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Actress Halle Berry, singer Patti LaBelle, tennis legend Billie Jean King, and author Anne Rice are just several of the more than 12 million American women living with diabetes. This disease, which changes the way the body uses sugar, can increase a woman’s chances of having a heart attack or stroke and raise her chances of having a miscarriage or a baby with birth defects. But by understanding how diabetes affects her health throughout her life, a woman with diabetes may avoid serious complications and be healthy and active.

Women at increased risk for developing diabetes are those who are overweight, do not exercise, have high blood pressure, have a family history of the disease, had a baby that weighed nine pounds or more at birth, or are African American, Native American, Hispanic, or Asian/Pacific Islander. Diabetes can affect many areas of a woman’s life, including:

Birth Control

Women with diabetes should talk with their doctor about which birth control method would work best for them. They can take birth control pills, which contain very low levels of estrogen, but they may need to adjust their insulin. Hormone implants and injections provide birth control over a longer period of time, but may affect diabetes control. An intrauterine device is usually not recommended because it could increase the risk of infection. Foam, condoms or a diaphragm work well when used consistently.

Menstruation

The high levels of estrogen and progesterone that tend to build up about a week before menstruation could interfere with insulin sensitivity in some women. If blood sugar levels are high a week before each period, counter-measures such as more exercise and fewer carbohydrates may be necessary. However, if blood sugar tends to drop during this time, less exercise and more carbohydrates could be needed.

Pregnancy

Women with diabetes will need to work hard to control blood glucose levels while they are pregnant to avoid possible complications, such as premature delivery, miscarriage, birth defects, macrosomia (a large baby) and respiratory distress syndrome. Women with type 1 diabetes who inject insulin can still do so because it does not cross the placenta and is safe for the baby. Women with type 2 diabetes may not be able to take diabetes pills to control blood glucose because oral medications can cross the placenta to the unborn baby. They may need to switch to insulin. Women who develop gestational diabetes typically can manage their condition through proper meal planning and exercise.

Menopause

Having diabetes during menopause can cause changes in blood sugar levels, weight gain, infections, sleep problems and sexual problems. Women need to eat healthy foods and exercise regularly, measure blood sugar frequently, adjust diabetes medications as advised by a physician, seek help for menopausal symptoms, and ask a doctor about taking cholesterol-lowering drugs to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease. 

By understanding how to control diabetes, women can feel better and live longer – during every period of their lives. Learn about your personal risk factors for diabetes, visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/DiabetesRisk for our online risk assessment.

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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As people across the country prepare for haunted houses, trick or treating and fun with friends, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake offers the following tips to keep all of your little witches and wizards safe during their festivities:

Choose a safe costume

The number one consideration in a choosing a costume is to make sure he can see. If it obstructs your child’s vision, keep looking. Face paint and head ornamentation is a great substitute for a full mask and is much more comfortable and safe. Length is also an important factor. Make sure it won’t interfere with walking or cause tripping on stairs. Finally, being fire resistant is an added bonus when your child may be trailing around lighted pumpkins on steps.

Visibility

Don’t forget to pick up glow sticks that fasten around wrists, ankles, necks and even belt loops. They don’t detract from the costume and it is important to make your little one more visible. Even if you’re in the city, a flashlight is crucial to prevent trips on sidewalks and curbs as well as to alert passing vehicles.

Supervise

Tonight is not the best night to turn your kids loose in the neighborhood to run with friends. Find another adult or older sibling to hand out candy at your house and stick with your trick-or-treaters. Don’t forget your own flashlight and a back-up bag for when theirs tears.

Fun, Safe Events

If you’re looking for an even safer way to spend Halloween, consider taking your child to a mall, community event, church party or even host your own special Halloween party. These controlled environments may be a safer alternative and still loads of fun.

Pumpkin Carving

When it’s time to care the pumpkin, safe and child-friendly tools are available at most stores. Supervision is still required, however, as children still may find ways to get hurt. If possible, have them help you design the image and then you do the cutting. They can do the fun part of cleaning out the pumpkins and saving the seeds to dry for healthy snacking later on. Using an inexpensive, battery-operated tea light eliminates the fire hazard.

Preventative Habits

Watch what candy is given to your child at which house, so if something is questionable later on, you will remember if it came from a friendly neighbor that you know well. Toss anything that is unwrapped or homemade. Talk to your child beforehand so he or she knows to stay on sidewalks, wait for you to cross at corners, and walk up to houses that have porch lights on. In the excitement of the moment, kids will often dash unexpectedly or step off onto rough terrain.

To ensure a safe and memorable Halloween for your lil’ monster, try these few simple, preventative measures. To learn more about how to have a hazard-free Halloween, visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SafeHalloween.

Online Check-in: The Smarter Way to the ER

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, we understand that waiting in the ER is no fun. That’s why we’re offering an online check-in service at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SkiptheERWaitingRoom to reserve your time online and comfortably wait at home. Users enjoy the convenience of choosing where they wait and a projected time to see a health care professional in the ER. Patients can hold their place online by completing an online form and arriving at the hospital at the selected time. Simply go to DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SkiptheERWaitingRoom; it's quick, easy and you'll be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes of your scheduled time*.

The hospital’s InQuickER system screens patients whose symptoms may signal a potentially serious condition to make sure they don’t wait to go to the hospital. To learn more about these quality emergency services serving the East Dallas area, visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/ER.

* Some restrictions apply. 

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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A Tool Just for You

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), approximately one in eight women may develop invasive breast cancer at some time during her life. Sadly, many women have a sister, mother, grandmother, or girlfriend affected by breast cancer. Mammography is an important tool in the fight against breast cancer.

Scheduling Made Easy

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, we realize that having your annual screening mammogram is not something most women enjoy. And with busy schedules, it is easily something that we tend to put off. To help make your life a little easier, we offer convenient evening and weekend hours. We are open until 7:00 p.m. during weekdays and from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday.

Added Bonus

As an added bonus, patients who have a screening mammogram at the Women’s Imaging Center and mention this article before December 31, 2015 will receive a free tote bag*.

Who is This For?

Women over age 40 can schedule their screening mammogram without a doctor’s referral. 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 screening mammogram today.

*$10.00 retail value. No cash value. Offer good while supplies last.

 

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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While heart disease is a gradual, lifelong process that you cannot see or feel, you can make lifestyle changes to help prevent heart problems so you can enjoy a healthier life in the years to come. Here are five tips from Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake:

Eat healthy. A healthy diet includes a variety of grains (especially whole grains), fruits and vegetables. Opt for foods low in saturated and trans fats, cholesterol, added sugar and salt.

Exercise regularly. As little as 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days of the week is all you need to protect heart health.

Don’t smoke. The risk of having a heart attack is six times higher for smokers compared to nonsmokers, with the chances increasing depending on the number of cigarettes smoked daily.

Maintain a healthy weight. A weight loss of just five to 10 percent of current weight can help lower the risk for heart disease. Gradual weight loss of one-half to two pounds per week is recommended to ensure long-term success.

Attend a free cardiac screening. You also can take advantage of a free preventive cardiac screening at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. The baseline screening includes a blood cholesterol check (by blood draw), blood pressure monitoring, weight evaluation, and personal health assessment by a nurse. 

  • Date: Saturday, September 26
  • Time: 8:00 to 9:45 a.m.
  • Cost: Free, but space is limited and reservations are required.

Make your reservation today. Call 866-764-3627 to reserve your appointment.

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Have you been living with knee pain? Do you feel like your grandma with her crippling arthritis? Have pain relievers become a way of life? Does your doctor keep bringing up knee replacement surgery? If you’re like many others suffering from debilitating knee pain, you might be wondering what to think about knee replacement. Let’s look at five myths about knee replacement surgery and give you a few facts to help you make a decision that will have you skipping with joy.

Myth # 1 – You have to be over 50 to consider joint replacement

Age is not the main factor that physicians consider when evaluating a painful knee. The amount of pain, the debilitating factors and the quality of life will all be considered during your examination. While the largest age bracket for knee replacements is 50-80, there is not absolute age for total knee replacements. Younger people who suffer from knee pain may benefit from improved mobility after the surgery.

Myth #2 – Joint replacements wear out every 10 years and have to be replaced

When knee replacements were a new medical development over 30 years ago, they typically did wear out after ten years. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, more than 90% of modern total knee replacements are still functioning well after 15 years after the surgery. Each individual is different. To help the knee replacement last longer, many physicians advise against running, but moderate activity such as hiking, swimming, golf, stair climbing and walking is encouraged.

Myth #3 – Knee replacement surgery involves a long hospital stay

As minimally-invasive surgical techniques become widespread, knee replacement surgery requires one to four days in the hospital following the day of surgery.  Each patient is different and recovery time may vary. Actively participating in the healing process may affect your outcomes.

Myth #4 – Knee replacement surgery should be a last resort

Damaged and arthritic knees continue to degenerate over time. If you are having trouble moving because of debilitating pain, and if your activity level has been greatly reduced, it might be time to discuss at least a partial knee replacement surgery with your physician.

Myth #5 – The pain from knee replacement surgery is going to be unbearable

While you will experience some pain after your surgery, your team at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is committed to helping manage your pain and helping you progress steadily through recovery, which will help lessen your pain in the long run. Compared to the arthritis pain you’ve been experiencing, joint replacement will be a more pronounced pain, but will be short-lived and will be manageable with medication. Soon, you will be able to wean yourself off of the meds and will be able to use over-the-counter acetaminophen as you progress through your recovery.

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, we have orthopedic surgeons skilled in knee replacement surgeries to help patients as they work to regain their mobility. To find an orthopedic surgeon who is right for you, call our physician referral line at 866-764-3627 and let us help you start moving again.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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It’s summertime and it’s Texas, so dehydration is a real threat to all of us. Whether you’re in the car commuting to work, at home staying busy, or out running errands, you need to watch out for signs of dehydration.

What’s the big deal?

You’re busy, I know, but if left untreated, dehydration can cause a host of serious complications including:

  • Seizures
  • Brain damage
  • Blood clots
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Death

Repeatedly being under-hydrated causes stress to all of the body’s systems since they are designed to slow down or to stop functioning to divert resources to the kidneys when there’s not enough water to go around.

When you’re dehydrated, your body can show various kinds of distress that you might not instantly recognize as relating to low fluids. Here are seven warning signs that go beyond the obvious thirst and fatigue that tell you to get some water immediately:

Headache

A headache is often one of the first noticeable signs, since it is hard to ignore. If you feel a headache coming on, drink a glass or two of water and see if it helps.

Dark Urine

If your urine output is dark yellow or orange, you need more water right away. A good way to remember is to get in the habit of drinking water after a bathroom break, to replace the fluids that were lost.

Irritability and Confusion

If you feel your emotions spinning out of control, or you’re having trouble understanding the tv or radio, it’s time to head for the faucet.

Rapid Heartbeat

A racing heart that doesn’t slow after you sat down, but continues to pound in your throat is a good indication that your body is in distress. Pay attention to it and grab a water bottle. If your heartbeat continues to race after a couple minutes, seek medical attention immediately.

Rapid Breathing

Even if you’ve been working hard and long, panting is not normal. It should subside after a few minutes of resting, but if you’ve been breathing fast for a while, you need some fluids, fast. If coupled with a rapid heartbeat, drink water and seek medical attention immediately.

Dizziness and Lightheadedness

Along with blood pounding in your ears, rapid heartbeat and headache, you can feel quite dizzy when you’re dehydrated. If you feel like you could pass out, get someone to bring you water and help you while you find a safe place to sit down and cool off.

Fever and Chills

Although one of the more difficult symptoms to notice when you’re already hot and sweaty, if you are much more flushed and hot than people around you, and you realize you have a fever, your body is showing distress by not being able to regulate its own temperature. You need water right away and medical attention.

What should I do?

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, stop what you’re doing and drink room temperature or cool water in steady, slow amounts. Don’t drink alcohol, coffee, energy drinks or sodas which all act as diuretics. You need water and electrolyte replacements from sports drinks.

If someone near you is showing these signs of distress, help him or her drink water. If the person loses consciousness or is showing rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing and dry skin, get the person to the hospital. At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, our Emergency Department is ready to assist in cases of extreme dehydration. Call 911 for emergencies.

Prevention

To prevent dehydration, make it a habit to drink 8-10 cups of water per day, or more if doing strenuous activities or experiencing extreme heat. Pay attention to the color of your urine. If it is light, it is a good indicator that you are getting enough water. If you won’t drink water, try putting sliced or frozen fruit in it, or a dash of lemon juice, or make unsweetened tea in different flavors. Take the time to stay well-hydrated this summer and your body will thank you.

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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It’s summertime and it’s Texas, so dehydration is a real threat to all of us. Whether you’re in the car commuting to work, at home staying busy, or out running errands, you need to watch out for signs of dehydration.

What’s the big deal?

You’re busy, I know, but if left untreated, dehydration can cause a host of serious complications including:

  • Seizures
  • Brain damage
  • Blood clots
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Death

Repeatedly being under-hydrated causes stress to all of the body’s systems since they are designed to slow down or to stop functioning to divert resources to the kidneys when there’s not enough water to go around.

When you’re dehydrated, your body can show various kinds of distress that you might not instantly recognize as relating to low fluids. Here are seven warning signs that go beyond the obvious thirst and fatigue that tell you to get some water immediately:

Headache

A headache is often one of the first noticeable signs, since it is hard to ignore. If you feel a headache coming on, drink a glass or two of water and see if it helps.

Dark Urine

If your urine output is dark yellow or orange, you need more water right away. A good way to remember is to get in the habit of drinking water after a bathroom break, to replace the fluids that were lost.

Irritability and Confusion

If you feel your emotions spinning out of control, or you’re having trouble understanding the tv or radio, it’s time to head for the faucet.

Rapid Heartbeat

A racing heart that doesn’t slow after you sat down, but continues to pound in your throat is a good indication that your body is in distress. Pay attention to it and grab a water bottle. If your heartbeat continues to race after a couple minutes, seek medical attention immediately.

Rapid Breathing

Even if you’ve been working hard and long, panting is not normal. It should subside after a few minutes of resting, but if you’ve been breathing fast for a while, you need some fluids, fast. If coupled with a rapid heartbeat, drink water and seek medical attention immediately.

Dizziness and Lightheadedness

Along with blood pounding in your ears, rapid heartbeat and headache, you can feel quite dizzy when you’re dehydrated. If you feel like you could pass out, get someone to bring you water and help you while you find a safe place to sit down and cool off.

Fever and Chills

Although one of the more difficult symptoms to notice when you’re already hot and sweaty, if you are much more flushed and hot than people around you, and you realize you have a fever, your body is showing distress by not being able to regulate its own temperature. You need water right away and medical attention.

What should I do?

If you’re experiencing one or more of these symptoms, stop what you’re doing and drink room temperature or cool water in steady, slow amounts. Don’t drink alcohol, coffee, energy drinks or sodas which all act as diuretics. You need water and electrolyte replacements from sports drinks.

If someone near you is showing these signs of distress, help him or her drink water. If the person loses consciousness or is showing rapid heartbeat, rapid breathing and dry skin, get the person to the hospital. At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, our Emergency Department is ready to assist in cases of extreme dehydration. Call 911 for emergencies.

Prevention

To prevent dehydration, make it a habit to drink 8-10 cups of water per day, or more if doing strenuous activities or experiencing extreme heat. Pay attention to the color of your urine. If it is light, it is a good indicator that you are getting enough water. If you won’t drink water, try putting sliced or frozen fruit in it, or a dash of lemon juice, or make unsweetened tea in different flavors. Take the time to stay well-hydrated this summer and your body will thank you.

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is hosting a fun and informative evening exclusively for women to learn more about the latest health treatments. Several physicians will serve on a Q&A panel. 

We have activities planned including a refreshing chair massage and snacks to help you relax after a long day.

Too tired to move? Wait ‘til you hear the exciting music and see the Zumba instructor from White Rock YMCA offer a Zumba 101 instructional class. You won’t be able to resist jumping right in! Be sure to register early because there are only 25 spots open for Zumba.

In addition to the fun activities, there will be an informative time featuring several physicians on the medical staff who will discuss common health conditions affecting women today.

Registration is required. Call 866-764-3627 to reserve your seat at this fun evening focused on women’s health. Zumba is limited to the first 25 applicants.

Date: Tuesday, July 21

Time: 6– 8:00 p.m.

Location: White Rock YMCA
7112 Gaston Ave.
Dallas, TX 75214

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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If your life has become a routine of having to miss school or work because of extreme cramping and bleeding, you are likely looking for some answers. An exam from your OB/GYN physician might give you the diagnosis of endometriosis.

What is endometriosis?

When tissues that would normally be found in the lining of the uterus start to grow outside of the uterus, this condition is called endometriosis. No one knows why the tissue changes location. What we do know is, just because it’s not in the right place doesn’t mean it stops its monthly cycle. When hormones dictate a swelling of the tissues in the uterus, the tissues outside of the uterus respond in the same way.

When pregnancy doesn’t occur and the tissues start to slough off into your monthly period, then the tissues outside the uterus try to as well. The problem occurs at this point, because there is no outlet for the excess blood flow for the abnormal tissue. The tissues then become irritated and painful.

What can be done?

Many people have mild cases of endometriosis and are able to control it with birth control pills, hormone therapy, or just ibuprofen. But for those with severe cases, where your quality of life is greatly impacted, it might be time to consider something more targeted.

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, we offer an alternative. If your physician thinks surgery is needed in your case, our advanced technology da Vinci Surgical System® could be the right choice for you. By using this robotic-assisted surgical system, your surgeon would be able to make a tiny incision and use the robot to remove the endometriosis tissue or the ovaries and uterus, if your case is extreme.

This minimally-invasive surgical system offers the potential of a surgery that disrupts less surrounding tissue, has less bleeding, shorter surgical time, less pain and significantly shorter recovery time than standard surgeries.

A minimally invasive choice

As the da Vinci Surgical System® becomes more widespread, its popularity is increasing. Many women are discovering the benefits of minimally-invasive surgical options for their common health concerns.

Ask your physician if you would be a good candidate for a robotic-assisted surgery to work towards alleviating your endometriosis symptoms and restoring your quality of life.

Call Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake for more information about our advanced surgical procedures at 866-764-3627 or visit us at WomensHealthEastDallas.com. Let us help you get back to living your life to the fullest.

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Fire up your grills! Whether you are a seasoned veteran of many cook-outs, or just learning how to barbecue like a pro, here are a few tips to help you keep your meals lean and healthy so family members and friends will come back for more.

Don’t be afraid to marinade.

Marinating meats not only adds great flavor, but also can help reduce the formation of heterocyclic amines, substances that could potentially increase the risk of cancer.

Smaller is better.

Portioning meat into smaller cubes or slices can speed up cook time so they have less chance of charring.

Get the temperature right.

The ideal temperatures are 165 degrees for ground poultry, 160 degrees for ground red meats and fresh pork, and 145 degrees for red meat steaks or chops.

Turn down the heat.

Keep the heat down with a low flame to reduce the chances of burning or charring.

Take it off.

Remove any visible fat on meat to reduce flare-ups. Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, another potential cancer-causing substance, come from smoke that forms when fat drips from meat onto the grill.

Don’t always think meat.

Vegetables are great grilled, especially onions, corn on the cob, eggplant, zucchini, mushrooms and asparagus, as well as apples, pears, peaches and bananas.

Save time and pre-cook.

Reduce the amount of time on the grill by partially cooking meat in the microwave. Be sure to put the partially cooked meat straight onto the grill to finish cooking.

Keep it clean.

Scrub the grill with a brush before and after grilling.

It’s not just what you grill, but how you grill it that can help make foods healthy, flavorful and safe.

Online Check-in: The Smarter Way to the ER

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, we understand that waiting in the ER is no fun. That’s why we’re offering an online check-in service at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SkiptheERWaitingRoomto reserve your time online and comfortably wait at home. Users enjoy the convenience of choosing where they wait and a projected time to see a health care professional in the ER. Patients can hold their place online by completing an online form and arriving at the hospital at the selected time. Simply go to DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SkiptheERWaitingRoom; it's quick, easy and you'll be seen by a health care professional within 15 minutes of your scheduled time*.

The hospital’s InQuickER system screens patients whose symptoms may signal a potentially serious condition to make sure they don’t wait to go to the hospital. To learn more about these quality emergency services serving the East Dallas area, visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/ER

* Some restrictions apply. 

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com