As boutique gyms gain in popularity, exercise-induced rhabdomyolysis—a rare condition in which muscle tissue breaks down rapidly—is becoming more common. This dangerous side effect can occur if you push your body too far beyond its limits. Learn about this condition and how you can create a safe exercise plan to avoid it.Read More
According to the CDC, nearly 24 people per minute are victims of a form of domestic violence. Strong advocates against domestic violence, CHI St. Luke’s Health offers programs to help our community recognize and prevent violence and has eliminated negative influences from our environment. Take a moment to learn the facts and what you can do to help.Read More
Concussions are considered traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) and can impact the way your brain works. The effects of a TBI can last anywhere from a few days to the rest of your life. A mild TBI may cause a brief loss of consciousness, whereas a severe TBI may cause an extended period of unconsciousness and affect your thinking, senses, language, and emotions.Read More
If an emergency happens, where will you go? You may have multiple options in your area, but not all emergency rooms are the same. Making the decision between a freestanding or a hospital ER will affect your out-of-pocket costs, wait times, and access to trauma care. Be proactive and learn about the different types of ERs now so you can make an informed decision during an emergency.Read More
Falls are the leading cause of emergency room visits for older adults. Have you completed a walkthrough in your home to make sure your space is hazard-free? Check off these prevention tasks to increase the safety of your home. Baylor St. Luke’s Emergency Centers are hospital-based to ensure seamless admission should a long-term level of care be needed.Read More
As fall sports start up, now is a great time to instill good hydration habits in your kids. Without frequent reminders, children may not drink enough liquid to stay hydrated while participating in extracurricular activities. Prolonged amounts of heat, strenuous exercise, and inadequate fluid intake can lead to dehydration. The symptoms of dehydration include thirst, excessive fatigue, dry skin, cramps, infrequent urination, dizziness, and confusion. If left untreated, it can lead to serious heat-related illnesses.
Forgetting a child in the backseat of a car can be a grave mistake, even on days with cooler temperatures. According to the CDC, cars can heat up 20 degrees in roughly 10 minutes and lead to serious heat-related illness or death. Though a preventable tragedy, many of the childhood deaths from heatstroke in hot cars are accidental. Protect the children in your life and help reduce hot car deaths with the following tips.
School is just around the corner! Are you prepared for your child to go back to school? Check all of these items off your list before the first bell rings. Baylor St. Luke’s Emergency Centers are located throughout the Greater Houston area for convenient access to care.Read More
While spending time outside is a great way to get fresh air and exercise, spending too much time in sweltering heat without relief can be dangerous. Prolonged exposure to heat can lead to heat-related illnesses like mild heat cramps, heat exhaustion, or severe heat stroke. Each level of illness causes different symptoms. Knowing the warning signs will help you identify the degree of seriousness and how you should respond.