the application form below to apply.

 

Requirements

  • All applicants must be residents of Ellis County.
  • Eligible applicants need to be students pursuing a degree in healthcare
  • Graduate from public or private high school or home school
  • Accepted to a 4-year University, Nursing school, Community College, or Trade School
  • GPA 3.5 or higher
  • Community Service/ Civic involvement

 

Selection Process

The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. Entries received after the deadline will not be considered.

  • Applicants must complete and submit the application form directly from our website.
  • Winners will be selected in April 2021 by a review panel appointed by the management of Altus ER Waxahachie
  • The official announcement of the winners, check award, and photo session will be in May 2021.

The selection process has closed.  Thank you to all who have registered to participate!

 

Consent for Marketing and Media Activities

Altus Emergency Centers Scholarship recipients must provide explicit authorization for their name and image to be shared in Altus Emergency Centers communications. Recipient names and pictures can appear on a variety of marketing channels, which include but are not limited to media interviews, blog posts, printed material, and social media content.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Legal Disclaimer

Altus Emergency Centers reserves the right to withdraw or amend any listed scholarship without prior notification. Acceptance of the application will not guarantee that the applicant will receive an award.

Scholarships are awarded by the review panel appointed by Altus Emergency Centers management, and their decision is final, no appeals are allowed.

Scholarship recipients must meet the conditions set out in the Official Rules & Details on our website.

There’s No Time to Wait in an Emergency!

WHEN THERE’S NO TIME TO WASTE, TRY OUR ONLINE CHECK-IN

Check-In Online

Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Sugar Emergencies

Sugar Emergencies

Do you have a sweet tooth?  So do I!  However, sugar emergencies are real.  Sugar emergencies are a real reason why people get really sick.  The good news is with proper guidance on how much is too much sugar, you can have your cake and eat it too!   First off, let’s reflect on how much sugar we consume daily. Those who have a sweet tooth probably already know they need to cut back on the sugary treats.

However, many of us are in the dark about how much sugar we eat daily because of hidden sugars in our food. Tomato sauce, flavored coffees, iced tea, fruit juices, vitamin water, and even low-fat yogurt all contain high amounts of sugar, so it’s easy to underestimate how much sugar we are eating.

The problem is not just our expanding waistlines; it’s the fact that eating too much sugar can make us sick. Long-term overconsumption of sugar raises the risk of developing chronic illness, including heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and Alzheimer’s.

The Real Truth About Sugar Emergencies: Excess Amounts of Sugar Affects Us All

Regularly consuming large amounts of sugar can hurt our health regardless of our age, gender, and ethnicity.

Adverse Effects of Sugar in Children

Sugar emergencies affect children.  We tend to believe that it’s ok for children to eat sugary treats more often than us adults do, but nothing could be further from the truth.

In excess, sugar can cause hyperactivity, tooth decay,  as well as increase the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children.

However, most parents don’t know that sugar can be the cause of many other health problems their children experience.

Allergies, Coughs, and Cold-Like Symptoms

Sugar can cause cold and allergy type symptoms such as a constant runny nose, cough, excessive mucus, and signs of sinus infection.

Acid Reflux and Croup-Like Symptoms

Children often wake up in the middle of the night with coup-like symptoms which include a barking cough, and trouble breathing.

These symptoms are often the result of an over-acidic diet. As an example, chocolate milk may seem like a healthy treat for children. However, the combination of dairy and sugar is highly acidic, and because dairy takes longer to process in the digestive system, symptoms often present themselves at night.

The acid reflux caused by excessive amounts of sugar eaten throughout the day could be the reason for your kid’s cough at night.

Weakened Immunity

Overeating sugar can alter the balance between the good and bad gut bacteria, which in turn will impair our immune systems. Children are not exempt from this, and although there is no guarantee a lower sugar intake will prevent colds, it can lessen the symptoms of one.

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Adverse Effects of Sugar During Pregnancy

A recent study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that the learning and memory skills of children were compromised when their mothers consumed large amounts of refined sugar during their pregnancies.

A high sugar diet during pregnancy can cause other problems for both the mothers and their babies, including:

  • Increased weight gain during pregnancy
  • Elevated glucose and insulin levels which can contribute to the development of gestational diabetes
  • Can cause a fatty liver
  • It can diminish the birth weight of your baby
  • A high-sugar diet during pregnancy can increase a child’s risk of developing metabolic syndrome, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes later in life

When to Seek Medical Help

An imbalance in our blood sugar levels is cause for concern. You should come to our ER or hospital if you develop any of these conditions:

Hypoglycemia

Hypoglycemia happens when our blood glucose or sugar levels become too low. The condition can cause severe symptoms and requires immediate medical attention.

 

Signs of Hypoglycemia

  • Extreme hunger
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Shakiness or tremors
  • Changes in behavior (irritability)
  • Headache
  • Cold sweat
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision
  • Confusion
  • Loss of consciousness

Hyperglycemia

Hyperglycemia occurs when our blood glucose levels are too high. The condition is the result of our body not producing enough insulin or not using the insulin effectively.

If left untreated, hyperglycemia can result in ketoacidosis, also known as a diabetic coma, which is life-threatening.

 

Signs of Hyperglycemia

  • High blood sugar levels
  • High levels of glucose in the urine
  • Need to pee more often
  • Feeling hungrier than usual
  • Numb or tingling sensation in your feet
  • Increased thirst

Signs of Ketoacidosis (Diabetic Coma)

  • Shortness of breath
  • Extreme thirst
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased urination
  • Dry or flushed skin
  • Breath that smells fruity
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fatigue

Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome (HHNS)

This severe condition affects mostly seniors who have elevated glucose levels. If left untreated the condition can lead to severe dehydration, coma, and death.

As the sugar level builds, the body will try to eliminate the excess sugar through urine. At first, the patient will feel a need to pee more frequently, over time, they urinate less often but the urine is darker in color.

 

Signs of HHNS

You should get immediate medical help if you develop any of these warning signs:

  • Blood sugar level over 600 mg/dL
  • Warm, dry skin that doesn’t sweat
  • Extreme thirst that later disappears
  • Fever over 101 F
  • Sleepiness or confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Weakness on one side of the body
  • Vision loss

We all need a little sweetness in our lives, but where we get our dietary sugar matters. Fruits and vegetables are a good source of sugar, so try to eat more of these and less refined sugars to avoid any complications.

However, if you feel your blood sugar levels are out of balance, Altus Hospital in both its Baytown and Lumberton location is available to treat patients of all ages children, adults and seniors. Our physicians and nurses are available 24/7 to manage any sugar-related illness and bring you back to health.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Flu and COVID-19 What You Need to Know

Flu and COVID-19 What You Need to Know

So, you are feeling a little under the weather, and panic starts to set in as you ask yourself, is this the flu or COVID-19?  Know the difference between the Flu and COVID-19.

What should you do?

Well, luckily, you are just one swab away from knowing for sure if your symptoms are flu or COVID-19 related. At Altus Emergency Centers, we are always looking for the best way to care for the communities we serve. That is why we are now offering one simple swab test to give you results for both flu and COVID-19.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Know the Symptoms

Both flu and COVID-19 are contagious respiratory infections resulting in serious illness, hospitalization, and death in some unfortunate cases.

Although both diseases share similarities, they are two very different conditions. Let’s explore the similarities and differences of these diseases.

What causes them?

They are both viral infections. The influenza virus is responsible for the flu, while the new coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2 is the one that causes COVID-19.

Similarities and Differences

Symptoms

 

COVID-19 and the flu share many symptoms, so it’s sometimes challenging to know which is without testing.

 

Both diseases can cause

  • Fever/chills
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain or body aches
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (more common in children)

 

However, the main differences are that COVID-19 symptoms tend to be more severe and can cause more serious illnesses in some people.

Some symptoms are specific to COVID-19, such as a change in or loss of taste or smell.

Symptom Manifestation

Symptoms for the flu usually manifest between one to four days after exposure to the virus. The incubation period for COVID-19 is generally five days. However, symptoms can develop anytime between one and 14 days after exposure to the virus.

How Long Can Someone Spread the Virus?

Flu: A person can spread the virus one day before symptoms appear up to 7 days after.

COVID-19: An infected person can be contagious two days before symptoms, up to at least ten days with or without symptoms.

How does the Virus Spread?

Both viruses can spread from person to person or through contact with infected surfaces.

The viruses spread mainly by droplets made when people with the illness cough, sneeze or talk.

The main difference is how quickly the viruses spread. COVID-19 is more contagious in some populations and age groups than flu, and it can spread quicker in large gatherings.

What Are the Complications?

Both illnesses can produce severe illness. The most common complications of both the flu and COVID-19 include:

• Pneumonia

• Respiratory failure/ARDS

• Sepsis

• Heart attack/stroke

• Multiple-organ failure

• Worsening of chronic medical conditions

• Inflammation of the brain, heart, or muscle tissues

• Secondary bacterial infections

• DeathAdditionally, COVID-19 can cause blood clots in the lungs, heart, legs, brain, and Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C).

Should You Get a Flu Shot This Year?

The answer is yes!

Even though the flu vaccine will not protect you against COVID-19, it can reduce flu illness risk. And the flu vaccine does NOT increase your risk of contracting coronaviruses such as SARS-CoV-2.

If you have symptoms and are concerned, they may be related to the flu or COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to visit us and request your Swab test for flu and COVID-19.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention

Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention

Impaired driving dangers are a serious reality that take precious lives each year.  They are time-sensitive emergencies that can be prevented.  Lives can be saved.  Let’s get to know about this topic and please help us create awareness to help save lives.  In an average year, 30 million Americans get behind the wheel of a car while drunk, while an estimated 10 million drive while under the influence of an illicit drug.

This year has been anything but average. This year more of us have turned to alcohol to help us cope with the pandemic’s challenges.

This surge in alcohol consumption is concerning because it increases the number of fatal accidents, especially during the Holiday Season.

The Real Cost of Impaired Driving in America

Aside from the $44 billion annual costs of alcohol-related crashes, the most significant loss is human lives.

An estimated 29 Americans die in motor vehicle crashes involving an impaired driver every day. This translates to one death every 50 minutes.  Due to these alarming statistics, we are bringing you the Impaired Driving Dangers and Prevention.  Together, we can prevent traffic accidents.

Never forget that under Texas Law, Insurance Companies Must Cover ER Trips Involving Traffic Accidents.

Impaired driving does not necessarily mean drunk driving; it also involves distracted driving and drugged driving. In fact, drugs, both legal and illegal, are involved in about 16% of car crashes.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Dangers of Impaired Driving

Get to know about the impaired driving dangers to help prevent a tragedy.  Any amount of alcohol or drugs can significantly impact our ability to drive. Here are several ways in which drugs and alcohol can influence our driving capabilities:

Slow Reaction Time

When we are under the influence or otherwise distracted while driving, our reaction time decreases. A slower response time makes it harder to avoid obstacles such as pedestrians crossing a street and breaking on time to avoid crashing into another car.

Lack of Coordination

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs affects our motor skills, specifically our eye, hand, and foot coordination. These motor skills are vital when driving. Without these crucial coordination skills, we may not be able to avoid harmful situations.

Reduced Concentration

Driving requires concentration. Anything that causes us to become distracted while driving, including alcohol and drug consumption, can significantly increase our risk of being involved in a serious car crash.

Slow Reaction Time

When we are under the influence or otherwise distracted while driving, our reaction time decreases. A slower response time makes it harder to avoid obstacles such as pedestrians crossing a street and breaking on time to avoid crashing into another car.

Lack of Coordination

Drinking alcohol or taking drugs affects our motor skills, specifically our eye, hand, and foot coordination. These motor skills are vital when driving. Without these crucial coordination skills, we may not be able to avoid harmful situations.

Reduced Concentration

Driving requires concentration. Anything that causes us to become distracted while driving, including alcohol and drug consumption, can significantly increase our risk of being involved in a serious car crash.

Decreased Vision

Alcohol impairs our vision. After a few drinks, you may notice your vision becomes a little blurred. Impaired vision affects our ability to judge the distance between our car and other vehicles or obstacles on the road.

Most Common Impaired Driving Injuries

Thankfully, not all impaired driving-related accidents are fatal; however, they can still cause severe injuries, including:

Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord injuries can result in partial or complete paralysis. Recovery depends on many factors, such as the extent of the damage and how long it takes a patient to receive treatment. Unfortunately, for many patients, the outcome is permanent.

Traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic brain injury is widespread among crash victims. Severe trauma to the brain can have devastating effects on a person. Traumatic brain injuries can cause changes in a person’s memory, their ability to reason, and their emotional behavior. Additionally, they can result in loss of vision, hearing, and taste,

Severe traumatic brain injuries can result in life-long disabilities.

Internal Injuries

The force of impact can cause internal injuries, including organ damage that can be life-threatening and require immediate emergency medical care.

Organs such as the lungs, kidneys, liver, and spleen are the most common internal organs injured during a car crash.

Orthopedic Injuries

Broken bones are common injuries associated with impaired driving-related incidents. Injury severity varies; some patients will only require a cast while others may lose a limb.

Soft Tissue Injuries

The impact during a crash can cause damage to ligaments, tendons, and muscles. When the injury occurs in a victim’s neck, back, or shoulder, it can limit their ability to move and may result in long-term chronic pain.

Burns

Suppose the crash is severe enough to cause one or more of the vehicles to catch fire. In that case, victims may suffer severe burns that may result in permanent disfigurement and scarring. Burn victims also have an increased risk of infection while healing.

Prevention

The only way to prevent an impaired driving-related accident is not to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

If you plan to drink, make arrangements ahead of time. Either select a designated driver or choose to use a ride-sharing service instead of driving yourself.

Getting Prompt Medical Attention Can Help Save A Life

According to the CDC for every person killed in a road accident,

“8 were hospitalized, and 100 were treated and released from the Emergency Room.”

Anyone who is involved in a severe motor vehicle accident should be taken to the nearest Emergency Room for evaluation, given that some injuries can only be diagnosed with advanced imagining technology.

During a crash, victims might have suffered internal injuries or head trauma that if not treated promptly can lead to long-term disabilities or even death.

Some injuries are more time-sensitive than others, in these cases it is better to transfer the patient to a Free-Standing ER facility such as any of the Altus Emergency Centers where they can be treated by a licensed emergency physician right away, rather than transport them to a Hospital ER where their treatment might be delayed due to overcrowding issues.

It’s important to remember that insurance companies are obligated to offer emergency room coverage in their policies. If you are involved in a car accident and need to go to the emergency room, your insurance policy will cover your visit.

Altus Emergency Centers wishes everyone a Happy and Safe New Year. Stay home if you can, and please don’t drink and drive.

As always, we remain open during the New Year Celebration to help with any medical emergencies.

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

Emotional Well-being in 2020

Tips for Your Emotional Well-being During the Pandemic

We all react differently to stressful situations. Many of us are so good at forging ahead in the face of adversity that we may not recognize the warning signs that our emotional well-being is compromised.

Emotional well-being is vital to people of all age groups. The year 2020, has been a particularly challenging time for everyone’s emotional well-being as it has been the year of much controversy.  Now is the perfect time to stop and examine this year’s impact on our lives and find ways to improve our emotional health.

Emotional Well-being and How It Relates to Your Health

Being in good health doesn’t only refer to our physical health. Being in good health also involves our emotional and mental well-being.

 

But what is emotional well-being?

 

Simply put, it’s our ability to manage our feelings, both the happy, pleasant ones and the sad, angry, or worrisome ones.

Our emotions can impact our lives in unexpected ways. Some are good and some not so good. Research shows that when we are in a balanced emotional state, learning becomes easier. We are more creative, our productivity increases, and our relationships improve.

Our stress and anxiety levels increase when we are unable to control our emotions. When we are emotionally unbalanced, we are more likely to make bad decisions regarding our health and well-being.

Additionally, emotional stress can weaken our immune system making us more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections and developing chronic illnesses.

That is why learning to deal with emotional stress is so important during these challenging times.

Tips for Improving Our Emotional Well-Being

We live in unprecedented times, and we need to put extra effort into managing our emotions well. Now, emotional well-being doesn’t mean ignoring or avoiding unpleasant or negative feelings. It’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety and sadness, but learning to manage these feelings will help us stay healthy.

 

Manage Your Expectations

 

Disappointment is a fact of life. We’ve all experienced times when a situation didn’t live up to what we imagined.

Many of us set unrealistic expectations on how we would manage our time during the lockdown. Working or studying from home doesn’t mean the day has more than 24 hours, so if you didn’t learn a new language, mastered a musical instrument, or read all the books on your nightstand, that’s fine.

 

Proactively Manage Your Stress

 

It’s normal to have trouble concentrating and keeping ourselves motivated during stressful times, but this can make us feel anxious. Taking control of small things can help us regain a sense of normalcy and manage our stress.

It all starts by taking better care of yourself. Prioritize sleep, eat well, limit junk food, alcohol, and other indulgences, and stay physically active. Also, remember to reach out to family and friends by calling or video chatting with them often.

Getting enough rest and focusing on our physical well-being will help us clear our minds of negative thoughts and balance our emotions.

 

Learn to Identify Your Red Flags

 

Learning to identify the thoughts, physical sensations, and feelings that accompany stress and anxiety is vital.

 

When you feel stressed, take note of your:

 

  • Thoughts (I can’t concentrate, I am not good at this, nothing will ever change)
  • Feelings (sadness, worry, frustration),
  • Physical sensations (upset stomach, tension, or jitters)
  • Actions (emotional eating or drinking too much alcohol)

 

When you can identify these red flags, you can actively change your thoughts, control your physical sensations with breathing techniques, and stop yourself from overindulging.

The CDC provides a list of resources and contacts to help you cope with stress and anxiety. Don’t be afraid to reach out; help is available.

Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.

Plan for an Emergency

One thing that weighs heavily on our minds these days is our health and that of our loved ones. Knowing you have access to quality emergency care close to home and at an affordable price gives you peace of mind.

That is the mission of Altus Emergency Centers to provide the best care at the best price. We are here for you when you need us most. We work under strict safety and hygienic protocols. Our centers are conveniently located, so you don’t have to travel far to get the medical attention you need.

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

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Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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