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23/Mar/2017

When it comes to exercising, it seems like people are never at a loss for new excuses. “I work too much,” “I don’t have time,” “My kid needs help with their homework,” “I walk a lot at my job…” the list goes on and on. But even in a small town like Laredo, “I don’t have anywhere to work out,” is the last excuse you should make for why you aren’t working out.


23/Mar/2017

Obesity is one of the greatest health risks facing the United States today. While obesity may be preventable, it has many causes that people don’t usually think about. Diet and exercise make an obvious impact on a person’s obesity, but they aren’t the only important factors to consider. Income, ethnicity, and where you live are closely linked to the development of obesity.


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23/Mar/2017

February is a month full of love, sweets, roses, and … heart health! It’s not just a time to celebrate your loved ones; February is a great time to take steps toward improving the health of your heart. Heart disease affects more than 600,000 Americans each year. This can be in the form of coronary artery disease, heart attack, irregular heart rhythm or heart valve disease. However, there are ways you can start taking care of your heart and reduce your risk for heart disease.

Heart-Healthy Eating

You don’t have to give up foods immediately, but you can make small changes in what you eat. We all love snacking, but snacks can add unwanted sugar and sodium. Switch up the bag of chips for healthier options such as apples, berries, whole-grain crackers, rice cakes, nuts, and seeds. If you’re used to grabbing a soda (loaded with sugar), try sparkling water or soymilk instead. For those with a sweet tooth, try a baked apple or bake banana nut bread. Both are delicious and healthier alternatives.

Daily Exercise

One of the best ways to improve your cardiovascular health is exercise. It doesn’t have to be boring, and we’re not asking you to start CrossFit tomorrow (unless you want to). According to the American Heart Association, they recommend “at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity at least five days per week for a total of 150 minutes” for overall cardiovascular health. You can walk your dog, ride your bicycle or lightly jog. What matters is finding an exercise activity that you like doing, or finding an exercise buddy to help keep you accountable.

Manage Your Stress

Stress affects your mental health as well as your physical health. It can give you a headache, tighten muscles, and clench your jaw. When you’re stressed, it can cause your breathing to quicken and your heart rate and blood pressure to rise. If you have a history of heart disease, it’s important you learn how to manage your stress. Studies have shown meditation helps lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

Quit Smoking

It’s not easy, but we highly recommend taking those cigarettes to the trash. When you quit smoking, you reduce your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis (a buildup of fatty substances in your arteries), lung cancer, and stroke. If you’re not a smoker, be sure that you avoid other people’s smoke as “second hand” smoke can still cause health issues.

Know the Signs of a Heart Attack

Pay attention to the signs your body is telling you. These are the common symptoms of a heart attack:

  • Chest pain or discomfort
  • Jaw, neck, back pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweatiness
  • Nausea
  • Lightheadedness

If you are experiencing any chest pain, come to our facility. Laredo Emergency Room is located at 7510 McPherson Rd, and we’re open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No appointments necessary. Follow us on Twitter to learn health tips for you and your family!

 


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23/Mar/2017

Holidays: the perfect time to gather around family, sip seasonal beverages and enjoy what your life has given you. Oh, and also the time to worry about gift-giving, deal with holiday travel, handle kids that are out of school and interact with difficult family members.


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23/Mar/2017

At birth, there are more men than women globally. Men outnumber their female counterparts 105 to 100. By the time men and women hit 65 to 74 years of age, however, the table is turned, and men are outnumbered by women 80 to 100.


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23/Mar/2017

Most people agree: the best part of Halloween is the sack of sugary sweets carted home at the end of the night. Even though we know candy is best kept as a special treat, many of us see Halloween as a free pass to indulge, or overindulge. It sounds like a good idea at first, but we often end up overindulging.


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23/Mar/2017

The summer break has come to an end, and hopefully it’s been a good one. It’s time for the kids to go back to school, focus on class, and get into extracurricular activities. As you help them adjust to their first month back at school, we want to help you set them up for a safe and healthy year! Here are 5 back-to-school tips for you to keep in mind.


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23/Mar/2017

Do you know how easy it is to get sick from food contamination? You probably know someone who’s been stuck at home with food poisoning. Food contamination is a possibility if you don’t know how to prepare your food properly.

You need to know about foodborne illnesses and how to avoid them. Food has always been a tricky area. Even when things are all natural and organic, food is still subject to contamination.


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