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From nurse to accountant, construction worker to chief executive officer, the number of Americans who report that they are stressed at work is high — between 26 and 40 percent — and it could be going higher. Stress in the workplace can have significant health consequences, such as getting more colds or even developing heart disease.

Early warning signs of workplace stress can range from headaches and sleep disturbances, to difficulty in concentrating and stomach problems. Chronic conditions linked to stress include cardiovascular disease, and musculoskeletal and psychological disorders. Stressful work conditions also may contribute to workplace injury, suicide and ulcers.

Combating workplace stress can be approached from several different fronts. Start by identifying the causes of stress and determine if they can be changed or not. Some other steps that can be taken to manage a stressful workplace include the following:

  • Get off to a good start by eating a healthy breakfast, planning ahead, and having a positive attitude.
  • Set expectations and have a clear understanding of what is required to get your job done.
  • Try to stay away from conflict by avoiding office gossip.
  • Stay organized so you can be more efficient.
  • Pace workday activities by tackling more demanding projects in the morning when you are fresh and doing easier work in the afternoon when you may be tired.
  • Take breaks throughout the day to help unwind or enroll in an after-work exercise program to lift your mood
  • Focus on one job at a time, do it well, and then move on the next item on your agenda.
  • Listen to music on the way home to help relieve stress after work.

To help you identify your particular stress profile, take the free, online stress assessment on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/ResponsetoStress.

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It may not seem like grapefruit juice, green leafy vegetables, licorice, hot dogs and chocolate have anything in common, but they do. These are among a number of different foods that can interact with medications, making certain drugs not work sufficiently or others too powerful for the body to handle properly.

Food and drug interactions can happen with both prescription and over-the-counter medications, including antacids, vitamins, iron pills, herbs, supplements, and beverages. According to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, there are a number of common food and drug interactions:

  • Grapefruit juice can interact with drugs such as statins, antihistamines, thyroid medications, blood pressure medications, birth control pills, cough suppressants and medications that block stomach acids, and affect the way the body metabolizes the medication.
  • Leafy green vegetables can interact with blood-thinning medications and affect the blood’s clotting ability.
  • Natural black licorice may interact with certain blood pressure medications and blood-thinning medications.
  • Salt substitutes can interact with ACE inhibitors and digoxin.
  • Tyramine (found in foods such as aged meats and cheeses, hot dogs and chocolate) can interact with some medications used to treat depression or Parkinson’s disease.

Not all medications are affected by food, but many can be affected by what you eat and when you eat it. Before taking any medication, it is important to read directions, warning and interaction precautions printed on all medication labels and instructions. Do not stir medication into food or take capsules apart (unless directed by your pharmacist or doctor), or mix them into hot drinks. Keep all medications in their original containers so they can be easily identified.

Learn what you can do to prevent drug interactions with food, other prescribed medications, over-the-counter drugs or herbal products, by taking a free, online quiz available on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/DrugQuiz.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Spring flowers, buds on trees and sprouts of new grass may look pretty this time of year, but for some people, spring brings the worst of the seasonal allergies, also known as hay fever or allergic rhinitis. Others may start the sneezing, wheezing and coughing, associated with allergies more in summer and fall, when grasses and weeds are pollinating. There also are the unlucky ones who react to allergens like spores, dust mites, cockroaches and pet dander that cause symptoms throughout the year.

So what can you do if you don’t want to spend the whole springtime looking at flowers through the window? If your symptoms become severe, talk to your doctor. There are several prescription medications designed to treat these types of allergies. Over-the-counter allergy medications also are available to treat allergy symptoms. Other at-home treatment options may include using a sinus rinse or wash to gently clear mucus and allergens from nasal and sinus passages. Other ways to help avoid airborne allergens include:

  • Keeping doors and windows closed and using an air conditioner at home and in the car.
  • Not hanging laundry, especially bedding, outside.
  • Limiting outdoor activity early in the morning when pollen counts are higher.
  • Staying inside when it’s windy outside.
  • Replacing air conditioner filters monthly and using a high-efficiency particulate air filter.
  • Wearing a dust mask when outside, especially for activities like gardening.
  • If possible, avoid mowing the lawn or raking leaves, since these activities send more pollen into the air.
  • Using special cases to enclose pillows, mattresses and box springs to limit exposure to dust mites.

To learn more about allergies — and how to avoid seasonal triggers — visit the free, online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/SeasonalAllergies.

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214-324-6100
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If you’ve ever struggled with long-term weight loss, take a moment and think about your dream for the future. What does it look like? Maybe it’s finishing that half marathon you’ve always wanted to try. Or keeping up with the kids on their long bike rides through the neighborhood. Or maybe, it’s as simple as waking up happy and healthy every morning. My New Beginning, which is part of Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, wants to help patients turn their dreams into reality.

People who are morbidly obese are at a much greater risk of developing a variety of serious medical conditions compared to individuals who are not obese. Bariatric surgery can give patients a fresh start and many happy years down the road – and also prevent the development of a number of serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, stroke, arthritis, bladder problems, asthma, and obstructive sleep apnea.

Patients must meet certain criteria to quality for bariatric surgery. Some of these requirements include being 18 years or older and either morbidly obese or obese with associated complications, having tried unsuccessfully to lose weight through a structured, medical weight loss program that included diet, exercise and lifestyle changes.

My New Beginning offers five surgical options for weight loss, including Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, gastric band or LAP-BAND®, sleeve gastrectomy, duodenal switch, and revision surgery. For more information about bariatric surgery or to attend a free seminar at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake, visit MyNewBeginning.com or call 888-228-6466. Check us out on Facebook at Facebook.com/MyNewBeginningBariatricSurgery.

This surgery is designed for those with a body mass index equal to or greater than 40, or equal to or greater than 35 with serious co-morbidities. 


Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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If you’re tired of ho-hum peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, not looking forward to having last night’s leftovers, or would rather skip lunch all together instead of eating a low calorie, no taste microwavable entrée, then it’s time to banish boredom with a healthy lunch. Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is excited to be the official wellness partner of YMCA at White Rock and offer Healthy Eating for Healthy Living, a series of free nutrition classes for the east Dallas area. 

During our next class on Saturday, March 22 from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., a registered dietitian will give tips about creativity and planning so an exciting lunch can be just a few easy steps away. The free class will be held at YMCA at White Rock, 7324 Gaston Avenue. Healthy snacks will be served. Space is limited and reservations are required. To register, call 877-647-1109.

To get started with more interesting meals, try these simple tips and recipes to help boost your creativity in the kitchen:

  • Give your sandwich a makeover by piling your favorite fixings on a better bread option, such as focaccia or whole wheat pita. Try waffles for a sweet and savory treat.
  • Lose the calories, but keep the taste of your favorite BLT by using new Hidden Valley Bacon Ranch sandwich spread instead of mayo — you’ll get all the same flavor with a third of the calories.
  • Make extra meat and vegetables for dinner, and use them for tomorrow's lunch by placing leftovers between two pieces of your favorite bread.
  • Add interest to turkey sandwiches with walnuts, avocado or apple slices to jazz up a childhood favorite.
  • For the perfect Meatless Monday, try a sandwich on whole wheat bread with slices of avocado and tomato, topped with your favorite cheese — an instant vegetarian masterpiece.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Colon cancer has no single cause and often does not cause any symptoms. Some people have a higher risk of developing colon cancer because this form of the disease tends to run in families. Others who are diagnosed with colon cancer have a personal history of colorectal polyps or colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, or certain inherited gene changes that can cause the disease. Being over the age of 50 and African American also can increase the risk of developing colon cancer.

So what can you do to reduce your risk of colon cancer? Plenty. According to a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, screening colonoscopies reduce the risk of developing advanced colon cancer by 70 percent in average-risk people. Researchers also found that having a yearly fecal occult blood test — an at-home test that checks for blood in the stool — may provide the same amount of risk reduction.

While you cannot control your age, race or family history, there are a number of lifestyle-related steps you can take in addition to screening to help prevent the disease: eat five or more servings of a variety of vegetables and fruits daily; exercise at least 30 minutes of moderate or vigorous physical activity on five or more days of the week; manage your weight; and don’t smoke.

In recognition of March as Colon Cancer Awareness Month, Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake is offering free EZ DETECT™ colon cancer kits*. This self-test, which can be done in the privacy of your home, may detect the early warning signs of colorectal disease even before symptoms appear. To request your FREE kit, call 877-647-1109.

*$7.99 retail value. Limit two kits per household, please. Offer good while supplies last.

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
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No one ever plans on being in a car accident or having a heart attack. But accidents and unexpected illnesses can, and do, happen. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 355,000 Americans are treated in emergency departments across the country every day.

Those who arrive in the emergency room (ER) by ambulance usually have a life-threatening condition that requires rapid transportation so they can receive care upon arrival. Others who come by car or on foot will be treated based on the severity of their illnesses or injuries, not on a first come, first serve basis.

The recently renovated Emergency Department at Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake provides this high level of medical care the residents of East Dallas expect and deserve. From a remodeled front lobby and new furniture to updated patient treatment rooms, the hospital’s new Emergency Department also features a modernized registration area designed to improve the patient registration process and reduce wait times. In addition, new materials were chosen to reduce noise while enhancing the patient experience. White Rock Lake themed artwork was added as well throughout the department, and all 17 patient rooms were updated and now have flat screen/LED televisions.

Patients who don’t want to spend hours waiting to be treated in the ER can hold their place by completing an online form and arriving at the projected treatment 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.


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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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From the food you stock in the freezer to the silverware you put on the table, your kitchen is your partner in health. When you fill your kitchen with the right tools and foods, you reap the benefits. If your kitchen isn’t your ally, changing it may be easier than you think. Here’s how.

Size matters when it comes to tableware.
Plate sizes have increased over the years, and it makes it harder to judge how much you’ve eaten. Even the shape of drinking glasses makes a difference. A tall thin glass can make you feel like you’re getting more than a short wide one.

Rethink your cookware.
If you cook with fat so your food doesn’t stick, trade up to nonstick cookware. Match the capacity of your cookware to your family size. If you use a large pot for a twosome, you may be tempted to cook, and eat, more food.

Take a look in your cupboard.
Government dietary guidelines call for eating 2 cups of fruit and 2-1/2 cups of vegetables a day. Along with dark green and orange vegetables, add beans to your menus. Read labels on cans to avoid high sodium and sugar levels.

Tame snack attacks.
You may not be willing to get rid of cookies, but you can keep healthier varieties on hand. Choose instead gingersnaps, graham crackers or vanilla wafers. Avoid crackers, cookies, and chips made with saturated or hydrogenated fats.

Make your fridge your friend.
Stock your refrigerator with low-fat dairy foods and keep high-sodium processed meat to a minimum. You don’t have to give up frozen dinners as long as you select varieties low in sodium and fat. Read the label to check portion size and nutrient content. 

For some delicious, heart-healthy recipes, visit the free, online health library on the Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake website at DoctorsHospitalDallas.com/HealthyRecipes

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9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Can’t remember when you scheduled your annual physical? Looking for a physician? Need quick information about cleaning and bandaging a wound? Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake has an app for that. The free app is designed to help manage your health information – all at the touch of your fingers. 

The mobile app has many different, easy-to-use features that include a:

  • Health library with a wealth of information on such topics as disease and conditions, tests and procedures, drug reference, healthy recipes, nutrition facts, current health news, and prevention guidelines.
  • ER wait time clock that constantly posts the wait time in the hospital emergency room so you can check the average door-to-bed time before leaving home.
  • Map and turn-by-turn GPS directions to the hospital.
  • Contact phone numbers for the hospital
  • Physician finder that helps you find the right doctor based on zip code, specialty, insurance accepted and gender.
  • Appointment tracker for all your appointments.
  • First aid tips on a wide range of subjects, from animal bites and burns, to infant choking and eye injuries.
  • My data section where so you can easily keep track of your emergency, physician and important contacts, medicines, insurance numbers, allergies, and personal and family medical history.
  • InQuickER emergency room sign up that allows you to make an appointment at the ER while waiting in the comfort of home.
  • Maternity feature with a due date countdown clock, journal, baby movement tracker, labor information, and baby names list.
  • Baby’s first year information with a breastfeeding guide, feeding timer, childproofing tips, diaper bag checklist, growth tracker, and activity log.

The hospital app, powered by WorldLink, is available as a free download for iPhone™, iPad™, iTouch™ and Android™ products. Have your health at your fingertips. Search for “Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake” today.


Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com

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Women often know a lot about managing the household budget, juggling work and school schedules, and caring for the family. But when it comes to taking care of their own health, many do not know that heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. They also may not be aware that heart disease accounts for one in every four female deaths and nearly two-thirds of women who die suddenly of heart disease do not experience any previous symptoms.

Once it develops, heart disease is a lifelong condition that will gradually worsen unless changes are made to daily habits. Fortunately, women may be able to prevent heart disease by making healthy lifestyle choices. These include:

  • Following a healthy diet that is low in saturated fat and cholesterol, and includes a variety of fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Managing high blood pressure and consuming no more than 2,400 mg of sodium a day.
  • Lowering total cholesterol to less than 200 mg/dL.
  • Getting about 30 minutes of moderate-level physical activity on most, if not all, days of the week.
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Not smoking.

Women are invited to a free screening to learn more about why gender, race, lifestyle and age can affect their chances of developing heart disease so they can take steps to improve their heart health. The Women’s Healthy Heart screening hosted by Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake will be held Saturday, February 8 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the West Tower, Rehabilitation Center at 9330 Poppy Drive. The event includes a blood cholesterol check, blood glucose test, blood pressure monitoring, weight evaluation, and personal health assessment with a nurse. The screening is free, but space is limited. Call 866-764-3627 to reserve your seat today.

Doctors Hospital at White Rock Lake

9400 Poppy Drive
Dallas, TX 75218

214-324-6100
www.doctorshospitaldallas.com