Last updated 10 months ago
When it comes to your health, compromise is out of the question. At Memorial Clinical Associates in Houston, our team of doctors, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners are dedicated to delivering the highest possible quality of care. We’re here for everything from preventative care to disease management for your entire family.
At Memorial Clinical Associates, we can meet all of your primary care needs in one location. In addition to our board-certified family medicine specialists and internists, we also have pulmonary specialists and dermatologists on our staff. There is always an on-call doctor available for all of your after-hours medical emergencies. We accept most insurance plans and will file claims on your behalf. Thanks to our on-site research and clinical trials department, we can offer cutting-edge care to all of our patients.
Your primary care doctor is your partner in good health for life. Choose Memorial Clinical Associates for your healthcare needs. Our Houston clinic is convenient to the Memorial, Katy, and Spring Branch communities. Set up an appointment today by calling (713) 469-3259 and discover the Memorial Clinical Associates difference.
Last updated 10 months ago
Over five million Americans suffer from chronic non-healing wounds that do not heal after six to eight weeks of normal care. Without treatment from a physician, non-healing wounds put you at increased risk for infection and even loss of limb. Non-healing wounds may be due to many factors, ranging from underlying medical conditions to certain lifestyle habits such as smoking.
Diabetes is a common cause of non-healing wounds. Up to 15% of those with diabetes develop diabetic ulcers on the skin of the feet. These ulcers are slow or non-responsive to the healing process because diabetes often hinders the body’s natural wound healing process. If you have diabetes and discover an ulcer on your skin, consult your physician for treatment if it does not improve in a few weeks.
Cardiovascular or Blood Disorders
The cardiovascular system plays an important role in the wound healing process. Conditions that affect either your circulation or your blood’s properties can interfere with healing and result in chronic non-healing wounds. These conditions include sickle cell anemia, clotting disorders, arteriosclerosis, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol levels. If your physician has prescribed medication that affects the clotting properties of your blood, such as blood thinners, you may also be at risk for non-healing wounds.
Inflammation plays a vital role during the healing of a wound. Chronic inflammatory diseases such as lupus, scleroderma, and vasculitis affect the immune system and can affect the onset or duration of inflammation, causing the healing process to stall. If you suffer from an inflammatory condition, keep track of any wounds and their progress and contact a doctor if you think a wound is not healing.
While the healing process is quite robust, sometimes your body needs the aid of a physician. The comprehensive wound care team at Memorial Clinical Associates can help—call us at (713) 407-3067 to schedule your visit. You can learn more about our full-service primary health care clinic, serving Memorial, Katy, and Spring Branch, by browsing through our website.
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Stroke is a potentially life-threatening condition that hinders the proper flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. Because brain damage due to lack of oxygen can occur in just minutes, doctors must attend to the factors causing a patient’s stroke as quickly as possible. In some cases, stroke is caused by a ruptured blood vessel in the brain that causes a hemorrhage. Under other circumstances, the brain does not receive the oxygen it needs as the result of a blocked artery. This latter condition, called an ischemic stroke, can be addressed with one or more of the following treatment options:
If a patient has a significant arterial blockage that cannot be remedied with conservative measures, a doctor may decide to perform surgery to eliminate the problem. One method of surgically removing a blockage is angioplasty. This procedure introduces into the affected artery a small balloon, which is inflated to open it. A carotid endarterectomy, whereby a surgeon manually removes the blockage in the artery that lines the neck, is an alternate treatment option for some stroke victims.
Certain stroke sufferers may be given anti-clotting medications that are injected into the body. These drugs can locate the arterial blockage and break it up, allowing normal blood flow and oxygen transport to resume. Because these anti-clotting injections take time to effectively remove the arterial blockage, they may not be suitable for individuals whose stroke symptoms have been apparent for five hours or more.
In some cases, stroke victims may require only oral medications to alleviate their condition. Like anti-clotting injections, oral drugs can dissolve the area of blockage in the bloodstream and restore normal flow once more. Aspirin, a common over-the-counter pain relief drug, is a medication often given to stroke sufferers because of its anti-clotting properties.
Memorial Clinical Associates provides swift stroke care for patients in the greater Houston area. Key to receiving effective treatment for stroke is seeking help as soon as symptoms present. For more information on how to detect the warning signs of stroke, call (713) 407-3067.
Last updated 11 months ago
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes cessations in breathing throughout the night. Your brain, sensing the lack of air, wakes you to prompt breathing once more. This cycle may occur hundreds of times each night, resulting in poor quality sleep that affects other aspects of your health. If you suspect you could have sleep apnea, schedule a visit with your doctor.
Sleep apnea and other sleep disorders disrupt the natural and healthy sleep cycle. A lack of sufficient, uninterrupted sleep leads to fatigue during the day. Sleepiness affects your ability to remain alert and slows your reaction times, which can be dangerous if you are driving or operating machinery. You may also have trouble remembering new information or leaning new tasks, which can affect performance at work or school. Tiredness also leads to irritability and depression, which affect your mood and your social interactions.
Untreated sleep apnea puts excess strain on your heart and cardiovascular system because the levels of oxygen in your blood fluctuate all night long. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you are more likely to develop high blood pressure. You are also more likely to suffer a stroke, even if you have no other risk factors. Those with existing heart conditions are at risk for serious complications if sleep apnea goes untreated. Constant stress on your heart increases your risk of congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation.
Strain at Home
Sleep apnea is frequently associated with loud snoring, gasping, or choking at night. These sounds can wake a bed partner or those sleeping in other rooms. Even if you are not aware of it, you may be interrupting the sleep of your family or friends, causing stress in your relationships at home.
Sleep apnea can be diagnosed through a sleep study and treated with a variety of options. Call Memorial Clinical Associates at (713) 407-3067 to find out more about identifying and treating sleep disorders in Houston. You can find more information about our qualified and dedicated physicians on our website.
Last updated 11 months ago
Diabetic ulcers are a common complication of diabetes. These ulcers appear as wounds or sores on the skin of the legs and feet that do not heal normally with time. An ulcer may or may not cause pain, but these wounds often cause swelling and itching or burning sensations. You may also observe changes in the skin around an ulcer, such as a rash, dry skin, or red or brown discoloration. Ulcers may be found below the knee and at the pressure points on your feet where they rub against your shoes. Other common locations for diabetic ulcers include your heels and the bottoms, sides, and tops of the toes. If you experience an ulcer that does not appear to be healing, schedule an appointment with your primary care physician for evaluation. Ulcers that are not treated can lead to infection or illness with serious complications.
Memorial Clinical Associates offers diabetic care in Houston, Memorial, Spring Branch, and Katy. You can contact our full-service clinic by calling (713) 407-3067. Check out our informative blog for more important diabetes and wound care information.