What Should I Do If I've Been Bitten By An Animal?

If you have lived in the area long enough then you know that The Hill Country has its fair share of wildlife. There are many things to consider after an animal bite. For one, you may be in complete shock that your dog of 10 years actually drew blood on you. Dogs, cats, and other furry creatures are animals and will bite if they are provoked or even unprovoked. Here are some basic things to consider if you or a loved one gets bitten by an animal. Rabies status: If you have a domesticated animal that has known rabies documentation, you have nothing to worry about with regards to contracting rabies. Rabies is a concern if there is no documentation. If the animal was provoked, there is a

Employers...Learn How DPC Can Help Your Business Grow In A Very Healthy Way!

FAQ – DPC for Employers What is DPC? It’s an awesome new & innovative way to visit with your family doctor! DPC is a healthcare model designed to empower the doctor/patient relationship which is the key to achieving superior health outcomes, lower costs and an enhanced patient experience. DPC provides affordable, comprehensive, accessible and personalized healthcare by having a “direct” and meaningful relationship with your family doctor. Working with DirectMed, patient/doctor interaction is encouraged and unlimited. This is the way that Dr. Ikbal helps to optimize the long term health of her patients. How can DPC benefit my company? There are so many ways! DPC offers direct, high qua

Valentine's Day Heart Ache!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. It claims the lives of more people than all forms of cancer combined. In the US, one person every 90 seconds dies from heart disease. Each and every one of us has been either directly or indirectly affected by heart disease. Whether it is a personal medical condition or has claimed the life of a family member, heart disease is a chronic condition that is too close for comfort. Men and women are affected but can present with very different symptoms. The classic “chest pressure” is more commonly seen in men. Women, however, may have vague, nonspecific symptoms such as abdominal pain or neck pain. Early di

What Is Vitamin D & Why Is It So Important To Keeping Me Healthy?

Since Vitamin D is not readily available in many food sources other than fish and fortified foods like milk and cereal, we need exposure to the sun to synthesize the fat-soluble vitamin through our skin. How much time do we need in the sun every day? And how is it that I still have a low Vitamin D level despite my daily sun exposure? People that may have higher risk of low Vitamin D levels include the elderly, hospitalized patients, patients with gastrointestinal disorders, kidney disease or those taking certain pharmaceutical drugs such as medications to treat seizure disorders. Decreased consumption in foods fortified with Vitamin D, decreased exposure to sunlight and patients who hav

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