Cuts and Bruises – Do I Need an ER or ExpressCARE?

Eric Bean, DO

Eric Bean, DO
Emergency medicine

When you need health care, you have plenty of options. We’re here to help. This is the fourth Thursday in July we are posting a health condition and letting you know when it’s most appropriate to visit a hospital emergency room (ER), and when it’s most appropriate to visit ExpressCARE, which is open 365 days a year and offers walk-in care for common illnesses and minor injuries. In this final installment we look at cuts and bruises.

You need an ER when… “If you can’t move your arm or leg, or if you are on blood-thinners or have another underlying, serious medical condition, you need an ER,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) emergency medicine physician Eric Bean, DO.

You need ExpressCARE when… “If your cut or bruise doesn’t inhibit the movement of your arm or leg, and if you are otherwise healthy, ExpressCARE is the right place to get care,” Bean says. Read More »

Concussions – Do I Need an ER or Express CARE?

Karen Ferrey, PA-C

Karen Ferrey, PA-C
Family medicine

When you need health care, you have plenty of options. We’re here to help. Each Thursday in July we will post a health condition and let you know when it’s most appropriate to visit a hospital emergency room (ER), and when it’s most appropriate to visit ExpressCARE, which is open 365 days a year and offers walk-in care for common illnesses and minor injuries. In this week’s installment we look at concussions.

You need an ER when… “If you have lost consciousness or have other serious side-effects such as vomiting, then you need the ER,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) physician assistant Karen Ferrey, PA, with ExpressCARE at Muhlenberg Primary Care in Bethlehem.

You need ExpressCARE when… “For concussions that are caused by minor trips and falls and that do not cause you to lose consciousness it’s appropriate to seek care at ExpressCARE,” Ferrey says.

LVHN has emergency rooms in Allentown, Bethlehem and Hazleton, a Children’s ER in Allentown, and ExpressCARE in Allentown, Bangor, Bath, Bethlehem, Bethlehem Township, Hazleton, Macungie, Moselem Springs, Nazareth and Whitehall.

Chest Pain – Do I Need an ER or ExpressCARE?

Eric Bean, DO

Eric Bean, DO
Emergency medicine

When you need health care, you have plenty of options. We’re here to help. Each Thursday in July we will post a health condition and let you know when it’s most appropriate to visit a hospital emergency room (ER), and when it’s most appropriate to visit ExpressCARE, which is open 365 days a year and offers walk-in care for common illnesses and minor injuries. This week we look at chest pain.

You need an ER when….”If your chest pain is severe or disabling and accompanied by shortness of breath, those are signs of a possible heart attack,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) emergency medicine physician Eric Bean, DO. “With heart attack, time is crucial. As soon as you experience chest pain, call 911 and have an ambulance transport you to the nearest ER. Do not drive yourself.” Read More »

Fractures – Do I Need an ER or ExpressCARE?

Karen Ferrey, PA-C

Karen Ferrey, PA-C
Family medicine

When you need health care, you have plenty of options. We’re here to help. Each Thursday in July we will post a health condition and let you know when it’s most appropriate to visit a hospital emergency room (ER), and when it’s most appropriate to visit ExpressCARE, which is open 365 days a year and offers walk-in care for common illnesses and minor injuries. This week we take a look at fractures.

You need an ER when… “If your fracture is open, has created a deformity or if you can’t bear any weight on the fractured limb, then you need to go to the ER,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) physician assistant Karen Ferrey, PA, with ExpressCARE at Muhlenberg Primary Care in Bethlehem. “These serious fractures often need surgical intervention.” Read More »

High Blood Pressure and Stroke Are Connected

Jay Varrato, DO

Jay Varrato, DO
Neurology

Are you at risk for the silent killer? Many people are and don’t even know it. That’s because people with high blood pressure (hypertension) are often symptom-free. Yet even when you don’t have symptoms, you can be in real danger of having a stroke.

“There is a direct connection between high blood pressure and stroke,” says Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) neurologist Jay Varrato, DO with Lehigh Neurology. “The risk for stroke doubles with stage 1 hypertension when blood pressure readings are 140/90 or higher.”

Blood pressure is a measure of the force your blood exerts on artery walls. Systolic readings (top number) between 120-139 and diastolic readings of 80 to 89 indicate pre-hypertension. Readings of 140/90 are considered Stage 1 and are a real cause for concern. Getting your blood pressure in the safe range is important since stroke can lead to death or disability. Read More »