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With you in mind, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is excited to announce the launch of a new website dedicated to women’s health.

They say knowledge is power. At WomensHealthEastDallas.com, we lay it all out for you. There is information on all of the services, procedures and common women’s conditions for you to understand and to absorb. Wondering what “nissen funduplication” is? The information is right there on the website waiting for you.

Looking to find a physician that is skilled in a specific area? Send an inquiry with the “Find a Physician” form on the website. Wondering about that new robotic-assisted surgery? Check out all the details on this technology on our site.

And just to show how committed we are to providing you with the knowledge you need to live a healthy and long life, we are giving you a free booklet to download: “A Woman’s Guide — Caring for Yourself.” Click here for the free Guide.

Check out this fresh, new website right now and get some tips for staying healthy and active from people who are dedicated to the best in women’s healthcare.

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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
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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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Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake opened its doors in June 1959 as a community medical/surgical hospital with 50 beds and 75 employees. Since then, it has grown to become a 218-bed, acute care facility offering a full spectrum of medical services, from cardiology and family practice medicine to orthopedics and bariatric surgery. Some of the milestones achieved over the years at the hospital include:

  • 1968 – Opening the first Coronary Care Unit and expanding to 100 beds
  • 1977 – Relocating to 9440 Poppy Drive and using the new facility’s extra space for 24-hour emergency service; opening an adjacent four-story professional building; offering ambulatory surgery
  • 1981 – Adding a CT scanner to imaging capabilities
  • 1986 – Adding obstetric services
  • 1997 – Opening the Wound Treatment Center
  • 2004 – Opening the Sleep Center
  • 2008 – Offering new surgical suites with all private rooms and adjoining rooms for family members to spend the night
  • 2013 – Opening the first Urgent Care Center, now known as MedPost
  • 2014 – Expanding services to include robotic surgery and hyperbaric oxygen therapy; opening the Congestive Heart Failure Clinic

In celebration of 55 years of caring for the East Dallas community this year, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is making donations to area nonprofit organizations that also serve the White Rock Lake area. Local 501(c)3 groups are invited to submit applications to request items of their choice for donation by the hospital. One winner will be selected in the fall and another later in the year. The hospital will donate 55 of the requested items to that school or community or service organization. The maximum retail value of each item is $55, for a total maximum donation value of $3,025. Request forms are available online at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/55YearDonation.

To learn more about how Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is helping to improve the well-being of people living in the East Dallas area, visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com.


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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Congestive heart failure (CHF) is a serious, chronic condition in which the heart is not able to pump enough blood throughout the body. Nearly five million Americans live with this condition that cannot be cured, but can be successfully managed.

Symptoms of CHF may include fatigue, shortness of breath and leg swelling. Additional signs are a persistent cough, sudden weight gain, lack of appetite, nausea and irregular heartbeat. Risk factors for developing the condition include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, heart attack, diabetes and viruses. Anyone can develop CHF, but it is more common in African Americans, men, and people age 65 and older.

Diagnosing the condition usually involves taking a complete health history, performing a physical examination and ordering certain tests. Tests may include a chest X-ray to look for an enlarged heart and fluid in or around the lungs; an electrocardiogram to check heart rhythm; or an echocardiogram to observe heart structure and blood flow. Treatment will depend on causes of the condition, severity and overall health.

The new Congestive Heart Failure Clinic at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake recently opened to help members of the East Dallas area suffering the effects of CHF. The Clinic offers a physician-directed and nurse-managed environment where these patients can come to have a pacemaker adjusted, medications closely monitored and altered, if necessary, and receive diuretic treatment. All services are coordinated with the patient’s referring physician to determine an effective course of treatment and help keep patients from having to return to the hospital, or the emergency room, and help them feel better. The Clinic is open Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or to request a free physician referral, call 214-324-6700.


Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Now under the new name of MedPost Urgent Care Center, Urgent Care by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake continues to provide the same high level of quality care that residents of east Dallas expect and deserve. The center has recently become part of a growing national network of urgent care centers launched by Tenet Healthcare, which is the parent company of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake.

“We are proud to partner with MedPost Urgent Care and still offer convenient care,” said Jay Krishnaswamy, chief executive officer at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake. “Through this partnership we will be able to participate in building a trusted network of urgent care centers around the country while keeping our strong local presence.”

MedPost centers play an important role in providing timely care for people when their primary care physician is not available. The center continues to be staffed with physician specialists in primary care, internal medicine and emergency medicine, as well as nurse practitioners and other health professionals. The local center, like other facilities nationwide, is equipped with X-ray and laboratory capabilities, and provides a comprehensive array of services ranging from flu shots and other immunizations to treatment for such things as upper respiratory infections, sinus problems, allergic reactions, fever, ear aches and orthopedic injuries. 

The MedPost Urgent Care center serves the White Rock Lake area and is open seven days a week. It is easy to spot with an eye-catching red and black logo highlighted with an exclamation point. The local center is one of 23 facilities operating in Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and Texas. For more information about MedPost Urgent Care, visit medpost.com or call 214-321-0015.


Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Fireworks are fun to watch, exciting to hear, and a wonderful way to mark a special occasion. Most people have fond memories of watching a dizzying display of starburst fireworks light up the night sky. Others, unfortunately, may recall a trip to the hospital emergency room because of a fireworks-related injury.

According to the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 9,600 people are treated annually for injuries caused by fireworks. More than 45 percent of injuries are to the hand or finger, and 17 percent to the eye. One-fourth of fireworks accident victims are children under the age of 15, and men account for slightly more than two-thirds of fireworks injuries.

The safest way to watch fireworks is at a professional show, not by setting off fireworks at home. When viewing a fireworks display, respect the safety barriers and select a safe viewing distance of at least 500 feet away. If you know someone who is planning a fireworks show of their own, you may want to share these safety tips:

  • Make sure fireworks are legal in your area.
  • Children should not be allowed to play with fireworks.
  • Watch children closely when setting off fireworks.
  • Keep an extinguisher, hose, or bucket of water nearby.
  • Do not light fireworks inside or near dry vegetation.
  • Do not pick up a firework that has not gone off. Do not try to relight it. Douse it with water and dispose of it.
  • Read the directions on fireworks before setting them off.
  • Stand several feet away from lit fireworks.
  • Do not light more than one firework at a time.
  • Do not wear loose-fitting clothing when lighting fireworks.

To learn more about fireworks safety, visit the free, online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/FireworksSafety.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Some things just seem to go together, like peanut butter and jelly, pencil and paper, and night and day. Other things don’t go hand in hand nearly as well, like oil and vinegar, cats and water, and a square peg and a round hole. Another pair that doesn’t mix is medications and sun.

Some medications, from common antibiotics to heart medicines, can increase sensitivity to the sun that may cause the skin to burn in less time and at a reduced level of exposure to the sun than normal. This drug-induced sensitivity to the sun is called photosensitivity. There are two basic types of photosensitivity reactions — phototoxicity and photoallergy. 

Phototoxic reactions usually appear within 24 hours of exposure and look like an exaggerated sunburn. Skin damage can range from mild redness to swelling and blisters. This type of reaction is limited to areas exposed to the sun and usually disappears after the drug is discontinued. In a photoallergic reaction, an eczema-type rash may develop a few days after exposure that could spread to parts of the body that were not in the sun.

Examples of phototoxic drugs include certain antibiotics, antihistamines, malaria medications, cancer chemotherapy and cardiac drugs, diuretics, diabetic medicines, painkillers, skin and acne medications, and psychiatric drugs. Common photoallergic drugs include some sunscreens, anti-microbials, painkillers, cancer chemotherapy drugs and fragrances.

The most important step in treatment is discontinuing the drug, if possible, that is causing the photosensitivity. Usual sunburn prevention measures also may help, such as avoiding prolonged exposure to sunlight, wearing protective clothing, and using sunscreen. Topical steroid creams could be used to help alleviate redness and antihistamines can minimize itching.

For more suggestions about managing medications, visit the free, online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/ManageMedications.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Gentlemen (and ladies): 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. For more healthy grilling tips, visit the free, online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/HealthyGrilling.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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With 26 bones, 33 joints, and more than 100 muscles, ligaments and tendons in each foot, there are plenty of things that can cause problems with your feet. Your choice of footwear can certainly make a difference when it comes to keeping your feet healthy — or putting you at risk of damaging your feet.

Flip-flops are certainly the go-to footwear of choice during the hot summer months. They are a convenient and comfortable alternative to gym shoes or dress shoes, and — with so many colors, styles and heel heights to choose from — can make quite a fashion statement. But when not worn in moderation, flip-flops or sandals also may contribute to a wide range of foot problems.

  • Toes – The repetitive gripping of toes to keep the shoes on can cause overuse of the muscle, which might lead to tendinitis or hammer toes, or make bunions worse.
  • Bones – Too much time in flip-flops could cause fractures in foot bones due to repetitive trauma without any cushioning or shock absorption.
  • Skin – Bare skin can rub against sandal material and cause blisters.

You can wear flip-flops for short jaunts without causing harm. Here are some tips about choosing a better pair so you can keep your feet healthy.

  • Avoid one-size-fits-all sandals. Choose ones that fit properly, without the heel or toes hanging over the edge.
  • Choose shoes that bend at the balls of the feet, not in half.
  • Select ones with a thicker sole, little bump in the middle for arch support, and have a strap across the back.
  • Shop for ones made of soft leather, not materials that can cause irritation or blisters.

To learn more about how to take good care of your feet, visit the free, online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/FootHealth.

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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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With the recent celebration of Mother's Day, you probably thought to get your mom flowers and candy. But, another way to express your love and appreciation is to encourage her to have a mammogram.

Mammograms can be a very powerful tool in the fight against breast cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among American women, except for skin cancer. Based on current incidence rates for breast cancer, a woman born today has approximately a one in eight chance of being diagnosed with the disease at some time during her lifetime.

The American Cancer Society recommends that women over 40 have a mammogram once a year. Women ages 50 to 74 should have one every two years, as recommended by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. Mammograms are believed to contribute to decreases in death rates from breast cancer since 1990 due to earlier detection through screening, as well as increased awareness and improved treatment.

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. The hospital 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. Convenient evening and weekend hours are available for appointments by calling 214-324-6220. Have your screening mammogram by May 31 and receive a free summer tote bag* that is perfect for your summer outdoor activities. For additional information, visit DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/MothersDay

MammoPad is a registered trademark of Hologic, Inc.

* $6 retail 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