emergency medicine Archive
Posted on February 17th, 2014 by Dennis Douda
Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, yet according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about half of all women are unaware of this fact. Founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic Sharonne Hayes, M.D., says, "While there’s been a steady decline in cardiovascular deaths in the general American population over the past 30 years, that has not been the case for women under the age of 55, which has seen a slight increase."
Journalists: Sound bites are available in the downloads. This is part 1 of Dr. Hayes' insights on women's heart health. Also see "Women Urged to Take Charge for Better Heart Health" posted February 24, 2014.
Dr. Hayes says part of the problem has been an outdated belief that women had a lower risk of heart disease than men. She says it's now known that women actually have some additional risk factors that can damage their cardiovascular health.
Posted on February 5th, 2014 by Sharon Theimer
Middle-aged women were most common cat bite victims
Rochester, Minn. — Feb. 5, 2014 — Dogs aren’t the only pets who sometimes bite the hands that feed them. Cats do too, and when they strike a hand, can inject bacteria deep into joints and tissue, perfect breeding grounds for infection. Cat bites to the hand are so dangerous, 1 in 3 patients with such wounds had to be hospitalized, a Mayo Clinic study covering three years showed. Two-third of those hospitalized needed surgery. Middle-aged women were the most common bite victims, according to the research, published in the Journal of Hand Surgery.
Journalists: sound bites with Dr. Carlsen are available in the downloads.
Posted on January 21st, 2014 by Dana Sparks
Snow, ice and the arctic air of winter are more than inconveniences — there are major health concerns to be aware of, some which can be prevented.
Slips and falls
Slips and falls account for nearly 9 million injuries in the United States each year, per the National Safety Council. Most slips and falls occur at building entrances, on lawns, in parking lots and garages, and inside of walkways.
Watch out for uneven ground, protruding structures, holes, and debris that can cause slips, trips and falls. Also, be aware of ice- and snow-packed surfaces — they increase the risk of falling.
Some tips for preventing slips and falls:
Posted on January 7th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
The frigid temperatures barreling across much of North America this week are creating many serious health conditions. Frostbite is often the first concern that comes to mind when faced with such freezing temperatures. Mayo Clinic emergency medicine specialist, David Nestler, M.D., explains how dangerous frostbite can be and reminds the public there are other health concerns to be aware of in the bitter cold.
Journalists: Sound bites with Dr. Nestler are available in the downloads.
Posted on January 6th, 2014 by Dana Sparks
Signs and symptoms of frostbite include:
Posted on January 3rd, 2014 by Dana Sparks
Shoveling snow can provide good exercise when done correctly but can prove harmful if people try to take on more than they can handle or use faulty techniques.
Here are some tips from physicians at Mayo Clinic Health System for injury-free snow shoveling:
• If you're inactive and have a history of heart trouble, talk to your doctor ... stop if you feel tightness in your chest. Heart attacks increase significantly in the winter months, particularly while people are shoveling snow.
• Drink plenty of water. Dehydration is just as possible when you exert yourself in cold winter months as it is in the summer.
• Dress warmly. Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as needed.
• Do not shovel while eating or smoking. Avoid caffeine or nicotine before you begin shoveling. This may place extra stress on the heart.
• Warm up your muscles in your arms and legs. Walk for a few minutes and stretch your arms and legs before shoveling. Warm muscles are less likely to be injured and work more efficiently.
• Take it slow! Pace yourself and take breaks. Keep a cell phone handy in case of emergency.
• Don’t pick up too much snow at once. Use a small shovel, or fill it only one-fourth to one-half if you use a large shovel. If necessary, just push the snow as you shovel. It is easier on your back. Keep the load of snow as close to you as possible.
• Protect your back. Bend from the knees, not your back. Lift with your legs bent, stand with your feet about hip width for balance and keep the shovel close to your body. Try not to twist. If you move the snow to one side move your feet to face the direction the snow will be going.
• Clear snow as soon as it stops falling. Freshly fallen snow is lighter.
• Most importantly – listen to your body! Stop if you feel tired.
Posted on December 26th, 2013 by Dana Sparks
Winter is well underway but it's never too late for reminders about how to properly handle snowblowers, especially in wet, heavy snow that can result in clogging a snowblower’s exit chute. According to the American Society of Surgery of the Hand, hundreds of people suffer serious accidents involving snowblowers each year, and the common weather conditions when injuries occur include a large accumulation of snow, typically greater than 6 inches, in temperatures ranging from 28 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer.
Mayo Clinic Health System hand surgeon Jose Ortiz, M.D., says, “A ‘quick fix’ for a clogged snowblower can result in a lifetime of pain and disfigurement. It’s just not worth it.” Dr. Ortiz recommends the following steps for safely clearing a clogged snowblower:
Posted on December 24th, 2013 by Dana Sparks
Snowblower accidents cause more than 6,500 injuries each winter. More than a thousand people lose hands and fingers. One Wisconsin man, a piano player, is hoping that hearing his story will remind others to slow down, be safe and not become a victim, too. Dennis Douda has his story. [TRT 2:00]
Journalists: Broadcast quality video and audio are available in the downloads. News Network pkgs. can be edited into vo/sots and incorporated in your reporting. (Originally aired February 13, 2013)
Click here for a transcript of the report.
Posted on November 27th, 2013 by Dana Sparks
Runny nose, sore throat, cough and a fever. Those symptoms are typical of cold and flu season. Most of the time kids who catch a virus get better with treating the symptoms and a little TLC. But how do caregivers know when it’s time to take them to the doctor or even the emergency department? Here’s advice from a pediatric emergency physician at Mayo Clinic. [TRT 2:02]
Journalists: Broadcast quality video and audio are available in the downloads.
Click here for a transcript of the video report.
Posted on November 8th, 2013 by Dennis Douda
On Saturday, Nov. 9, Elaine Wirrell, M.D., and Jerry Shih, M.D., will join us for a program all about epilepsy. Epilepsy is a neurological disorder. Seizure symptoms vary, but but even mild seizures may require treatment because they can be hazardous during activities like driving or swimming.
1 in 100 of us may experience a seizure during our lifetime, but it may or may not be epilepsy-related. Tune in Saturday to get the low down on this treatable condition.
Myth or Matter of Fact: People are born with epilepsy.
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