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Your Health: Urgent care vs. emergency room

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When you are feeling under the weather, is it best to go to the urgent care or the emergency room? It's a question for many who don't have a primary care physician or reliable insurance.

Long wait times and a room full of a germs. That's likely what you'll find when you visit urgent care or the emergency room. So is one better than the other.

Dr. Diana Krblich says urgent care is usually quicker. Patients are often seen within 30 minutes. She says minor conditions like cold symptoms, congestion, ear pain, sore throat, coughing should go to an urgent care. She also says cuts, bruises, stitches, and even broken bones can be treated there.

Krblich said you should go to the emergency room "if you are having any stroke like symptoms, any numbness, tingling, weakness, slurred speech."

And she says chest pains should also go to the ER. Either way, it's probably a good idea to pack your patience.

Our second story deals with older folks and not taking medicine.

Many older people don't take their prescribed dose of cholesterol lowering statins after a heart attack. Nearly 60,000 seniors hospitalized for heart attacks were followed by researchers, and two years later, only 42 percent were still taking their prescriptions, 19 percent stopped taking the medication. Patients who went through cardiac rehab were more likely to continue their meds.

High intensity statins are recommended to prevent further damage to blood vessels and arteries.

The doctor-patient relationship is source of a blog by Huntsville Hospital's Dr. Robert Chappell Jr. While he is the chief medical officer, he is also a family practice physician with a lot of experience to draw upon. His article sites six signs that you are in a healthy doctor patient relationship:

  • You provide your doctor with thorough information regarding your health status
  • Your doctor is respectful to you and your family members
  • Your doctor takes time to listen to your questions, concerns and ideas
  • Your doctor includes you as a full partner in your care
  • When you and your doctor cannot reach a consensus, your doctor is receptive to a second opinion
  • You follow through with the agreed-upon treatment plan.

If you would like to read the entire article, click here.

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