What to expect when you go to the ED with chest pain

Retail health centers, urgent care facilities and freestanding emergency rooms sprouting around the United States may be equipped to treat minor illness and injury. But patients experiencing chest pain or shortness of breath, which might signal a heart attack, should go straight to an emergency room in a hospital. Here are some reasons why. When … Continue reading What to expect when you go to the ED with chest pain

4 Medication Safety Tips to Avoid Deadly Mistakes

Do you take medications on a regular basis? Chances are you do. More than 80 percent of American adults rely on one or more medications to stay well, but if these medications aren’t taken properly, serious problems can occur. In fact, each year adverse drug reactions account for 120,000 hospitalizations and 70,000 emergency department visits. … Continue reading 4 Medication Safety Tips to Avoid Deadly Mistakes

Initial Cause of Kidd Kraddick’s Death Inaccurate, But Warrants Discussion

This weekend, social media and news networks reported that legendary radio personality, Kidd Kraddick, died from a brain aneurysm. We now know now that this initial report turned out to be inaccurate. Earlier this week, the Jefferson Parish coroner’s office reported that Mr. Kraddick may have died from cardiac disease. Jeffrey Schussler, M.D., a cardiologist … Continue reading Initial Cause of Kidd Kraddick’s Death Inaccurate, But Warrants Discussion

6 Ways to Be Ready for an Emergency Department Visit

The patients I see in the emergency department (ED) ranges from newborn to over 100-years-old. The spectrum of symptoms includes those related to pain, infection, difficulty breathing, trauma, pregnancy, and psychiatric disorders just to name a few. The preparedness of patients who suddenly realize they have ended up in the hospital varies quite a bit … Continue reading 6 Ways to Be Ready for an Emergency Department Visit