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Some conditions may seem minor, but could be serious if not treated. Calling for emergency medical assistance provides rapid transportation to the hospital where care can be provided upon arrival. This is especially important in a heart attack situation.

Approximately 85 percent of heart muscle damage occurs within the first hour. This is often referred to as the “golden hour.” It is during this timeframe that the heart vessel needs to be opened. The faster the vessel is opened, the greater the benefit to the heart muscle. Of the more than one million Americans who have a heart attack each year, only about half of them survive and many have permanent heart damage because they did not get help right away.

The best way to stop the heart attack process is to recognize symptoms early before damage occurs. If you believe you are having a medical emergency such as a heart attack, call 9-1-1. Ultimately, it’s not the heart attack itself that kills. It’s also the time wasted when trying to decide whether or not to go to the hospital. In many areas, emergency medical services can diagnose a heart attack before arriving at the hospital and initiate early treatment.

To learn more about why it’s important to call 9-1-1, visit the free online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/Call911

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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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We are proud to announce The Joint Commission has recognized Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®.

As a leading accreditor of health care organizations in the United States, the Joint Commission, in their 2014 annual report, has recognized our hospital for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance in the following areas:

  • heart attack
  • heart failure
  • pneumonia
  • surgical care

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is among only 36.9% of accredited hospitals to earn Joint Commission Top Performer status for 2013—a title which recognizes hospitals for taking steps to positively improve performance for patients with specific conditions.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, M.D., FACP, M.P.P., M.P.H., president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

To become a 2013 Top Performer, our facility had to meet three high-performance standards that demonstrated an improvement in patient care within the last year including:

  • Achieving a cumulative performance of 95% or above, across all reported accountability measures
  • Attaining a performance of 95% or above, on each and every reported accountability measure when there were at least 30 denominator cases
  • Having at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95% or above, and (within that measure set) all applicable individual accountability measures had a performance rate of 95% or above.

“We understand what matters most to patients at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is the quality and safety of the care they receive. That is why we have made it a top priority to improve positive patient outcomes through evidence-based care processes,” said Jay Krishnaswamy, chief executive officer at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is proud to be named a 2013 Top Performer as it recognizes the knowledge, teamwork and dedication of our team of physicians, staff and volunteers,” he said.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit: http://www.jointcommission.org/accreditation/top_performers.aspx


Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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One of the things most people are truly thankful for is good health. But many people sabotage their own well-being by overeating and eating too much of the wrong things on Thanksgiving. On the one day a year that is dedicated to being thankful, we can feel our best by making a few small changes. This year, try a few of these suggestions to help you feel both healthy and blessed.

Eat before the meal.

While this sounds counterproductive, it is a good strategy to have your morning breakfast and then nibble on a fruit or veggie tray or some low-fat cheese and crackers to take the edge off your hunger. Then, when you get to the dinner table, you will make better choices.

Fresh is Best

Following the tradition of celebrating the fresh harvest, look for ways to incorporate fresh fruits and veggies into your dinner and appetizers. If you cook vegetables, quick steam them and leave them a little crunchy to retain the vitamins. Go easy on the seasonings and place salt and pepper on the table for individual tastes. Try substituting plain yogurt for sour cream in recipes or fat-free broth for gravy.

Fruited Water

A sparkling glass pitcher of ice water with fresh fruit slices in it will make a welcome complement to rich foods and will save the calories and artificial dyes found in punch.

Portion Control

Decide before the meal how much you will eat, and limit your portions accordingly. Use the give-and-take approach: if you love potatoes, take a slightly larger helping of them and then cut back on the dressing. Remember the law of diminishing returns: the first bite of something is the best and after that, your satisfaction with the food goes down. Another clever trick is to use smaller plates. Psychologically, you are satisfied with less.

Slow Down

Taking time to talk with family and friends during the meal will help you slow down. Start a new tradition of telling a favorite story or recounting a blessing to help the conversations flow.

Exercise

Getting outside after the dishes are done is a great way to help you feel healthy. Take someone with you and go for a little walk to enjoy the fresh air. Consider playing some outdoor games with the kids to keep you busy, make special memories and burn a few calories.

Keep Your Perspective

Remember to watch yourself-talk if you overeat. Thanksgiving is just one day and you can find ways to exercise and to be careful about what you eat over the next few days to balance your overindulgence. If you shop on Black Friday, take some healthy snacks along so you won’t be tempted to buy fast food or unhealthy treats at the mall.

For some tips on how to produce a festive meal that you will be proud to serve on Thanksgiving Day, visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/Thanksgiving.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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During the month of November, traditionally associated with eating scrumptious carbs and pies, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is offering a free screening for diabetes. In recognition of November as National Diabetes Awareness month, your neighborhood healthcare providers are offering this screening along with helpful information about the disease.

Here’s the Facts

Earlier this summer, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) released a statement that 1 in 4 people do not know they suffer from diabetes. Nationally, this disease that affects blood sugar is on the rise with 29 million people diagnosed with diabetes, up from 26 million only four years ago.

Perhaps even more alarming is the stunning 86 million Americans that have prediabetes that are expected to escalate into Type 2 diabetes in the next few years if weight loss and moderate exercise habits are not adopted.

Free Diabetes Screening

On Saturday, November 15 from 8:00 a.m. to noon, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is offering a free diabetes screening including glucose finger stick, blood pressure and weight measurement to determine your risk for diabetes. In addition, diabetes education will be offered including fitness and nutrition suggestions for diabetes management. No fasting required.

Are You At Risk?

Don’t be a statistic. Determine your personal risk factors by attending this free diabetes screening at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, Dallas. Call us today at 866-764-3627 to make your reservation and take a step towards a healthy future.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake received the top grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2014 Safety Score, representing the hospital’s continued commitment to delivering safe, high-quality healthcare services to the east Dallas community. The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score is a rating system designed to give consumers information they can use to make healthcare decisions for themselves or a loved one.


"Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is honored to receive this rating as recognition for our dedication to quality patient care," said Jay Krishnaswamy, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake’s chief executive officer. "I believe that the team of physicians, staff and volunteers at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake creates an environment of trust that stands out to our patients. There is no doubt that our focus on providing exemplary care, fulfilling patient needs and commitment to safety has contributed to this recent recognition.”

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Halloween is supposed to be scary, but not from falls and cuts. Don’t let your children’s fun be spoiled by a preventable injury. 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 choosing a costume is to make sure your child can see. If it obstructs his or her 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 the costume 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 carve 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.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Do you feel like you drew the shortest straw? It’s not like you to complain, but sometimes it seems like everyone around you has it easy while you’ve been suffering from uterine fibroids for a long time.

We know it hasn’t been easy, but you’re definitely not alone. Studies show that 1 in 5 women have to deal with fibroids during their childbearing years. There are varying degrees of discomfort, but when there is debilitating pain or lifestyle restrictions, it is time to talk to your physician.

You’ve long since come to terms with what you can and can’t do when the symptoms are at their worst. You’ve tried everything to cope with the pain and inconvenience. Although surgery can seem like an intimidating step to take, it may be the right option for you if solutions like medication, changes in lifestyle or non-surgical treatments have not been effective. Did you know there are options available at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake to help with the suffering?

Here are four options for you to consider:

  1. Hysteroscopy. This procedure can remove fibroids growing inside the uterus. This minimally invasive procedure is usually done as an outpatient. Your physician will use a thin viewing tool to search for fibroids to then remove them. A mild sedative or numbing agent may be given for your comfort. If you are planning on having children, this might be a good option for you.
  1. Uterine artery embolization. This procedure stops the blood supply to the fibroid, causing it to shrink and die. If you are not planning to have children and if you have not yet reached menopause, this might be a good option for you.
  1. Myomectomy. This surgery removes the fibroids from the uterus. This may be a good choice if you want to have children and sometimes improves chances for pregnancy. It won't prevent fibroids from growing again.
  1. Hysterectomy. This surgery removes the uterus either partially or completely. This may be an option for you if you don't want children, if medicines do not work, and if you cannot have any other procedures.

At Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, we are pleased to offer the da Vinci Surgical System® robotic surgery for both myomectomy and hysterectomy. This system makes either of these two procedures minimally invasive. Click here to learn more.

You don’t have to suffer any longer. Call us today at 866-764-3627 to find out if you are a good candidate for one of these procedures.

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Risks & Considerations Related to Hysterectomy & da Vinci Surgery:

Potential risks of a hysterectomy procedure include:

• Separation of the vaginal incision
• Blocked lung artery
• Urinary tract injury

In addition to these risks, there are risks related to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery for hysterectomy, such as hernia (bulging tissue at incision site).1

Important Information for Patients:
All surgery presents risk, including da Vinci Surgery. Results, including cosmetic results, may vary. Serious complications may occur in any surgery, up to and including death. Examples of serious and life-threatening complications, which may require hospitalization, include injury to tissues or organs; bleeding; infection, and internal scarring that can cause long-lasting dysfunction or pain. Temporary pain or nerve injury has been linked to the inverted position often used during abdominal and pelvic surgery. Patients should understand that risks of surgery include potential for human error and potential for equipment failure. Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery may include: a longer operative time; the need to convert the procedure to other surgical techniques; the need for additional or larger incision sites; a longer operation or longer time under anesthesia than your surgeon originally predicts. Converting the procedure to open could mean a longer operative time, long time under anesthesia, and could lead to increased complications. Research suggests that there may be an increased risk of incision-site hernia with single-incision surgery. Patients who bleed easily, have abnormal blood clotting, are pregnant or morbidly obese are typically not candidates for minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery. Other surgical approaches are available. Patients should review the risks associated with all surgical approaches. They should talk to their doctors about their surgical experience and to decide if da Vinci is right for them. For more complete information on surgical risks, safety and indications for use, please refer to http://www.davincisurgery.com/safety.

All people depicted unless otherwise noted are models. © 2013 Intuitive Surgical. All rights reserved. Intuitive, Intuitive Surgical, da Vinci, da Vinci S, da Vinci Si, Single-Site, TilePro, FireFly, Skills Simulator, EndoWrist and EndoWrist One are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intuitive Surgical. All other product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. PN 870697 Rev C 07/13

1 Boggess JF, et al. Perioperative outcomes of robotically assisted hysterectomy for benign cases with complex pathology. Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Sep;114(3):585-93.

 

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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A Tool Just for You

Mammography is 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 cancer. In fact, approximately one in eight women may develop invasive breast cancer at some time during her life.

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 p.m. during weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Added Bonus

As an added bonus, patients who have a screening mammogram at the Women’s Imaging Center before December 31, 2014 will receive a free insulated 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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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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If you want to eat a healthy diet, you’ll need to do more than choose the right foods. It’s also important to prepare foods in a healthy way. Here are a few tips to help you make more savory dishes that are both heart smart and nutritious.

  • Roast using a rack so the meat or poultry does not sit in its own fat drippings.
  • Bake foods using little extra liquid in covered cookware.
  • Stir-fry in a wok with vegetable stock, wine or a little bit of peanut oil.
  • Grill or broil with a rack to allow fat to drip away from the food.
  • Steam foods in a basket over simmering water.
  • Poach chicken or fish by immersing it in simmering liquid.
  • Microwave and drain fat by placing food between two paper towels as it cooks.

You can make your favorite recipes more heart healthy by substituting certain ingredients to reduce fat, cholesterol and sodium.

  • Use olive, canola or safflower oil instead of shortening.
  • Trade whole or two percent milk for one percent or skim milk.
  • Exchange canned vegetables for fresh or frozen vegetables.
  • Switch to low-fat cheeses.
  • When baking, replace oil, shortening or butter with ripe mashed bananas or applesauce.
  • Replace salt with herbs and spices to add flavor.
  • Substitute a portion of all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour, oatmeal or whole cornmeal. 

To learn more about how to make nutritious and delicious meals so you can live a healthier life, attend the free nutrition class "Get to Know Your Inner Chef" hosted by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake and White Rock YMCA. The seminar will be held Saturday, September 27 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at White Rock YMCA at 7324 Gaston Avenue. Space is limited and reservations are required. Call 866-764-3627 to register today. 

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Ladies, it’s all about you on Tuesday, September 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. Join us for a fun and informative evening to learn more about some of the latest developments in women’s healthcare.

We have fun 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. You won’t be able to resist jumping right in! Be sure to register early because there are only 25 spots open for Zumba.

There will be a site provided for bra-fitting, compliments of WACOAL and Macy’s, for those who want to take advantage of the free service.

In addition to the fun activities, there will be an informative time featuring several physicians on the medical staff who will speak on the following topics:

  • Endometriosis
  • Gallbladder disease
  • Heart disease
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids

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

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com