Last updated 1 day 22 hours ago
Winter is hard on the heart. Across the globe, heart attacks spike during winter months. In fact, the three most deadly days for heart attacks are Christmas, the day after Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Why do heart attacks increase so much around the holidays and during winter as whole? The answer is complicated.
Doctors believe that cold temperatures may be a factor in winter heart attack rates. Cold weather constricts blood vessels, which could create havoc for the heart. People are also more likely to catch colds or the flu during the winter, and both of these conditions put undue strain on the heart. As for the holiday increase in heart attacks, stress may play a role. People are also often hesitant to break up holiday gatherings to go to the emergency room, so they delay treatment. Likewise, they may be away from their usual physicians and may want to wait until they are back on familiar ground to get care.
Heart attacks always require emergency medical treatment. If you suspect you or someone you love is having a heart attack, go to River Oaks Emergency Center right away. Our expert physicians are available 24 hours a day for all of your medical emergencies. Call our Houston ER at (713) 469-3223 to learn more.
Last updated 23 days ago
If you experience an open fracture, your emergency room physician will treat it differently than a simple broken bone. That is because complications are more likely with open fractures. With emergency medical care and your compliance with the prescribed treatment plan, your open fracture should heal completely.
The reason open fractures are more complicated than simple fractures is that the bone breaks the skin. Not only does this make re-setting the bone more challenging, but it also significantly increases the risk of infection. With open fractures, it is often necessary to perform surgery to fix the broken bones with pins or screws. For minor open fractures, the wound may be sealed with stitches. If the loss of tissue has been too great for stitches, antibiotic beads may be placed on the wound, which is then temporarily covered with a dressing. Eventually, a skin graft can be used to cover the wound.
At River Oaks Emergency Center, we’re equipped to deal with all of your medical emergencies, including complex open fractures. When you need emergency treatment, visit our full-service, 24-hour ER. Learn more by calling (713) 469-3223.
Last updated 27 days ago
Alcohol poisoning is a serious condition that requires emergency medical care. If left untreated, life-threatening complications can develop. If you suspect someone is suffering from alcohol poisoning, dial 911 or rush him or her to the emergency room. This video offers advice for keeping the person safe while you wait for medical help.
A person suffering from alcohol poisoning may struggle to breathe. Make sure the airways are clear of obstructions and loosen his or her clothing. Roll the person onto his or her side to reduce the risk of choking on vomit. Perform CPR if the person is not breathing.
River Oaks Emergency Center is here 24 hours a day to deal with medical crises like this alcohol poisoning. To find out more about our emergency medical services, call (713) 469-3223.
Last updated 1 month ago
Contrary to popular belief, concussions aren’t just a risk if someone is knocked unconscious by a blow to the head. Anytime your child sustains even a minor head injury, they are at risk for a concussion. It’s important to get emergency medical care if you suspect your child could have a concussion to prevent long-term complications. Here is what you need to know.
style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 13px;">What Causes Concussions?
Concussions are brain injuries that cause temporary loss of brain function. They can happen with any head injury. Kids who play sports have a higher risk of getting concussions, but concussions also happen as the result of car accidents, bike accidents, and falls. Your child does not have to hit their head particularly hard to develop a concussion. It’s important to closely monitor behavior after a blow to the head so you can catch any signs of a concussion early.
style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 13px;">What Are the Symptoms of Concussions?
Unconsciousness is an obvious sign of a concussion, but most people with concussions don’t actually lose consciousness. Other symptoms of concussions include extreme fatigue, confusion, headache, vomiting, dizziness, blurred vision, and seizures. People with concussions may also have slurred speech and difficulty walking. Concussions can cause one pupil to grow larger than the other. Note that concussion symptoms can appear up to 72 hours after the initial injury.
style="font-size: 11px; line-height: 13px;">How Are Concussions Treated?
Concussions always require emergency medical care. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, emergency room doctors may order a CT scan or MRI to rule out bleeding in the brain. After serious complications are ruled out, the doctor can prescribe a program of rest that will allow the brain to recover. Expect your child to have restrictions on both physical and mental activities, including test-taking. Don’t allow your child to take part in sports, gym class, recess, or other activities until a doctor has let you know that it’s okay to do so.
Our pediatric emergency department at River Oaks Emergency Center is here to help with all of your child’s emergency medical needs. Our full-service emergency room is open 24 hours each day for patients of all ages. Call us at (713) 469-3223 with any questions about our services.