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Learn to identify the signs of a stroke. Act F.A.S.T!

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care
A stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off or when a blood vessel bursts. Stroke kills more than 130,000 Americans each year—that’s 1 out of every 20 deaths. Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke can cause lasting brain damage, long-term disability, or even death.

If you think that you or someone else is having a stroke, call 911 immediately.
All the major symptoms of stroke appear suddenly, and often there is more than one symptom at the same time. With timely treatment, the risk of death and disability from stroke can be lowered. By knowing the signs and symptoms of stroke, you can be prepared to take quick action and perhaps save a life—maybe even your own.

Take a few minutes to learn the five major signs and symptoms of a stroke:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arms, or legs
  • Sudden confusion or trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, or loss of balance or coordination
  • Sudden severe headache with no known cause

If you think someone may be having a stroke, act F.A.S.T and do the following simple test:

F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?

A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

S—Speech: Ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

T—Time: If you observe any of these signs, call 9-1-1 immediately.

Note the time when any symptoms first appear. Some treatments for stroke only work if given in the first 3 hours after symptoms appear. Do not drive to the hospital or let someone else drive you. Call an ambulance so that medical personnel can begin life-saving treatment on the way to the emergency room.

Source: CDC

Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease This Summer

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

As the weather warms up, you and your family will probably be spending more time enjoying the great outdoors. After all, the summer brings more opportunities for you to camp, hike, swim and bike. Before going outside, though, be sure to protect yourself from Lyme disease this summer.

In 2015, 95% of confirmed Lyme disease cases were reported from 14 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.

What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi and is transmitted to humans through the bite of infected blacklegged ticks. Typical symptoms include fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, the infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system. Lyme disease is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., rash), and the possibility of exposure to infected ticks; laboratory testing is helpful if used correctly and performed with validated methods. Most cases of Lyme disease can be treated successfully with a few weeks of antibiotics.

What can you do to protect yourself?

You can decrease the chances of being bitten by a tick with a few precautions.

  1. Avoid tick infested areas. This is especially important in May, June and July. Many local health departments and park or extension services will have information regarding these areas.
  2. If you are in a tick-infested area, walk in the center of trails to avoid contact with overgrown grass.
  3. Use insect repellent. Spray repellent containing a 20%-30% concentration of DEET on clothes and on exposed skin.
  4. You can also treat clothes (especially pants, socks and shoes) with permethrin, which kills ticks on contact. Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  5. Permethrin can also be used on tents and some camping gear. 
  6. Always check for ticks after being outdoors, even in your own yard.
  7. Remove attached ticks with tweezers. Avoid crushing the tick's body. Grasp the tick firmly and as close to the skin as possible. Cleanse the area with an antiseptic.
  8. Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within 2 hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
  9. After being outdoors, dry clothing in a hot dryer for 10 minutes to kill any ticks that are attached to clothing.

Source: CDC

If you think that you may be ill from a tick bite, you should see a healthcare provider to diagnose your illness. Statcare Urgent Medical Care is a great option for tick prevention advice, Lyme Disease testing and treatment. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

What is blood pressure?

Blood pressure is the amount of force that our blood puts on our artery walls as it moves through our body. Arteries are blood vessels that carry blood from our heart to the rest of our body. When our heart beats, it pushes our blood through our arteries. As the blood moves, it puts pressure on our artery walls. This is called our blood pressure.

What is high blood pressure?

High blood pressure (also called hypertension) occurs when our blood moves through our arteries at a higher pressure than normal. There are many causes of high blood pressure. High blood pressure can damage many parts of the body. If one has high blood pressure, it increases risk of stroke, heart disease, heart attack and kidney failure. Controlling one's blood pressure can reduce these risks.

What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

If you are looking for a list of symptoms and signs of high blood pressure, you won't find them here. This is because most of the time, there are none. High blood pressure is a largely symptom-less "silent killer." If you ignore your blood pressure because you think a certain symptom or sign will alert you to the problem, you are taking a dangerous chance with your life.

  • In most cases, high blood pressure does not cause headaches or nosebleeds.
  • Blood spots in the eyes (subconjunctival hemorrhage) are more common in people with diabetes or high blood pressure, but neither condition causes the blood spots. Floaters in the eyes are also not related to high blood pressure.
  • Facial flushing occurs when blood vessels in the face dilate. It can occur unpredictably or in response to certain triggers such as sun exposure, cold weather, spicy foods, wind, hot drinks and skin-care products. Facial flushing can also occur with emotional stress, exposure to heat or hot water, alcohol consumption and exercise — all of which can raise blood pressure temporarily. While facial flushing may occur while your blood pressure is higher than usual, high blood pressure is not the cause of facial flushing.
  • While dizziness can be a side effect of some blood pressure medications, it is not caused by high blood pressure. However, dizziness should not be ignored, especially if the onset is sudden. Sudden dizziness, loss of balance or coordination and trouble walking are all warning signs of a stroke. High blood pressure is the leading risk factor for stroke.

About 85 million Americans - one out of every three adults over age 20 - have high blood pressure. (Nearly 20% don't even know they have it.) The best way to know if you have high blood pressure is to have your blood pressure checked.

Walk-in to any of our clinics, get your blood pressure checked and talk to our providers. No appointment is necessary at our clinics and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (855) 9 FOR DOC and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

Source: AHA

You can prevent carbon monoxide exposure

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 12, 2017. As you prepare to set your clocks ahead one hour, remember to check the batteries in your carbon monoxide (CO) detector. If you don't have a battery-powered or battery back-up CO alarm, now is a great time to buy one. About 400 people die each year in the United States from unintentional, non-fire related CO poisoning.

Carbon monoxide is formed when organic compounds burn. The most common sources are motor vehicle exhaust, smoke from fires, engine fumes, and nonelectric heaters. CO from these sources can build up in enclosed or partially enclosed spaces. People and animals in these spaces can be poisoned and can die from breathing CO.

Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, chest pain and confusion.

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.

How can I prevent CO poisoning in my home?

1. Install a battery-operated or battery back-up CO detector in your home and check or replace the battery when you change the time on your clocks each spring and fall. 

2. Don't run a car or truck inside a garage attached to your house, even if you leave the door open.

3. Never burn anything in a stove or fireplace that isn't vented.

4. Never heat your house with a gas oven.

5. Never use a generator, charcoal grill, camp stove, or other gasoline or charcoal-burning device inside your home, basement or garage or outside less than 20 feet from a window, door or vent.

6. Have your heating system, water heater, and any other gas, oil, or coal burning appliances serviced by a qualified technician every year. 

Source: CDC

CO poisoning is entirely preventable. You can protect yourself and your family by acting wisely in case of a power outage and learning the symptoms of CO poisoning.

Don't let the flu sneak up on you

by Statcare Urgent Medical Care

Influenza (flu) activity is rising in the U.S. at this time. Outpatient visits for influenza-like illness are above the national baseline. Activity is expected to continue during the coming weeks, as per the CDC.The CDC recommends a yearly influenza vaccine for everyone 6 months and older. It is not too late to get vaccinated.

Most common symptoms of the flu are fever (temperature higher than 100 F), cough, sore throat, runny nose, muscle aches, headache and fatigue. Most people who get the flu will recover in several days to less than two weeks, but some will develop complications as a result of the flu. A wide range of complications can be caused by the influenza viruses. Sinus and ear infections are examples of moderate complications from the flu, while pneumonia is a serious flu complication that can result from either influenza virus infection alone or from co-infection of flu virus and bacteria. Other known complications are: myocarditis (inflammation or swelling of the heart), encephalitis (swelling of the brain), myositis (swelling and degeneration of muscle tissue).

Flu can also make chronic medical problems worse. For example, people with asthma may experience asthma attacks while they have the flu, and people with chronic heart disease may experience a worsening of this condition triggered by the flu.

During the week ending February 4, 2017, influenza activity level was categorized as geographically widespread in NY State. There were 5,337 laboratory-confirmed influenza reports, a 2% increase over last week. Of the 1,978 specimens submitted to NYS WHO/NREVSS laboratories, 527 (26.64%) were positive for influenza (NYS DOH).

We offer the influenza vaccine at our clinics. We also offer the in-house flu wash test for patients who are symptomatic. CDC recommends prompt treatment with influenza antiviral drugs for people who test positive for the flu. When used for treatment, antiviral drugs can lessen symptoms and shorten the time you are sick by 1 or 2 days. They also can prevent serious flu complications.





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