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Life Loves a (Healthy) Liver
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The liver is a big part of the body’s filtration system.  And it is also home to a number of maladies and illnesses if you aren’t careful in caring for it.

It is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood and fights infections.  The liver can get inflamed or damaged by heavy alcohol use, toxins some medications and certain medical conditions. Then there is the viral condition called hepatitis.

How will you know when or if you have liver issues that need to be treated at the ER? You suffer from one of the following symptoms:

  • Bleeding from the rectum or a bloody stool.
  • Bloody vomit.
  • Fever with shaking.
  • Confusion and sleepiness that keep you from doing anything.
  • Yellow eyes indicating jaundice.

What are the causes of these symptoms? What brings them on?

  • The hepatitis viruses, A, B and C.
  • Fatty liver disease and cirrhosis brought on by drugs, poisons or excessive alcohol.
  • Liver cancer.
  • Inherited diseases including hemochromatosis and Wilson disease.

What’s the best way to keep your liver healthy?

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Eat a balanced diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Avoid toxins like aerosols, insecticides and additives.
  • Be responsible with alcohol.
  • Don’t use illicit drugs.
  • Practice effective hygiene and safe sex.
  • Keeping vaccinations up to date.
  • Wash your hands.

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.

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Eating Right When You Think You’re Not!
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As the ultimate junk food nation, we are surrounded by the temptation of empty calories daily. Keeping to a healthy diet is a huge challenge.  But the efforts can pay off in healthier and happier you. There are lots of ways to celebrate your favorite foods (and drinks) in July.

While July celebrates National Junk Food Day (no kidding!), that doesn’t mean you have to over indulge nor should you completely abstain.  A fast-food burger and fries on an infrequent basis won’t kill you—unless you think in frequent is every other day.  Here’s a list of the healthiest fast food places for reference.

If fast food isn’t your thing, perhaps the finer things like wine and cheese appeal to you? The healthy aspects of wine (usually reds and about one glass per day) include being:

  • Rich in antioxidants which reduce one’s risk for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
  • Containing anti-inflammatory compounds which help keep certain illnesses at bay including heart disease, certain cancers and autoimmune disorders.
  • The ability to reduce blood pressure, high cholesterol and metabolic diseases.
  • Helping your mental health.
  • Lengthen your life.
  • Promote gut bacteria the good kind).

And if all else fails, July is National Grilling Out Month.   Get the family together and cook your favorite meat over an open flame. Beef, chicken and pork are the usual suspects, but what about seafood and veggies? Yum!

At the end of the day, be sure and watch what you eat and stay safe from those hot coals and outdoor bugs and pests.  Enjoy a healthy (and smart) meal and stay safe so you don’t end up in the ER!

Frontline ER prides ourselves in having some of the best-trained ER doctors and nurses around along with state-of-the-art treatments for a variety of conditions.  Our facilities are fully equipped and a clean and safe environment, featuring private rooms and a full-service lab and dispensary. We bill out-of-network for most insurance plans but accept what the networks pay.

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.

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A Healthy Mind Means a Healthy Body
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We all work too hard and really should listen better.  Studies have shown being socially well means your body is also healthy. And maintaining our brain health as we age can help stave off dementia, memory loss and other brain function issues.

Overwork and chronic stress can have long-term consequences.  If you are a workaholic, your all-work-and-no-play lifestyle can lead to:

  • Increased fat in the body.
  • Retention of salt.
  • Lower resistance to cancer, infections and illness.
  • Reduced fertility and sexual performance.
  • Exacerbated diabetes.
  • Aggravated blood pressure, cholesterol and circulatory issues.

Along the same lines, loneliness and isolation can also take a toll on your physical health. If you are lonely or if you know someone who is isolated, giving the gift of companionship can not only help your friend but your spirits will brighten as well.  Whether they are suffering from grief or have financial stress, driving off loneliness can help hold back depression and put a smile on a face in need. And give you something to smile about, too.

“A burden shared is a burden halved.” – T.A. Webb

Perhaps the best way to improve your health and outlook is by being quiet and just listening.  As the saying goes, “God gave you two ears and one mouth, so you could listen twice as much as you talk.” By tuning into the world around you (natural sounds, the voices of others), you find yourself more calm, leading to lowered blood pressure, lowered anxiety and, honestly, you might learn something!

Frontline ER prides ourselves in having some of the best-trained ER doctors and nurses around along with state-of-the-art treatments for a variety of conditions.  Our facilities are fully equipped and a clean and safe environment, featuring private rooms and a full-service lab and dispensary. We bill out-of-network for most insurance plans but accept what the networks pay.

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.

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Enjoying the Sun without Making Yourself the Main Course
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With July 3rd being National Stay Out of the Sun Day (really), it reminds us that caring for the largest organ of our bodies is just as important as caring for our brain, heart, lungs or kidneys.

If you are a “Sun worshiper” and enjoy tanning and being outdoors uncovered, then maybe you should consider a day off.  While fresh air and sunshine are generally considered healthy, it can be too much of a good thing.  Too much Sun can result in:

  • Skin damage (including sunburn).
  • Premature aging.
  • Potential skin cancers.

How can you protect yourself from bright Sun? Try one or more of these preventative options:

  • Lather up with sunscreen.
  • Head for the shade.
  • Stay hydrated (good for the rest of your body as well).
  • Put on a floppy, shades or put up an umbrella.

As the old adage goes. “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” taking precautions is the best approach to avoiding summertime maladies.  However, should you need to be treated for sunburn or dehydration or other related conditions, please seek medical attention.

Frontline ER prides ourselves in having some of the best-trained ER doctors and nurses around along with state-of-the-art treatments for a variety of conditions.  Our facilities are fully equipped and a clean and safe environment, featuring private rooms and a full-service lab and dispensary. We bill out-of-network for most insurance plans but accept what the networks pay.

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.

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Focusing on Men’s Health
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When it comes to general health, there are gender differences.  While men face many of the general health issues that women also face (heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancer, depression), men also face some gender-specific health challenges.  Compared to women, men are more likely to:

  • Drink more alcohol and consume more tobacco
  • Engage in risky behaviors
  • Not see a doctor for regular check ups

That last one really rings true, doesn’t it?

Seriously, most men should get regular checkups and be on watch for these maladies:

  1. Alcohol use
  2. Cardiovascular disease
  3. Depression and suicide
  4. Diabetes
  5. Erectile dysfunction
  6. Injuries from accidents
  7. Liver disease
  8. Prostate cancer
  9. Respiratory disease
  10. Skin cancer
  11. The flu and pneumonia

While some are specific to men (numbers 5 and 8 above), the others impact men differently than women. Depression and suicide are less likely to be acknowledged and skin cancer rates are almost twice that of women.

Whatever the case, prevention and being openly aware of your health and conditions will ensure you live a happy and healthy life.

Frontline ER prides ourselves in having some of the best-trained ER doctors and nurses around along with state-of-the-art treatments for a variety of conditions.  Our facilities are fully equipped and a clean and safe environment, featuring private rooms and a full-service lab and dispensary. We bill out-of-network for most insurance plans but accept what the networks pay.

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.

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Brain Health Awareness—Staying Sharp
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A healthy body is a common topic.  But what about a healthy brain?  Brain health is something we should all be aware of and ready to cope with as we age.

A basic healthy brain begins with:

  • Regular physical exercise
  • Proper food and nutrition
  • Sound medical health
  • Adequate sleep and relaxation
  • A fit mind
  • An active social life

As they say, a sound body leads to a sound mind.  Studies show that those with a healthy body and regular exercise routine suffer less from the effects of dementia and Alzheimer’s in their later years.

Eating right puts the right nutrients into your body and bloodstream.

If you regularly see your doctor and make an effort to stay healthy your mind should follow suit.

Sleep and relaxation are how your body, and mind, recharge.

Keeping your mind sharp with regular stimulation—doing that crossword in the Sunday paper, for example—will help you stay mentally on top of things.

Having an active social life with circles of friends keeps your mind—and smile—working.  Remembering names, engaging in conversation, keeps your brain running smoothly.

Frontline ER prides ourselves in having some of the best-trained ER doctors and nurses around along with state-of-the-art treatments for a variety of conditions.  Our facilities are fully equipped and a clean and safe environment, featuring private rooms and a full-service lab and dispensary. We bill out-of-network for most insurance plans but accept what the networks pay.

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.

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The Effective Emergency Treatment of Migraines—Up Close and Personal
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We’ve talked about migraines in this space before—what they are, how they can be prevented and treated.  Now we have a real world example of what it is like to be afflicted with and what can be done to treat a migraine.

A few days ago, an Instagram poster chronicled her visit to Frontline ER seeking migraine relief.  Her post is very detailed and gives a real-life example of what it is like to both suffer a migraine and gain relief from the affliction.

Calling it an “invisible” health issue, Andrea Fox (@missafox) describes herself as “dealing with loss” and with the migraines being “a lot to carry.”  She goes on to say that the 8-hour treatment came at the right time.

Earlier (back in January), Ms. Fox also visited Frontline ER seeking treatment.  On that visit she described our docs and nurses as “always so kind and understanding and they know exactly how to treat migraines.”

Thank you very much, Ms. Fox, for the kind words.  It is our pleasure to serve you and get you back on your feet.

We pride ourselves in having some of the best-trained ER doctors and nurses around along with state-of-the-art treatments for conditions including migraines and other chronic conditions.  Our facilities are fully equipped and a clean and safe environment, featuring private rooms and a full-service lab and dispensary. We bill out-of-network for most insurance plans, but accept what the networks pay.

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.

Understanding Blood Pressure
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We hear about it almost every day: blood pressure.

So, what is this thing about pressuring my blood?  And what should I know about it?

When your heart beats, it squeezes and pushes blood through your arteries to the rest of your body.  Measuring the pressure created by this force is called  taking your blood pressure.  It can tell you many things about your overall health, particularly when it comes to your cardiovascular system.

When a blood pressure (BP) cuff is put on you the device comes up with two numbers:

  • Systolic
  • Diastolic

The first number, systolic BP, is a measure of the pressure the heart causes when it pushes blood out. This number can range from below 120 to over 180:

  • Normal: below 120.
  • Elevated: 120-129.
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 130-139.
  • Stage 2 hypertension: 140 or more.
  • Hypertensive crisis: 180 or more. Call 911 or come to Frontline)

Diastolic BP, the second number, is the pressure put on the arteries when the heart rests between beats.  These numbers range from under 80 to over 120:

  • Normal: lower than 80
  • Stage 1 hypertension: 80-89.
  • Stage 2 hypertension: 90 or more.
  • Hypertensive crisis: 120 or more. Call 911 or come to Frontline)

In each case, the higher the number, the more danger you might be in to be suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure).

You can lower or keep your blood pressure normal by:

  • Cutting back on sodium.
  • Getting more exercise.
  • Losing weight.
  • Eating healthy.
  • Limiting alcohol.

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.

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Stroke Awareness
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The fifth leading cause of death in the U. S. is stroke.  And it is also a major cause of disability for adults.

Since May is National Stroke Awareness Month, take a moment and learn about this health issue.

What is a stroke and how would I recognize if a loved one or someone around me is having one?  Basically, stroke is caused by blocked blood flow to the brain. Here are some of the warning signs of stroke:

  • Weakness in the face, arm or leg.
  • Difficulty speaking.
  • Vision loss.
  • Dizziness.
  • Brief loss of consciousness.

What can cause or contribute to a stroke?  Consider these risk factors:

  • Smoking.
  • Alcohol consumption.
  • High blood pressure.
  • High cholesterol.
  • Diabetes.
  • Poor eating choices.

Up to 80 percent of strokes could be prevented just by adopting a healthy lifestyle.

If you think someone is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.  Note the time when you first noticed the symptoms.

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.

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“Stand Up Straight”—Minding Your Posture!
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We all remember our parents telling us to “stand up straight” and “don’t sit like that or you’ll stay like that!”

They really had more than a straight back in mind (whether they knew it or not)  when they told us that.  Good posture is really a key part of our overall health.

How we hold our body, or our posture, can affect our health in several ways:

  • Misalign the musculoskeletal system.
  • Wear away at the spine.
  • Cause neck, shoulder and back pain.
  • Decrease flexibility.
  • Affect joints and their movement.
  • Increase the risk of falling and impact balance.
  • Affect digestion.
  • Impact breathing.

How can posture be improved?  Try a few of these tips:

  • Be mindful of your posture in your everyday activities. Stand up straight, keep your head level, don’t slouch.
  • Stay active. Exercise makes your body aware and certain types of exercise help posture and alignment. Tone your abs and work on your core muscles.
  • Stretch. Before you exercise or throughout the day, work your muscles and move. Stretching helps prevent injury.
  • Maintain a healthy weight. Don’t put extra strain on your back.
  • Wear comfortable and low-heeled shoes. Put most of your weight on the balls of your feet. Save the high heels and stiff wing tips for the big night out.
  • Be sure work surfaces are at a comfortable height. Don’t slump at your desk.

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.

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