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The Health Benefits of Wine
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Wine, wine, wine.  What health benefit can an alcoholic beverage provide to me?

With every May 25th being National Wine Day, what better time to talk about the benefit of sipping your favorite fruit of the vine or press of the grape. In moderation, of course.  A few things to consider as benefits of a glass of wine on a regular basis:

  • Lower mortality from cardiovascular disease as it dilates one’s arteries and increases blood flow.
  • Increased levels of HDL, the good cholesterol, and helps prevent LDL, the bad cholesterol from damaging one’s arteries.
  • Protection from several forms of cancer as the phenolic compounds and antioxidants in wine slow and inhibit the growth of the invading cells of cancers including breast, prostate and oral.
  • Increases bone mineral density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.
  • Improved memory and staving off of Alzheimer’s and dementia because of a chemical, resveratrol, that allow for better oxygen and glucose flow in the brain.
  • Healthier skin due to the antioxidants and polyphenols that revitalize the skin.
  • Weight loss by burning belly fat drinking white wine.

While these are the benefits of drinking wine, we must stress that this is in moderation (usually no more than 1 glass each day for women and 2 glasses per day for men). Keep in mind that every one’s body is different, and one must consider the risks as well as the benefits of consuming any food or beverage.

Prevention is the best medicine in the fight against illness and disease.  It is our top priority to ensure the safe and immediate treatment of your illnesses and injuries, with the goal of getting you back on track faster to good health.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

*Photos courtesy of Unsplash

Keeping Women Healthy
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With May being Women’s Health Month, let’s take a moment and help keep the women in our life—mom, grandmom, sister, wife, partner, daughter—healthy and with us as long as we can.

What should women be doing to maintain and monitor their health?  Let’s start with the basics:

  • Visit your doctor for your annual wellness visit.
  • Get and stay active.
  • Eat healthy.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Manage stress.
  • Avoid smoking and other unhealthy behaviors.

When it comes to women’s health, here are a few things to consider:

  • Get a regular mammogram to maintain breast health.
  • Visit your gynecologist for an annual pap smear.
  • Pay attention to your mental health.

Prevention is the best medicine in the fight against illness and disease.  It is our top priority to ensure the safe and immediate treatment of your illnesses and injuries, with the goal of getting you back on track faster to good health.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

*Photos courtesy of Unsplash

Creating a General Fitness Program for Yourself
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With our proximity to Dallas’s White Rock Lake and the trail system, it is a natural to be getting out and enjoying the fresh air.  And exercising.

The first Saturday in May is always National Fitness Day.  It is set aside to recognize the importance of physical fitness and how it can change lives. How can you get involved? Open an app, join a yoga class, go for a run, get on your bike.  And maybe it’s time to start walking your dog regularly.

There are a number of apps available for iOS and Android including MyFitnessPal, Strava and Map My Run. They can do everything from track your miles and steps to help you log the calories you’ve burned (or taken in) along the way.

Check with your local running store or yoga studio or health club or the YMCA.  Many offer classes either for a small fee or free as a part of membership.

Your local bike shop can also help.  If you aren’t in the market to buy a bike, either get your current one tuned up or consider a rental.

Whatever you do, do it.  But you should also take care to avoid injury. Consider these tips:

  • Always wear a helmet when riding a bike.
  • Stretch and warm up before running or walking.
  • Invest in the appropriately fitted shoes to avoid injury to your feet, ankles or knees.
  • Start slow and work up to more strenuous activities.
  • Take along a partner— they will help you be accountable and also be there should you fall or suffer an injury.

It is our top priority to ensure the safe and immediate treatment of your injuries, with the goal of getting you back on track faster to good health.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

*Photos courtesy of Paul E. Maynard

Monoclonal Antibody Treatment for COVID-19
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As the battle against COVID-19 continues, science continues to find and use new and more effective treatments against the virus.

If you are high-risk and meet certain criteria, Frontline ER has a treatment option for you.  It’s called Monoclonal Antibody Treatment, mAb for short, and it’s available now.

“If you test positive for COVID-19 and meet certain criteria, you can be treated with mAb,” Dr. Neal Agarwal said.  “It is the same treatment that was given to former President Trump when he was hospitalized for the disease.”

Dr. Agarwal is Medical Director for Frontline ER.

To be administered this treatment, you must meet the following criteria and be prepared to stay overnight for observation:

  • A body mass index (BMI) greater than 35
  • Suffer from chronic kidney disease, diabetes or an immunosuppressive disease
  • Be receiving treatment for any of the above
  • Are 65 or older
  • Or are at least 55 and suffer from cardiovascular disease, hypertension or chronic pulmonary disease
  • Are 12 to 17 with a BMI in the 85th percentile for their age and gender and suffer from a specific list of diseases, most prominently congenital heart disease or asthma.
  • Not have received the COVID-19 vaccine within the past 90 days.

“There is mounting new promising data that this treatment will reduce the amount of hospitalizations needed from COVID-19,” Dr. Agarwal added.

For more information and to see if you qualify for this treatment, please give us a call or contact us through our website.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

 

Surviving Easter’s Goodies
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Easter is always a time of great joy—and sweets!  It is a day of temptation when it comes to our diet. It can be a day of binging on chocolate bunnies and marshmallow chicks!

So, how does one deal with this tsunami of sugar? Moderation, that’s how. And avoiding all of the aspects of treats.

Like Halloween, Easter can be a sugar nightmare unless you take a measured approach to how much or how many your celebrants can munch on.  Try a few of these ideas to help minimize the effects of the sugar, even if you can’t cut it out completely;

  • Start with a balanced breakfast or lunch before the egg hunt or celebration. Protein (eggs, meats), natural sugars (fruits) and “good” carbs (whole grain breads) will help balance the refined sugars in candy.
  • Practice moderation. As with Halloween, limit how much from their haul of goodies they can have.
  • Flush it out. Make sure lots of fresh, clean water is available to keep your family hydrated during the festivities.
  • Offer smaller portions, like a loot bag instead of a free-choice basket.
  • Just don’t give out candy. Yeah, we know that’s hard, but you can substitute things like homemade treats, carrots and things like hard-cooked eggs (really!).
  • And consider those in your group who are dealing with diabetes.

If your Easter celebrants do come down with an upset stomach or a reaction to the sugars or dies and ingredients, give us a call.  We can advise you how to treat that malady.  And we are here should things get really serious.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

The Healthcare Search Game
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Finding quality healthcare can be like a shell game.  Or a game of 20 questions.  Or any other guessing game.

By using online services like Healthgrades, WebMD, ZocDoc and FindaTopDoc you can read reviews and the backgrounds of physicians and healthcare options.  This gives you a better chance of “winning the game” of finding the best healthcare for you and your family. Like any other buying decision, choosing healthcare is really a relationship-based exercise. As has been said many times, “people do business with people, they know, like and trust.”

We here at Frontline ER are very fortunate to have one of our own highlighted on one of these sites. Dr. Neal Agarwal is featured on FindATopDoc. Dr. A is a featured Top Doc and his page features his biography as well as his patient ratings and specialties.

Thanks, Dr. A, for your great work and for being a featured Top Doc!

“Having one of our docs featured on these search sites is a tremendous opportunity,” Laura Tschida said. “Being found by patients searching for help close by gives us an opportunity to build a relationship before they come in the door.”

Laura is Marketing Director for Frontline ER.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

The Sisterhood of the ER
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It takes a lot of work to realize a career as a physician.  It takes a village, a team, a shared vision.  It’s about knowing what you want to do, then doing it.  It is rare.

Now imagine you are a twin. Each of you has a medical degree.  And working, not only in the same field, but for the same organization.

Wow. That’s pretty rare, too!

We here at Frontline ER are very fortunate to have in our ranks two very talented doctors.  Dr. Mekeshia (Keshia) Fitzgerald and Dr. Meshann (Shann) Fitzgerald are two of our top-notch docs at our Richmond location.

“Our friends tell us that we are always together,” Keshia said.  “But never at work.”

The Doctors Fitzgerald started life in rural Mississippi.  Because of visionary parents, they grew up in a variety of places ranging from Georgia to California.  Each earned their medical degree (as well as undergraduate and advanced degrees) from different schools.

“Our mother felt we needed to aspire to something beyond a job at the local store,” Keshia said. “We learned to see past the immediate.”

Keshia earned her medical degree at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, PA.  Shann earned her MD from Creighton University in Omaha, NE. Both are active in their community as volunteers.

Each got involved with medicine because of an intense interest in science and in wanting to help people. And their family is intensely important to them.

“We graduated from medical school on successive weekends in 2006,” Shann said.  “We celebrated with our parents and brother.  It was a most special time for us.”

At Frontline ER they have worked as attending physicians since 2017 at our Houston location. This location serves patients in Mission Bend, Richmond and Sugar Land.

“We are very proud of and grateful for the Doctors Fitzgerald,” Dr. Ethan Tran said.  Dr. Tran is Medical Director for all Frontline ER locations.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Imaging and Women’s History Month
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What do Women’s History Month and medical imaging have in common?

Marie Curie.

The first woman to win a Nobel Prize (actually two), Madam Curie was the champion of developing x-ray imaging as well as many cancer treatments. Because of her research and studies we have the modern x-ray machines in use daily around the world.

Here at Frontline ER, we are proud of our imaging capability and of Madam Curie’s legacy.  Our imaging capabilities include not only x-rays and radiological services, but CT scans (including low radiation) and ultrasounds (including fetal ultrasounds).  This capability allows us immediate results, so our physicians can diagnose and treat each patient more quickly.  Couple this with our comprehensive laboratory services and care is quick and thorough, 24/7/365.

Not only did Madam Curie work to develop the x-ray, she was also a pioneer in the treatment of battlefield injuries during World War I.  And you might call her the mother of mobile radiography, as she built truck-based x-ray units during the war.  In a way, she pioneered emergency field ER services.

Emergency medicine has long been a place where women health care professionals have not only served but excelled.  With women representing half of all medical school student bodies and almost half of all physicians, if you seek emergency care, chances are you will be treated by a woman.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

*photo courtesy of Wikipedia

 

Common Household Poisons and Their Treatment
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Whether you know it or not, there are things in your house right now that could cause you, or, worse, your children, harm.

There are a number of items in your home that could or do contain components that are poisonous to children, adults and pets.

The first defense is prevention: secure these items out of reach of children and in their original containers.  And poison-proof your home.

A short list of things you should keep an eye on or allow limited access to:

  • Cosmetics and personal care products.
  • Bug and insect sprays (pesticides).
  • Pain medicines.
  • Laundry cleaners including soap pods, detergents and bleach.

What should you do if your child or you are exposed to or ingest any of these items?

First, call 9-1-1. Or Frontline ER.

Be sure you have access to the package or container, so you can tell the operator the nature of the item causing the emergency.  Read the label.  If you have more time, call the 800 number on the label and follow the guidelines spelled out on the label for an emergency. Some of those recommendations could include:

  • Inducement of vomiting (take care with this as many caustic materials can cause even more harm; see the link above).
  • Feeding of milk or water.
  • Washing of skin and clothing.
  • Flushing out eyes with clean water.

Should the operator tell you to seek immediate medical attention, call or visit your closest Frontline ER.  We are here to help and can help the treatment and recovery start sooner than a hospital ER can.

Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.

Keeping Warm and Safe During Cold Weather
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This past week of extreme weather throughout Texas was—forgive this word—unprecedented. Snow, extreme cold, loss of heat and light, broken pipes and shut off water.

What are we supposed to do in times like this to stay safe, warm, dry and healthy?  A few of the difficulties that you might suffer should you have experienced these drastic conditions:

How can you prevent or treat these various maladies?

Hypothermia is caused when an individual is exposed to cold and wet conditions.  It is when the body loses heat faster than it can produce it.  Treatment involves warming the core of the person after removing any wet clothing.

Frostbite is an injury to the body caused by freezing It causes a loss of feeling and color in affected areas like fingers, toes and the end of one’s nose. Dress properly and minimize exposure of the skin to extreme cold temperatures.

Trenchfoot is caused when one’s feet are exposed to wet and cold conditions for prolonged periods.  It is usually the result of the whole body being cold and shutting down the circulation to the feet to keep the rest of the body warm. Skin tissue dies with this loss of circulation and the buildup of toxins. Avoid having wet, cold feet by staying dry and warm.

Being exposed to CO2 (carbon dioxide) is probably the most dangerous.  The colorless, odorless, tasteless non-flammable gas is usually emitted by appliances and devices burning gasoline, wood, propane, charcoal or other fuels in a poorly or non-vented area. Avoid using these devices or make sure they are vented appropriately or used outdoors.

Whether immediate treatment is applied or follow up is needed, an immediate visit or follow up is recommended.  Frontline ER is an acute care emergency room providing healthcare services to the communities we live and work within. Give us a call or contact us through our website should you have more questions about our services.