House Calls

SUM 2018

House Calls Magazine is a quarterly publication that focuses on health and wellness. It includes a wide assortment of articles with topics on the latest health and wellness information, nutrition, safety, lifestyles, and more.

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36 { summer 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s FIND YOUR CLOSEST EXPRESS CARE Roper St. Francis Healthcare offers four Express Care locations throughout the Tri-County area. No appointment is needed to visit the centers, which are open Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. (they are closed on Christmas, New Year's Day, Easter, and Thanksgiving). Use this map to pinpoint the facility nearest you, and for more information, call (843) 402-LATE (5283). 8901 University Blvd. (near Wannamaker Park) North Charleston 4278 Ladson Rd. Summerville 1114 North Main St. (Near Walgreens) Summerville 319 Folly Rd. James Island or come on suddenly," says Dr. Detar. In many cases the threat is obvious. But the warning signs of two major emergencies—stroke and heart attack—aren't always easy to spot. "If you begin to have trouble speaking or notice vision loss, dizziness, or one side of the body becoming numb or weak compared to the other, that could be stroke," says Dr. Detar. Heart attacks may cause discomfort in the chest, back, neck, jaw, stomach, and/or in one or both arms; you may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, light-headedness, or break out in a cold sweat. "If you experience any of these signs, call 911 immediately," urges Dr. Detar. "We say, 'Time is tissue,' because every moment without treatment causes further damage." As you would when visiting any medical office, bring your insurance card to Express Care. Be prepared to fill out admission paperwork, listing any allergies and previous medical procedures or surgeries, as well as the medications you take—including over-the-counter meds, vitamins, and supplements. "Always be honest and thorough, because the decisions we make about your care are based on the information you share," reminds Dr. Detar. By the time your paperwork is complete, chances are you'll be heading back to an exam room. Depending on the severity of your condition and availability of providers on duty, you'll be evaluated by a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant. Many matters are resolved then and there: Antibiotics may be prescribed for an infection or steroids for a painful case of poison ivy. However, a follow-up visit is sometimes necessary. "If you have a fractured ankle, for instance, we'll fit you with a splint to keep the injury from moving and give you crutches. Then we'll direct you to your primary care physician or refer you to a specialist who can take the next step in care," Dr. Detar explains. While follow-ups occasionally take place at Express Care when a patient can't be seen elsewhere, "Our goal is to get folks back to their primary care provider," says Dr. Detar. "If they don't have one, we work to establish them with one, because there's no replacing an ongoing relationship between doctor and patient." WHAT TO EXPECT AT EXPRESS CARE Roper St. Francis Healthcare's James Island location P H O T O G R A P H B Y A M Y S U L L I V A N

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