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An ovarian cyst is a fluid-filled sac that forms within or on an ovary. Most women develop an ovarian cyst at some time during their lives, however, these cysts typically disappear without treatment in two to three months and usually do not cause any discomfort. But, they can sometimes be the source of menstrual irregularities, pelvic pain, abdominal heaviness, pain during bowel movements, nausea, vomiting, and — in extreme cases — sudden, severe abdominal or pelvic pain, or pain accompanied by fever or vomiting that requires immediate medical attention. 

Functional cysts account for the majority of ovarian cysts that develop during the normal course of a woman’s menstrual cycle. There are two types of functional cysts: a follicular cyst starts when an egg is not released from the follicle and instead grows into a cyst; a corpus luteum cyst develops after the follicle releases an egg, but fluid then accumulates inside the follicle causing it to become a cyst. Other cysts not related to the menstrual cycle include dermoid cysts, cystadenomas and endometriomas. 

Ovarian cysts may be found during a pelvic exam and then identified by performing a pregnancy test, pelvic ultrasound, laparoscopy, or cancer antigen blood test. Treatment will depend on the woman’s age, symptoms, and size and composition of the cyst. Options may include watching the cyst to see if it goes away on its own, birth control pills to reduce the chance of developing new cysts in future menstrual cycles, or surgery to remove a cyst if it is large, growing, doesn’t appear to be a functional cyst, or remains through several menstrual cycles. 

For more information about ovarian cysts, talk with your doctor or call the free physician referral line at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake at 800-887-2525 to find an obstetrician/gynecologist near you.

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Symptoms of pre-diabetes may develop so gradually, if at all, that most people are not aware they have the condition. Symptoms of diabetes include unusual thirst, increased need to urinate, blurred vision and unexplained fatigue. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 79 million American adults have pre-diabetes. The lifetime risk of developing diabetes for people born in the year 2000 is one in three for men and two in five for women. 

People with pre-diabetes are five to 15 times more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than are those with normal glucose levels. Fortunately, the progression to diabetes can be delayed or reversed through weight loss, exercise and medication. Studies have shown that a modest weight loss of at least 5 percent of total body weight coupled with 30-minute daily moderate exercise can delay or prevent the onset of diabetes, and in some cases even return blood glucose levels to normal. 

A medication called metformin (Glucophage) also may be effective in delaying the onset of diabetes, but not to the extent of diet and exercise. Lifestyle intervention strategies such as moderate weight loss and regular exercise have reduced the risk of developing diabetes by 58 percent, while medical intervention slowed down the progression of diabetes by about 30 percent. 

Pre-diabetes is a serious medical condition that requires treatment because studies have shown it may cause some long-term damage to the heart and circulatory system. To learn more about pre-diabetes, take the free, online type 2 diabetes risk assessment available on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/DiabetesRisk

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
214 324-6100

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Do you ever wish that every day could be Thanksgiving? Think of all the delicious turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, tasty green bean casserole and mouth-watering pecan pie. While your mouth may be saying “Yes!” your waistline is calling out “Whoa!” — and for good reason. Thanksgiving can be a real challenge if you are watching your weight. But, you don’t have to sabotage your diet. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the buffet table without depriving yourself.

  • Eat before you eat. — This may sound counterproductive, but if you eat a wholesome breakfast and lunch, you can avoid overeating Thanksgiving dinner later. 
  • Go light on the calories. — Recipes can be healthier by making a few substitutions, such as fat-free chicken broth to make gravy or plain yogurt in casseroles. 
  • One size doesn't fit all. — Avoid the all-you-can-eat mentality and limit yourself to smaller portions if you cannot control the ingredients used in a dish. 
  • Don’t cover your whole plate. — There’s no need to pile your plate high with every food that is offered. Look over the buffet table first and then make your selections. 
  • Eat s-l-o-w-l-y. — By savoring and chewing every bite thoroughly and putting your eating utensil down between bites you can enjoy your meal and be satisfied with one plate of food.
  • Go for some fresh air. — Spread out the food and fun by going for a walk after your main meal and then having dessert later.

Remember to try not to be overly hard on yourself if you overeat. Thanksgiving is, after all, just one day and you can be careful about what you eat over the next few days, exercising enough to balance your overindulgence. For some tips on how to produce a festive meal you will be happy to serve on Thanksgiving Day, visit doctorshospitaldallas.com/thanksgiving.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
214 324-6100

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Blood is the mixture of cells and liquid pumped by the heart through the arteries and veins reaching all of the cells in the body. It is made up of many components, such as red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, plasma, clotting factors, and small proteins. Each of these components has a different job. 

A blood transfusion may be necessary when the body cannot produce blood quickly enough due to decreased blood cell production because of serious illness, medications or chemotherapy, blood cell destruction caused by immune system reactions, diseases such as sickle cell anemia, complications due to previous blood transfusions, or significant blood loss caused by trauma or high blood loss surgery.

Sometimes patients prefer a treatment method that allows them to avoid the use of donor blood during medical or surgical procedures. The Blood Management Program at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake gives patients this transfusion-free option by using advanced conservation devices, pharmaceuticals and meticulous surgical techniques to minimize blood loss during medical or surgical intervention. The program is dedicated to improving patient care with the appropriate use of blood alternatives and strategies to reduce or avoid transfusions. 

Blood management has many benefits. In addition to conserving a precious community resource, it may improve patient safety by minimizing exposure to blood, reduce exposure to viruses and other blood borne diseases, and could reduce length of stay in the hospital. 

To find out if blood management may be right for you, attend a free seminar to learn about available blood alternatives, blood management procedures, and the risks and benefits of bloodless medicine. Call 866-825-0701 for more information or visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/BloodManagement.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218
214-324-6100

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Approximately 25 million American adults experience loss of bladder control, but they often don’t have to. According to the National Association For Continence, 80 percent of those affected by urinary incontinence can be treated. Women are twice as likely as men to experience incontinence; approximately 30 percent of people over the age of 60 have this potentially embarrassing problem.

Incontinence is a symptom, not a disease. On a temporary basis, it can be caused by vaginal infections, constipation or certain medications. Persistent urinary incontinence may be caused by weakness of the bladder or the muscles supporting it, overactive bladder muscles or urinary tract blockage.

Once the cause of urinary incontinence has been identified, treatment options usually fall into three main categories.

Behavioral techniques require making certain lifestyle changes, such as setting up a schedule to go to the bathroom every two to four hours or retraining the bladder to gradually extend the time between bathroom trips. Pelvic floor muscle exercises, also called Kegel exercises, are recommended to strengthen the muscles below the bladder that control urination.

Medications can be prescribed to treat an overactive bladder, or urge incontinence. These drugs block nerve impulses to the bladder, decreasing the urgency and frequency of urination. Men with an enlarged prostate resulting in urinary incontinence may benefit from other drugs called alpha-blockers that relax the prostate and bladder neck, improving urine flow.

Medical devices or surgery also are available to treat incontinence. Women can use a urethral insert (a small tampon-like disposable device) or pessary (a vaginal insert) to help manage stress incontinence. More than 200 variations of surgical procedures can be performed to treat causes of urinary incontinence.

To learn more about this condition, take the free, online urinary incontinence quiz on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/IncontinenceQuiz.

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Having your annual screening mammogram doesn’t have to rank up there with going to the dentist to get a tooth pulled, or seeing your eye doctor to have your eyes dilated. Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is a Certified Softer Mammogram Provider that uses the MammoPad®, a soft foam cushion that decreases overall discomfort and is designed to provide a softer, more comfortable mammogram. Clinical studies have shown that the MammoPad reduced breast pain by nearly 50 percent compared to what it would have been without a pad or pain medication1.

The MammoPad is a radiolucent breast cushion that is placed on the surface of the image detector. This soft, foam pad does not compromise the high level of image quality necessary for a routine mammogram or require higher radiation doses during the mammogram. The cushion’s grip-like surface can help hold breast tissue in place to ensure optimal breast positioning resulting in a better image.

Mammograms are an important tool in the fight against breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer2. Approximately one woman in eight has a chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time during her life2.

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, women over the age of 40 can schedule their own screening mammogram without a referral from their primary care physician. This type of mammogram does not take much time and only needs to be done once a year for women over 40, as recommended by the ACS, and every two years for women aged 50 to 74, as suggested by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Call 214-324-6220 to schedule your mammogram today. Convenient evening and weekend hours are available for appointments.

MammoPad is a registered trademark of Hologic, Inc.

The USPSTF recommends biennial screening mammography for women aged 50 to 74 years

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15239794 
  2. http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/DetailedGuide/breast-cancer-key-statistics

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214 324-6100

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Ouch!! Whether you have sore muscles or a twisted ankle, your body is telling you that something needs a little TLC. But what should you use, an ice pack or warm compress? It can be confusing sometimes whether to use heat or cold. Here are some facts that can help you decide.

When muscles work, chemical byproducts are produced that need to be eliminated. When exercise is very intense, there may not be enough blood flow to eliminate all the chemicals. It is the accumulation of chemicals that cause muscle ache. Because the blood supply helps eliminate these chemicals, use heat to relieve sore muscles after exercise.

A heating pad or warm towel may be useful when muscles are tight because it can help resolve inflammation, lessen joint stiffness, and reduce muscle spasm. It is important to remember to protect any type of heating pad device from coming in direct contact with the skin to avoid burns.

When an injury or inflammation such as tendonitis or bursitis occurs, tissues are damaged. Cold application numbs the affected area, which can ease pain and tenderness. Cold also can reduce bleeding, swelling and inflammation.

A cold compress can be made by dampening a towel with cold water, folding and placing it in a sealable bag, and putting it in the freezer for 15 minutes. An ice pack can be made by putting ice in a sealable bag, filling the bag partially with water, and then sealing the bag and squeezing the air out of it. The bag should be wrapped in a damp towel before being applied to the affected area.

For more information about how to treat common ligament and muscle injuries, take the free, online sprains and strains quiz on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SprainsandStrainsQuiz.

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One sheep, two sheep, three sheep . . . 50 sheep. If you’re tired of being tired – and counting sheep to get to sleep – now may be the time to take a look at your sleep habits. Poor sleep habits can leave you feeling drowsy during the day and wide awake at night.                                            

A few bedtime no-nos include watching television in bed, drinking alcohol or caffeine before going to bed, eating a big meal late at night, not exercising or exercising right before going to bed, going to sleep or waking up at varying times, spending too much time in bed tossing and turning, and napping late in the day.

Not getting enough sleep can harm your health, contribute to poor school or work performance, and increase the risk of injury. So to avoid these negative outcomes, you will need to substitute better behaviors. That is easier said than done, but if you really want to sleep better, you can. So start by changing one bad sleep habit at a time.

For example, if you like to eat a big meal late at night here are some options: allow at least three hours between eating dinner and going to bed; or try a light snack before bed so you won’t wake up with hunger pangs. Like to watch television in bed to relax? Try reading a book instead. And if you like to have a glass of wine in the evening, opt for a cup of tea in its place.

To learn more about the importance of sleep, take the free, online quiz, What Do You Know About Sleep?, on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SleepIQ.

 

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Heart disease is not just a man’s problem. Women can – and do – get heart disease. Television personality Barbara Walters had heart valve replacement surgery, Grammy-winning singer Toni Braxton has high blood pressure, and actress Jenni Garth has a leaky heart valve. They are the lucky ones because they know about and are managing their heart problems. Other women could have heart disease and not even know it because some conditions, such as high blood pressure, do not cause any symptoms.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is offering a free, baseline heart screening to help women in the east Dallas area reduce their risk of heart disease by having the information they need, knowing which questions to ask their health care providers, and getting help to make heart-smart changes in their lives.

Women who may benefit from the screening are those who:

  • Do not know about their risk factors for heart disease.
  • Have borderline, high or unknown blood pressure.
  • Are pre-, peri- or post-menopausal.
  • Have borderline, high or unknown cholesterol.
  • Have a family history of heart disease.
  • Smoke or are overweight.

 The screening includes a blood glucose test, blood cholesterol check, blood pressure monitoring, weight evaluation, and personal health assessment.

Date:               Saturday, September 29

Time:              8:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Location:        9440 Poppy Drive (near Garland Road and North Buckner Boulevard)

Reservations are required for the screening. Call 866-764-3627 today to make your appointment.

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Going to the doctor for preventive care can help add years to your life. That is because many diseases may be prevented and treated when detected in the early stages. For example, the five-year relative survival rate for breast and prostate cancers is 100 percent when detected in the early stages.

A preventive checkup usually begins with the physician taking a medical history during which the patient can discuss new health concerns and give an update on any existing conditions. It is helpful to write down any questions that need to be addressed so nothing is forgotten. Lifestyle and habits also should be discussed, as well as all medications currently being taken, allergies, previous surgeries and vaccinations. The physical examination part of a checkup includes recording weight, cholesterol level, temperature, blood pressure and pulse. 

Depending on your age and sex, certain routine tests or procedures may be recommended, such as cholesterol, blood pressure or bone density tests, breast or prostate cancer screenings, and colorectal or pelvic exams. Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is offering a free Women's Health Tests & Screenings slideguide that lists recommended health exams and preventive care tips for women. Call 866-764-3627 for your handy pocket guide today.

Patients should choose a doctor who addresses their health care needs and provides quality care. Other factors to consider include the physician’s office location and hours of service, insurance accepted, training and accreditation, languages spoken, privileges at hospital of choice, and overall approach to patient care. For more information about selecting a physician or for a free referral to an experienced physician on the medical staff at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, call 800-877-2525 or visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/Physician.

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