Do I need to go to the emergency room?
When an emergency occurs, it is important to act fast!
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 131 million emergency room visits occur every year. Our ED Care Team at the Medical West Emergency Department is here to assist you when undergoing a medical emergency and to provide you with the best care possible to get you feeling better.
A stroke, or an attack of the brain, happens when a blood vessel in the brain bursts or becomes blocked. The brain is an organ that cannot store oxygen, so blood vessels deliver oxygen through the blood. A lack of blood supply can cause a stroke, therefore causing surrounding nerve cells to be cut off from nutrients and oxygen. If the brain tissue lacks oxygen for more than three or four minutes, the tissue begins to die.
What is a diabetic foot ulcer?
The American Podiatric Medical Association states that 15-percent of people living with diabetes will suffer from a diabetic foot ulcer. Will you be one of them?
A diabetic foot ulcer occurs when there is an open sore or wound at the bottom of a person?s foot. Because diabetes can affect a person?s feelings in their foot and leg, they might not be able to feel that a cut on the bottom of their foot has occurred. As a result, they do not treat the cut/wound and a foot ulcer begins to appear.