One in three Americans will visit an emergency room in a given year, and each of them will enter the ER with a unique set of medical circumstances that must be assessed and treated with extreme urgency. If you are involved in a medical emergency, you want to be assured that you receive the best, most advanced care possible. As this article will explain, the facilities at River Oaks Emergency Center are equipped with the latest technologies to allow our staff of professionals to provide quick diagnose and treatment in a time of crisis.
Most people have had X-rays. X-ray technology uses electromagnetic radiation to make an image called a radiograph. Healthcare professionals use X-rays to search for broken bones, problems in the lungs or abdomen, tumors in the breast tissue, and other problems. An X-ray is fast and painless and the amount of radiation exposure is minimal.
Ultrasound technology uses high-frequency sound waves to examine organs within the body, such as the heart, kidneys, blood vessels, liver, and other organs. Ultrasound is also used during pregnancy to evaluate the health of the fetus. With an ultrasound, there is no exposure to radiation as there is with an X-ray.
A computerized tomography, or CT scan, provides a more complete picture of the body than X-rays or ultrasound. A CT takes a series of X-rays from many angles and creates cross-sectional images of the body’s bones and soft tissues. A CT has a wide variety of uses, but it is especially useful for rapidly providing an image of a person who may have internal injuries, such as from an auto accident or other trauma.
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Blood tests allow healthcare professionals check the function of your organs and diagnose certain diseases and conditions. While there may be some discomfort, the procedure of having blood drawn is generally easy and fast, and most people have no complaints.
The professional staff at River Oaks Emergency Center of Houston is expertly trained in the technologies described above. For more information, visit our website or call us at (713) 469-3223.
When it comes to the cold and flu, some symptoms are normally and others definitely are not. Watch this video to find out when a cold or flu requires medical treatment:
If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned in this video, seek physician care immediately. If you are experience any symptoms that become dangerous, seek out emergency care at River Oaks Emergency Center of Houston. Give us a call at (713) 469-3223 to get information about our emergency care before you need it.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 935,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. Many people think of heart disease as a “man’s disease,” yet it is the leading cause of death among women, accounting for one in four deaths. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of a heart attack may save your life or the life of a loved one.
This video describes the symptoms of heart attack in women, which are often different than they are for men. If you’re experiencing symptoms, especially in relation to exercise or emotional stress, you should immediately call 911 or go to your nearest emergency center.
River Oaks Emergency Center is a fully equipped emergency center serving the greater Houston area. Our professional staff provides comprehensive care for all manner of critical care situations and medical emergencies. Call (713) 469-3223 for more information.
Often, when someone experiences discomfort or pain in the chest, they will assume that it’s a heart attack. Yet chest pain, which is described as pain that occurs along the front of the body between the upper abdomen and the neck, can stem from several different causes, only some of which are life-threatening. Knowing what the different causes are may help you determine whether or not you require emergency care.
Several lung issues can cause chest pain, including blood clots or a collapsed lung, both of which require emergency care. Pneumonia may also cause chest pain that tends to worsen when you take a deep breath or cough. In addition, the lining of the lungs can swell; this often results in sharp chest pain that increases in severity with deep breaths or coughing.
There are many heart- and blood-vessel-related issues that can cause chest pain. One is a heart attack, the symptoms of which may be a squeezing sensation, heavy pressure, tightness, or crushing pain. This pain may extend to the shoulder, arm, back, or jaw. If you have certain cardiac risk factors, your chances of having a heart attack are greater. Another cause of chest pain is a tear in the wall of the aorta, which prompts sudden and severe pain in the chest and upper back. Also, the sac that surrounds the heart can swell, which causes pain in the center of the chest. If you have any of these symptoms, you should call 911 or go to your nearest emergency room.
Chest pain may also be the result of other non-emergent factors, including panic attacks (often accompanied by rapid breathing), inflammation, muscle or tendon strain between the ribs, gallstones (often aggravated by eating a fatty meal), heartburn or reflux, or a stomach ulcer or gastritis (pain which occurs on an empty stomach and is relieved after eating).
If you experience chest pain, it’s generally best to consult your doctor. The professional staff at River Oaks Emergency Center, serving the greater Houston area, is always available to answer questions and provide emergency medical care. Contact us at (713) 469-3223.
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