Heat Stroke: When Hot Becomes Too Hot

A heat stroke is a serious illness that occurs when exposure to high temperatures and dehydration cause the body’s temperature control system to fail. Heat stroke patients typically present with a body temperature of more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit and central nervous systems complications. In most cases, there is heat illness of some kind present before heat stroke happens, such as heat exhaustion.

What Are the Signs of Heat Stroke?

• Fainting
• Throbbing Headache
• Nausea and Vomiting
• Muscle Weakness
• Shallow or Rapid Breathing
• Confusion and Disorientation
• Seizures
• Red, Hot Skin
• Lack of Sweating

If you or someone else is experiencing these symptoms, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention as well as cool off as quickly as possible.

How to Prevent and Treat Heat Stroke

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Heat stroke should be avoided at all costs. Luckily, it is preventable if you know how to care for yourself when it is hot outside. The first step to going outdoors on a hot day is to put on sunscreen as well as a hat and loose, light-colored clothing. This will protect you from the sun’s rays. Be sure that you drink more fluid than you normally would, especially water. Try to shift physical activities to before ten a.m. or after four p.m. so that it will naturally be cooler. If you begin to feel too hot or ill, seek shade or even an air-conditioned area. Listening to your body can mean the difference between sleeping in your bed or in the hospital.

About Emergis ER

Emergis ER is a stand-alone ER department that offers quality care by ER-trained physicians in the North Texas area. We can help you when you are feeling your worst, even in the middle of the night. For more information about the ailments we treat, or for insurance information, please contact us today.

The Importance and Purpose of a Routine Medical Exam

Urgent Care Services: Routine Medical ExamEvery year, each of us is told by our health insurance or primary care provider that we should visit our family physician for a checkup. To many people, it is an inconvenience to take time out of their busy schedule to go to a doctor’s office and send a lot of time doing a physical exam and blood workup. If you feel healthy, what is the point of seeing a doctor? Well, the old saying may have been that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, but in reality, seeing a doctor each year can also keep the doctor away. It can prevent the need for major visits or hospital stays. It is not an appointment you want to miss.

What Happens During a Routine Medical Exam

The exact steps taken by your family doctor during a general wellness exam will vary slightly depending upon your age and the medical conditions you have previously been diagnosed with. Most exams consist of routine medical testing such as lab work and physical examination to search for hypertension, high cholesterol, and high blood sugar. Other important parts of a routine checkup include:

Discuss any abnormalities and concerns you have had over the past year
Update immunizations
Check for common diseases to catch them early and provide treatment
• Help you maintain a healthy diet and exercise routine
Provide referrals to specialists
Prepare you for fluctuations in your body throughout stages of your life

Catching Disease Early

Regular health exams are crucial to catching problems early, or sometimes stopping them before they begin. Early detection is the key to the best possible treatment, and not just in serious conditions like cancer and auto immune disorders, but also in simple and common instances of diabetes, osteoporosis, and vitamin deficiencies. Many take their health for granted and sometimes forget that these little problems can turn into big issues down the road. instead of being taken by surprise when a health crisis hits you, seeing a doctor regularly can prepare you and prevent many health headaches.

To see a physician about worrisome symptoms or receive a routine medical exam contact Emergis ER and Urgent Care now.

The Big ER Problem for Mental Health Patients

Busy triage nurses have a tough job: they have to quantify your suffering, measure it against the suffering of other people who happened to come to the emergency room when you did, and determine if someone else needs care before you do. That’s the reality of every hospital ER, every day.

In those conditions, no one suffers more than patients with mental health emergencies. Their conditions are not always accompanied with visible symptoms, but their effects on a patient can be debilitating, painful, and even life-threatening. Continue reading “The Big ER Problem for Mental Health Patients”

High ER Bill? Try “High Insurance Bill.” Why Your Insurance Company Isn’t Paying for Your Healthcare.


Emergency room co-pays are often higher than standard co-pays, depending on your plan. But they are built to be manageable so that you can go to a 24-hour emergency clinic when you need it. But everyone equates emergency rooms with costs that hurt as much as or more than the injury or illness that brought you there in the first place.

Why the balance bills?

The Texas Association of Freestanding Emergency Centers (TAFEC) is calling foul, saying that the blame isn’t on the ER’s shoulders—it’s the insurance company refusing to pay the bills covered in your plan. Continue reading “High ER Bill? Try “High Insurance Bill.” Why Your Insurance Company Isn’t Paying for Your Healthcare.”

Vacation Plans? Take an ER Plan with You

Pop quiz: What’s the #1 reason for visiting an emergency room near you while on vacation?

You may have thought injury—from snowboarding to scuba diving and everything in between, there are a lot of ways to get injured while on vacation. But you’d be wrong.

You may have thought illness—allergic reactions to new foods or being introduced to new germs happens all the time. But that’s still not it. Continue reading “Vacation Plans? Take an ER Plan with You”

Hospital ER vs. Freestanding ER Near Me: How Does the Care Compare?

There is a common myth deeply ingrained in the debate on hospital ERs vs. freestanding emergency departments, or “corner ERs.” The myth says that because a hospital ER has the rest of the hospital attached to it, you are more likely to get the care you need.

That’s not only inaccurate, but in most cases it is entirely false. Let’s break down a few inaccuracies related specifically to the type of care you receive in one facility versus another: Continue reading “Hospital ER vs. Freestanding ER Near Me: How Does the Care Compare?”

A Doctor’s Frank Discussion on ER Charges

Emergency department (ED) bills are controversial, in part, because it feels like a monopoly. People need care, they report to the one place available to get it, and families rack up bills that they can’t pay.

Things aren’t as the public assumes. EDs aren’t charging so much just because “they can.” Here is why, in my professional opinion, emergency departments have to charge as much as they do for the services they provide: Continue reading “A Doctor’s Frank Discussion on ER Charges”

Is the ER Enough? Surgeries, Specialized Equipment, and You

Emergencies are scary. Your body floods with hormones that spike your energy, fear, and anxiety. At that moment, you need to know that you can turn to someone you can trust.

This article will help you understand what an emergency room can handle—and what it can’t. Continue reading “Is the ER Enough? Surgeries, Specialized Equipment, and You”

Emergency Room Stroke Care: What to Expect

One of the biggest misconceptions about freestanding ERs is that they are the B team. The junior varsity group. The substandard substitute for a “real” ER tied to a hospital.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Freestanding ERs are staffed by emergency-trained and board-certified physicians, with all the equipment and medicine that you will find in a hospital ER. Continue reading “Emergency Room Stroke Care: What to Expect”

5 Reasons to Eat More Iron

In a world of caffeinated breakfasts and deep-fried dinners, Americans are lacking critical nutrients. But with just a few changes in the types of food you eat, you can skip the coffee in the morning and feel fuller in the evening, leading to weight loss and more money. (Wouldn’t you like to save $5 every day on coffee? That’s $1,825 a year!)

Let’s take a quick moment to examine the benefits of getting more iron, look at what foods deliver the iron you need, and give you a reason to pick up a salad on your next lunch break: Continue reading “5 Reasons to Eat More Iron”