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STAY HEALTHY. STAY OUT OF THE ER.


We love interacting with the people of the Laredo community, but we’d much rather do it outside the ER than inside it. Keep up with the latest knowledge from our professionals to help keep yourself in the peak of health.




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26/May/2020

We all experience pain – but some of us deal with it day in and day out. From knee pain and lower back pain to neck pain and more, chronic pain can come from many causes, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and migraine, to name a few, so it’s something that tens of millions of Americans must learn to live with. But how people with chronic pain manage it can have a huge effect on quality of life, so we’re sharing some tips on how you can live well with chronic pain.

Start with the basics.

It may sound obvious, but making sure that you are getting enough sleep can help diminish the intensity of chronic pain During sleep, your body can rest and restore itself, and without it, you’re unlikely to feel up to taking good care of yourself each following day. Yes, it can be difficult to achieve sleep when you’re in pain, but once you’ve been able to develop a good sleep routine, both pain management and sleep will get easier. Avoid screens, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine late in the day, indulge in a relaxing activity, such as a warm bath, and limit daytime naps to no more than 30 minutes.

Exercise also is an amazing way to relieve chronic pain. It is difficult to feel motivated to exercise in the first place when you’re in pain, but getting up and moving in whatever way you can should release endorphins and lessen your sensation of pain. Over the long term, exercise builds muscle strength, which is especially helpful for pain management of osteoarthritis.

Be mindful.

Studies have shown that the practice of “mindfulness” can be an effective way to manage chronic pain. Practicing mindfulness can start with meditation. It’s something you can do almost anywhere. Simply sit in a comfortable position with your arms relaxed. Relax each muscle in what is called a “body scan” to make sure you release tension throughout your body. Then focus only on the now and on your breathing. You can also visualize yourself pain free during this time.

Manage stress and mood.

Pain can get you down, but pain, stress, and depression can also turn into a vicious cycle. Getting yourself out of the cycle takes work, but it’s work that can pay off. Try deep breathing and stretching to manage the physical feelings of stress. Schedule time to relax each day. Build a social network for emotional support and opportunities for activities you enjoy. Even laughter among friends is a great pain management tool. Seeking out professional help from a cognitive behavioral therapist can also help you better cope and live with chronic pain.

Distract yourself.

Getting started or back into the habit of engaging with a hobby or activity you love can get your mind off of pain and help you to lead a fuller life. Read a good book. Start a journal. Begin a collection. Get your mind engaged and off your chronic pain and onto something you love.

However you choose to live with your chronic pain, be sure to involve a trusted medical professional who can offer advice and support – before your pain sends you to Laredo Emergency Room.


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26/May/2020

Think about it. If your feet don’t feel their best, especially as you age, a cascade of health-damaging events can happen. You might slow down – or, even worse, become truly sedentary. Then comes the weight gain, the slower metabolism, the reduced strength, and so on – all of which have the potential to lead to life-threatening conditions like cardiovascular disease, metabolic disorder, and diabetes that have patients coming to Laredo ER.

It makes sense, then, to keep your feet and legs in good shape – because healthy feet make for healthy living. What’s more, it’s thought that strong legs are linked to better brain health. And research shows that foot massage techniques can help relieve a variety of ailments, including anxiety and back pain.

But we at Laredo Emergency Room understand that building and maintaining strong legs and caring for your feet can seem like just something else to add to your to-do list, or maybe you don’t know where to start. Fortunately, it’s easier than you may think – and it starts with a few simple adjustments.

Start with supportive shoes. We know that in footwear, style is often a primary consideration, but with so much at stake, it’s much more important to select footwear for their comfort and support. Routinely wearing shoes that don’t properly support your feet – or, worse, pinch them into abnormal positions – can cause a variety of foot injuries and conditions ranging from bunions, corns to plantar fasciitis, and more. For healthy feet, choose well-fitting shoes with wider toe boxes, arch support, and low heels.

Prep them for exercise. Begin by warming up your feet with some brisk walking first. Then use your hands to pull your toes upward in a stretch, repeating 10 times for each foot, and then pull your toes downward toward the bottoms of your feet. You can also roll a tennis ball with your foot for a gentle, massaging stretch.

Try exercises that promote feet and leg health. Yoga and Pilates are great exercises for gently building strength in the leg muscles and can improve feet and leg circulation. Tai chi is a type of exercise that offers similar benefits and also has been shown to improve balance and reduce the incidents of falls in seniors. For targeted leg workouts, set aside a few minutes three to five times each week to do some tried-and-true leg exercises like lunges, squats, and leg lifts.

Lose weight if you need to. Excess weight can put a lot of stress on your lower body – and that includes your feet, which do the hard job of supporting your entire body. So, if you need to lose weight, make now the time you start working at it. Reducing your weight offers a host of health benefits for your entire body, from the feet up. And of course, if you’re already suffering from painful foot conditions that have affected your ability to stay active and strong, see your primary care physician. She will be able to advise you on next steps to take to get your feet in better health – and to ultimately keep you out of the emergency room


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26/May/2020

With the coronavirus pandemic, most of us now are faced with something we’ve never experienced before, so it’s understandable that most of us also have questions about what to do and what not to do. Laredo ER is here for you – not only for the emergency treatment you need, but also with the prevention information you need to stay safe and informed about COVID-19.

DO prepare. For most people, this simply means having enough household supplies and food to last for extended periods of time in quarantine. This includes medications you need during that time, as well as cleaning supplies and hygiene items like tissues and antibacterial soap.

DON’T panic. We understand the temptation to go overboard and panic-buy items once you’ve seen they are in short supply. However, this spiral of fear-driven hoarding behavior is resulting in important items not being available for other people who need them. Remember that for the average American, your risk of contracting the coronavirus is still low.

DO wash your hands. Laredo ER recommends you follow the World Health Organization’s guidelines for handwashing, which is to use warm water and soap and to scrub your hands well for at least 20 seconds – which is about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.” When you are done soaping up, rinse well and use a clean towel to dry. Wash your hands frequently throughout the day, before eating or cooking, and after using the bathroom, touching animals, blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If you don’t have access to soap and water, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

DO keep your surroundings clean. The coronavirus can live on surfaces several days, so it’s important to practice good sanitizing at home. Wipe down frequently used surfaces and objects, like countertops, doorknobs, remotes, and phones, with disinfecting wipes or cleaning sprays.

DON’T touch your face. This one is hard because we don’t really think about it, but every little scratch of the nose or touch of the lips is an opportunity to spread or pick up germs.

DO stay at home as much as possible. As schools and many businesses and special events are being shuttered, this is the time to practice “social distancing” to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible. The purpose is to slow the infection rate so that our healthcare system can keep up with the demands presented by the pandemic.

DO know the symptoms. The most prevalent symptom of coronavirus is fever, followed by a dry cough. Some patients also report fatigue, a wet cough, and shortness of breath, along with other symptoms. And if you start feeling ill with any of these symptoms, again, don’t panic. Call Laredo Emergency Room, and we’ll walk you through any next steps you need to take for treatment. Whether it’s just a cold, the flu, or COVID-19, we’re here for you.


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26/May/2020

If you’re like most people, every so often you look in the mirror or at your lifestyle and wish things were different. Perhaps right now you lead a sedentary lifestyle, are stuck in traffic for hours each day commuting between work and home, and are dining on fatty take-out food because you have no time to cook. You may sigh and wish you could suddenly become a fitness guru, a vegan, a marathon athlete leading an active lifestyle. But it just seems so hard.

Whether you’re contemplating making some changes for your New Year’s resolutions or just tired of being tired and feeling like there’s no way out, Laredo Emergency Room has good news. It can be easier than you think – with these active lifestyle and work out tips.

  • Start small. Instead of planning to sprint for 45 minutes every day, add three brisk walks of 10 minutes apiece for five days each week. You’ll be better able to avoid injury and increase your stamina over time, leading to the energy and strength you need to tackle longer, more intense fitness routines.
  • Find opportunities to add activity. Another easy way to enjoy a more active lifestyle is to find opportunities for physical activity in the everyday. Park at the far end of the lot. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Pace while talking on the phone.
  • Take breaks. We can’t completely avoid seated activities, especially those of us who work in an office setting. But taking a brief, even one-minute break to stand and stretch can help improve circulation and give you a boost of energy – just what you need to feel good during the work day.
  • Beat the rush hour. Instead of spending your rush hour sitting in traffic, stop by a park or gym that’s close to your place of work. Your overall time spent on commuting and your workout will be reduced, giving you more time to do other things you love.
  • Take up a hobby. Who doesn’t love binging on their favorite shows? But how about trying a new hobby instead? Wood crafting. Drawing or sewing. Gardening. Playing with your kids. It can be anything that gets you off the sofa, even if it isn’t strenuous exercise. Any increase in movement adds to your overall health, and it can give you a confidence boost when you learn a new skill.
  • Meditate. Sometimes just taking a quiet moment to be still and focus on your breathing and your thoughts is all you need to feel calm and refreshed. Besides, meditation has been shown to help reduce stress, improve sleep, and control blood pressure, among other health benefits.
  • Drink water. Staying properly hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for your overall health. Try to drink at least six to eight glasses of water each day for a variety of benefits, including improved energy and skin health. Especially when you engage in fitness activities, you need to replace fluids lost through sweat, so plan to drink even more after exercise.
  • Find healthier food replacements. Time is short for many of us, making it easier to stop by the take-out joint rather than cook healthy meals. But taking small steps can make this important change easier. Cook in big batches when you do have time and freeze the leftovers for another day. Swap out refined (white) carbohydrates for healthful whole grains. Try ground turkey for your burger instead of beef. By gradually incorporating healthier food choices like these, you’ll find that over time, your diet can make a big transformation easily.

Too often, people emerge from the holiday season overeager to overdo it – and end up suffering from injuries or even heart events. So as much as we at Laredo Emergency Room care about our community, we’d rather you stay healthy and feeling good than have to seek out emergency room treatment – and following our active lifestyle and work out tips is a great way to get going in the right direction.

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26/May/2020

Hear the words “emergency room,” and what used to come to mind may have been crowded waiting rooms and chaos. But over the last decade, that expectation has begun to change, as freestanding emergency room facilities have expanded access, bringing emergency room and urgent care type services closer to home. The result is a setting devoted to quality treatment, community service, and lower wait times.

Yet still a lack of understanding persists about who and what emergency rooms like Laredo ER are designed to treat. In answer, Laredo Emergency Room can be your first line of access to treatment in virtually any emergency.

If you or someone you know experience symptoms like these, it’s time to head to Laredo Emergency Room:

Sudden severe headache, confusion, or trouble with breathing, speaking, walking, moving, or seeing

Fainting or dizziness and/or weakness that does not resolve with rest or that is felt on one side of the body

Broken bones, heavy bleeding, and serious wounds, burns, or pain

High fever that does not improve with medications or that is accompanied by headache and stiff neck

Vomiting (especially of blood) or loose stools that do not improve

Pain in the chest, arm, or jaw, which can indicate heart attack

Poisoning by fumes or smoke inhalation – or overdose of drugs or alcohol

Suicidal thoughts

Seizures

Serious allergic reactions

Severe nausea or abdominal pain

Pneumonia and related complications

When more specialized treatment or overnight observation is needed, Laredo Emergency Room can still ensure your condition is made stable enough for the transport via ambulance to out-of-neighborhood hospitals.

With such a broad range of services provided at freestanding emergency rooms, suburban communities have faster access to 24/7 treatment, imaging, and testing and can avoid the longer travel distances and wait times associated with hospital-based emergency departments. With so much to offer, including board-certified emergency physicians and expert staff, it’s no wonder freestanding emergency rooms are experiencing such growth.

We’ve got you covered

As for who Laredo Emergency Room treats, the answer is in our insurance acceptance. Laredo ER accepts all major insurance providers, including Aetna, Cigna, UnitedHealthcare, and BlueCross BlueShield of Texas. We also offer payment plans to help families get the treatment you need while staying in a budget that works for you.

At Laredo Emergency Room, we hope you never experience a medical emergency. But if you do, we’re here to help.

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26/May/2020

Halloween has got to be one of our favorite holidays – the weather is getting cooler, friends and family are throwing great parties, and the kids are all dressed up and ready to trick-or-treat! This holiday was practically made for the kids, but we know that as parents, letting the kids run around the neighborhood in masks, asking random neighbors for candy, and carving up pumpkins with sharp knives are not the most comforting thoughts. It’s true that Halloween comes with its own set of risks and potential dangers, but if you’re armed with a few safety tips, your family will have no trouble enjoying this special holiday to the fullest.

Costume Safety

We know that it’s tempting to go for the most elaborate costume in the costume store (who doesn’t want to be Pennywise or Jon Snow?) but if you plan on going around the neighborhood with the kids, pick a costume that is less involved – you don’t want to be a walking safety hazard! Some good things to keep in mind when selecting a safe costume are:

Avoid masks that can obstruct your vision, and avoid sharp objects like swords or knives

If you’re going to be out after dark, be sure to have on light-colored clothing, or have reflective surfaces on your outfit

Always buy non-toxic makeup to avoid irritating your skin

Remove all makeup from yourself and the kids before going to bed to prevent eye and skin irritation

Trick-or-Treating Tips

It should go without saying that if you’re going to let the younger kids out to hunt for candy, be sure that they always have a responsible adult with them. Review routes with older kids who might be going alone or with friends and agree on a specific time to return home. Only travel in familiar, well-lit areas and make sure the children know never to enter a stranger’s house or vehicle. If you plan on inspecting the candy loot, be sure to instruct your kids not to dig into their stash until they return home. It’s also worth mentioning here that if you plan on driving during prime trick-or-treating hours, be extra aware of children on neighborhood roadways.

Candy Safety

There are a lot of concerns to consider when sifting through a pile of Halloween candy – are there sharp objects in here? What if my child is allergic to something? Is there such a thing as “healthy” candy? When in doubt, here are some good rules of thumb:

If you’re concerned about allergies, most likely other parents are too. Play it safe and choose allergy-friendly treat options

Only consume candy that has not been opened and still has the factory seal intact

Throw away any candy that has been opened or tampered with

With these tips in mind, the most important thing to remember now is to have fun! Have a safe, fun, spooky, and happy Halloween!

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26/May/2020

It seems like vape pens are everywhere in today’s society. You see people walking down the street, sitting in a restaurant, maybe even in school, all followed by large puffs of white smoke. Vaping is extremely common, and up until recently, totally acceptable to do almost anywhere other than an airplane. People have been convinced that using an electronic cigarette, or vape pen, is healthier for you than smoking real cigarettes, and might even be helpful in helping someone quit, but science is finding that the truth about vaping is just the opposite – vaping can be extremely detrimental to your lung health, sometimes even more so than real cigarettes.

Health Effects

It’s common knowledge that smoking in any form or fashion is going to be detrimental to your health, but there are certain health aspects you should know when reaching for a vape pen:

Vaping has been linked to 530 cases of lung injury and 7 confirmed deaths in the U.S.

Smoking nicotine results in 9 out of 10 all lung cancer deaths and more women die each year of lung cancer than from breast cancer

A smoker’s risk of lung cancer increases by 25 times in men, and 25.7 times in women

Smoking causes lung disease by damaging the airway and the small air sacs (alveoli) in your lungs

Other lung diseases caused by smoking include emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and COPD

Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die of COPD than non-smokers

People with asthma can have more frequent and more severe attacks triggered by vaping

General symptoms of deteriorating lung health include coughing, chest pain, trouble breathing, and fatigue

Secondhand smoke is another major issue for the community, as vaping is currently allowed in most public spaces. With a large majority of the people who vape being high school and middle school students, the danger of secondhand vape smoke is rising among those demographics. Secondhand smoke can cause many of the same side effects that smoking cigarettes can, leading to trouble breathing, illness, cancer, and even death. These effects are amplified by the ultra-fine aerosol particles found in smoke that comes from vaping.

State governments are now taking action against vape pen companies by cracking down on the sale and distribution of these products, but the only way to protect yourself from the adverse health effects of vape pens is to never pick them up. Your lungs will thank you!

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26/May/2020

Let’s face it, the beginning of the school year is a hectic time. Teachers and parents are stressed, and there are a million and one things to keep up with. Meanwhile, all of the kids are running around just trying to have fun or stay on task! It’s easy to see how germs and sickness can spread in the hustle and bustle of everything going on during this back-to-school time of year, but sick kids can mean sick families, which can lead to missed school days and time off of work. If trying to keep your school-aged children healthy all the time seems like a daunting task, don’t be afraid, there are simple things you can do to help prevent sickness before it gets to your household.

Boost Your Immune System

There are several easy ways that you can boost your immune system without a lot of forethought or planning, the first of which is just maintaining a relatively healthy lifestyle. If you have the basics like not smoking, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and eating a balanced diet covered, you’re already well on your way to having a healthy immune system. There are also certain types of foods that can help to give your immune system a boost, foods that are rich in vitamins and antioxidants. You can start with a traditional glass of orange juice for vitamin C, but including foods like berries, nuts, dark chocolate, and green tea can all help you eat your way to better health and immunity.

Teach Good Hygiene Habits

Helping school-aged kids form good personal hygiene habits can play a crucial role in fending off germs and sickness. Teaching your kids to wash their hands after meals, going to the restroom, playing on the playground or with other children can help eliminate unwanted germs and bacteria from their skin. Basic hygiene habits like regular showers, brushing teeth, and washing their hair are also essential in maintaining a healthy level of cleanliness and promoting disease prevention.

Take Preventative Measures

The majority of schools in the U.S. require all students to be fully vaccinated before they can attend, but there are other preventative steps that parents can take to keep their families protected from school-borne illnesses, like having regular check-ups and making sure every member of the family is getting their annual flu shot. Even if you feel like you or your family is perfectly healthy, it’s important to get your flu shot every year to improve your chances of avoiding the dreaded influenza virus.

We hope you have a happy and healthy new school year, but if you do need emergency medical care this school year, Laredo Emergency Room will be here for you and your family 24/7/365.

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26/May/2020

This is the year! You’re finally going to achieve full “summer body” status – you’re going to eat right, work out regularly, slim down, and keep the weight off. Does this goal ring a bell? With the month of June knocking on our door, many of us are thinking about summer activities and all of the fun things we want to do when the warmest months of the year are upon us, but the thought of getting in a bathing suit can be intimidating and can lead to crash diets that don’t produce lasting results. The good news is that this CAN be the year you work to get that summer body and keep it that way for fall and winter if you start with aiming for a healthy body, rather than just a skinny one.

Start Small
When trying to implement any major health adjustment or lifestyle change, it’s important to have reasonable expectations – any lasting change to your health doesn’t happen overnight! If you haven’t been working out, start by walking around your neighborhood or joining one of our local Laredo gyms. If you have a regular workout routine, think about changing things up to give your body a fresh jump start. This is also an excellent time to introduce a well-balanced diet so that you’re not counteracting the workouts with food that is not going to nourish your body.

Work Up
Now that you’ve had some time to warm up to working out more regularly, it’s time to up the intensity. Exercises that are high intensity and high-calorie burning can be great for toning and weight loss. Running, interval training, dance cardio, and swimming are all great ways to burn a high number of calories. If you are continuing to eat healthy, intensifying your workouts will help you lose weight and tone up naturally.

Maintain
Hopefully, you have now reached the point of healthy, fit, and ready – ready to put that bathing suit on and hit the pool! They key now is maintaining the new healthy lifestyle that you have worked hard to build. Keep up with your work out and meal plans, take steps to de-stress, and make sure you’re visiting your doctor for your yearly exams. This healthy state of mind can help foster overall wellness and also help prevent disease or illness. It’s also important to keep in mind that anything worth working towards takes time and that nothing worth having will come easily! Taking care of yourself this summer is important. Encourage yourself, stick to the plan, work hard, and don’t sweat it if you want to have a cheat day or take a break from the gym. A healthy body will come in time as long as you keep the goal in mind and are taking steps to get there.

Be sure and show us your results by tagging us on Facebook! Getting healthy, looking good, and staying healthy and happy feels good, doesn’t it

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26/May/2020

While the New Year starts to roll in and you begin to prepare for wholesome January or another popular cleanse diet, ask yourself this, is it worth putting your body through this stress?

We all recognize that these diets may get the job done now, but let’s try to think about what the best options are for long-term healthy lifestyle.

The debate between dieting and lifestyle changes has been going on for years. We know this can be confusing for the individuals trying to find the best option for them and their health, so we here at the Laredo Emergency Room want to give you the facts so you can make the best decision for you and your needs.

While getting ready to start your new health craze, ask yourself a few questions, does your diet make specific foods off limits? Has this diet promised unrealistic weight loss goals over a short time period? Finally, has it promised to help you lose weight without exercising?

If you answered yes to any of the following questions, chances are you’re looking at a fad diet. Fad or trendy diets are not always a bad thing, but depending on its implementation, they can lead to more severe health consequences later down the road.

When dieting, results tend to show faster, but nutritionists and doctors report that losing weight quickly over an extended period of time may appear to be a healthy jumpstart, but in actuality, is quite the opposite.

These extreme, fast-paced weight-loss regimens can make you think you are shedding those unwanted pounds, but instead of weight, you are dropping a high proportion of water mass, or even losing muscle tissue. By limiting your nutritional intake, this process can be very unhealthy.

Since the majority of diets are considered temporary, most likely you will eventually fluctuate back to your original weight. Professionals call this fluctuation of weight ‘yo-yo dieting’, and while the term might sound harmless enough, the repetition of this dieting method can take a severe toll on your body that can lead to health problems later down the road. In response to this, doctors are now emphasizing the importance of maintaining a healthy regime by adjusting their lifestyle, rather than dieting, in order to maintain peak mental and physical health.

Managing and maintaining a healthy lifestyle does not result from a short-term dietary change. Rather, it’s about making a long-term commitment to change that includes healthy eating, regular physical activity, and balancing the number of calories eaten alongside the calories the body uses.

Although the term ‘lifestyle change’ sounds intimidating, it’s all about making small modifications that lead to a significant result. Results may take longer to notice, but the body is then able to maintain a healthy, and sustainable weight loss rate, which is around 1 to 2 pounds per week.
The key to making a lifestyle change last is creating a realistic plan that you are confident you can maintain. The most critical element to being able to implement this change into your day-to-day regimen is progressing as the process becomes more normalized. Therefore make sure you start small and break down your overall goal into manageable steps. Making a lifestyle change is not an easy job, but it is the most beneficial for your health. If you can, involve a friend for support. It will make the process much less intimidating. There are also support groups in your community and online that have other people just like you who are making healthy lifestyle changes.

So remember when you think that making a lifestyle change sounds hard compared to dieting, don’t forget that there is a massive difference in weight loss and being healthy, and dieting gets in the way of long-lasting change.

Check out these 4 habits you can start right now for a better, healthier life.

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