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    Signs Of A Concussion
    How To Tell If You Have A Concussion 1000 667 Sandeep Jain, MD

    How To Tell If You Have A Concussion

    A concussion is an injury to the brain. A concussion results from a sudden hit or a blow to the head. Concussions can also occur when the head suddenly jolts back and forth. Up to 3.8 million concussions occur each year in the United States. The most common causes of these injuries include car accidents, sports injuries, and falls.

    The signs of a concussion may not be visible at first. Signs may not appear until up to 48 hours later. It is possible to experience a concussion and not know it. Many people believe that a concussion involves unconsciousness, however, that is not always true. In fact, most concussions do not involve a loss of consciousness.

    Not recognizing the signs of a concussion can have serious consequences. The damage from a concussion is sometimes still present 30 years or later.

     

    How To Tell If You Have A Concussion

    Are you wondering how to tell if you have a concussion? Here are some signs that you should never ignore.

     

    Confusion

    Experiencing confusion or feeling as though one is in fog is a serious symptom of a concussion. If you or someone you love seems confused after a fall or hit to the head, then it is important to seek medical help right away.

     

    Trouble Walking

    Balance problems or difficulty walking is another sign of a concussion that you should not ignore. These problems occur in about 30 percent of people who suffer a concussion.

     

    Vomiting

    Many people experience nausea and vomiting following a concussion. However, this could be the sign of a more serious neurological injury. Therefore, you should always take vomiting serious after a head injury.

     

    Unusual Behavior

    It is important to be on the lookout for strange or bizarre behavior after a head injury. If a person becomes agitated or restless after being hit in the head or suffering an accident, then it is important to get concussion testing right away.

     

    Severe Headache

    Headaches are quite common with head injuries. They usually begin within seven days after an injury and can last months. Usually, these get better with rest. A severe headache should be checked out right away especially if the headache is worsening.

     

    Convulsions or Seizures

    Convulsions or seizures are a sign of a serious head injury. A seizure could indicate bleeding in the brain. Therefore, you should never ignore seizures. If you’ve had a seizure after suffering from a head injury, get concussion testing right away.

     

    What To Do For A Concussion

    It is important to get medical help for a head injury even if it does not seem serious. Ignoring the signs of a concussion can lead to memory and other problems down the road. Getting help quickly can also rule out more serious neurological problems.

    Most people fully recover from concussions. However, the quicker you get treatment, the better the chance of a full recovery. At Statcare, we provide BrainScope EEG concussion testing. BrainScope concussion tests measure brain function after a head injury. BrainScope has received more than $32 million dollars by the United States Department of Defense for research. The company has also received awards from the NFL and GE.

    Most insurance plans cover concussion screening tests at Statcare. If you are wondering how to tell if you have a concussion, visit one of our locations today or schedule your appointment online.

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    Can Strokes Be Prevented? 1000 667 Sandeep Jain, MD

    Can Strokes Be Prevented?

    May is National Stroke Awareness Month and we’d like to shine the spotlight on stroke prevention. A common question that patients ask us is “can a stroke be prevented?”

    Stroke, also known as a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), is currently the fifth leading cause of death in the United States. It is a medical emergency. What is surprising is that most strokes are preventable. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as many as 80 percent of all CVAs can be prevented with the right lifestyle changes.

    Risk Factors

    The first step in preventing cerebrovascular accidents is to know the risk factors. There are certain things that make a person more likely to have a stroke, such as:

    • Genetics. If your parent, brother, or sister had a CVA, you are more likely to have one too.
    • Age. The risk increases as you age.
    • Diet. Diets that are high in saturated fats and cholesterol increase the risk of stroke as they raise blood cholesterol levels. Cholesterol is a fatty substance in the blood that clogs arteries. The buildup of cholesterol in the arteries blocks blood flow to the brain resulting in a CVA. Consequently, eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol can reduce the risk.
    • Smoking. The nicotine and carbon monoxide present in cigarette smoke damage the cardiovascular system — hence, smokers have an increased risk of CVAs.
    • Using birth control pills. Taking certain kinds of birth control pills increases the risk of stroke. As a matter of fact, the risk is highest for women who take birth control pills and smoke.
    • Physical inactivity. A lack of physical exercise is linked with an increased risk of stroke.
    • Obesity. Obesity is related to other risk factors that likewise increase the risk of cerebrovascular accidents, such as elevated cholesterol and high blood pressure. Therefore, people who are obese are more likely to have a cerebrovascular accident.

    Signs Of A Stroke

    The next step in preventing strokes is to be aware of the signs. Some of these symptoms can occur with other illnesses, as well. If you are experiencing any of the below symptoms, it is important to call 911 or seek medical treatment right away. Acting quickly is the key to recovery from a CVA. Here are some signs to be on the lookout for:

    • Speech problems – Slurred or garbled speech.
    • Sudden confusion that comes on quickly – Trouble understanding what others are saying.
    • Trouble seeing or dimming – Vision problems that arise quickly in one or both eyes.
    • Difficulty walking – Difficulty walking, dizziness, or a loss of coordination.
    • Severe headache – A bad headache that occurs for no reason.
    • Numbness or weakness – Weakness or numbness on one side of the body only.

    Why Acting Quickly Is Important

    Getting treatment immediately for a stroke can help save lives. Treatments have improved greatly over the last several decades. Researchers now know that the brain can recover after a stroke. However, time is the key. Waiting too long to get help reduces the likelihood of recovery and diminishes the long-term prognosis greatly. Therefore, see a doctor even if you are in doubt about the symptoms.

    Schedule an appointment or visit an urgent care near me to talk to a doctor about your risk today. We can help you identify ways to lower the likelihood of a cerebrovascular accident. Always remember to go to the emergency room or call 911 if you believe that you are having a stroke.

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    Prediabetes Screening: How and Why? 1024 683 Statcare Urgent Medical Care

    Prediabetes Screening: How and Why?

    Prediabetes is a condition in which blood sugar levels are higher than normal, but not quite high enough to be diagnosed as type 2 diabetes. 1 in 3 U.S. adults have prediabetes. Most don’t know know it. Having prediabetes means that you are at an increased risk of developing serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.

    You could have prediabetes if you have:

    • high cholesterol
    • high blood pressure
    • a parent, brother or sister with diabetes

    Your risk goes up if you are overweight, and/or over age 45.

    The Science of Prediabetes

    Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas and released into the bloodstream. When the body breaks down carbohydrates from the food we eat into glucose, also known as blood sugar, insulin helps the body’s cells absorb the glucose and use it for energy.

    If the cells that respond to insulin lose sensitivity, a condition known as insulin resistance develops. When people have insulin resistance, although the body still produces insulin, it is not used effectively, causing glucose to build up in the blood instead of being absorbed by cells. This increase in blood glucose leads to prediabetes, and eventually type 2 diabetes, if left untreated.

    The American Diabetes Association recommends one of the 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes:

    1. Hemoglobin A1C (HbA1C) test
    2. Fasting plasma glucose (FPG) test
    3. Oral glucose tolerance (OGTT) test

    We offer all 3 screening tests to diagnose prediabetes at our clinics. No appointment is necessary and you’ll only wait minutes to be seen. You can call ahead at (917) 310-3371
     and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

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    Learn to identify the signs of a stroke. Act F.A.S.T! 1024 695 Statcare Urgent Medical Care

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

    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

    HTN, High BP, High blood pressure, SBP, DBP, systolic, diastolic
    What are the symptoms of high blood pressure? 640 473 Statcare Urgent Medical Care

    What are the symptoms of high blood pressure?

    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 (917) 310-3371  and let us know you’re on the way or you can check in online.

    Source: AHA

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