Have you tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 10 days and you’re in a high-risk health group for worse health complications? You may be concerned about your recovery if you have a high-risk health problem like cancer, COPD, or heart disease. If you’re eligible, monoclonal antibody (mAb) therapy may help put you on the road to swifter recovery.

What Is a Monoclonal Antibody?

Antibodies are naturally made by the body to fight off bacteria or viruses, and the body also makes the antibodies to the coronavirus. However, these naturally produced antibodies to fight the coronavirus are not highly effective. Laboratory scientists have found a way to help patients with active COVID-19 infections get a jumpstart on healing with mAb therapy. The antibodies created in the laboratory are designed to be highly effective at neutralizing this specific type of coronavirus. Treatment is generally well-tolerated, is delivered intravenously (by IV infusion) in just one dose, and only takes about one to 3 hours to administer in a comfortable outpatient setting.

How Many Types of Monoclonal Antibody Treatments Are There in the U.S.?

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19 treatment for bamlanivimab plus etesevimab, casirivimab plus imdevimab, and sotrovimab.

Who Can Get Monoclonal Antibody Treatment?

The goal of mAb is to prevent hospitalizations, reduce viral loads, and lessen symptom severity. That means specific individuals are prioritized for treatment based on their treatment urgency because they are at higher risk for more severe COVID-19 symptoms. These individuals include elderly adults, the overweight/obese, pregnant women, and people with chronic diseases such as diabetes or heart failure.

mAb treatment is available to patients who meet the following criteria:

Advance ER Offers Monoclonal Antibody Treatment in Dallas

Good scientists are eager to keep current with all developments in protecting the general population and keeping people safe from a vicious virus that preys on the most vulnerable among us. At Advance ER, we have been at the front lines helping those affected by COVID-19 since the outset of the pandemic. We provide COVID-19 treatment and mAb treatment to qualified individuals from trusted ER professionals. If you are struggling with COVID-19 symptoms, seek immediate medical attention. Our team at Advance ER can quickly test you and provide a specialized treatment plan.

For more information about COVID-19 treatments like monoclonal antibody therapy at Advance ER, call us at (214) 494-8222 or reach out online now.



The 4th of July or Independence Day is one of the most popularly celebrated national holidays in the United States. At the time of reading this blog, you or a close friend is likely planning a get-together. Before the plans get too developed, though, you should start thinking about everyone’s safety. From our team at Advance ER, we would like to share some must-know 4th of July safety tips for every celebrant.

Firework Safety

Fireworks are synonymous with the 4th of July. But they are also directly related to severe danger when mishandled. Everyone at your 4th of July party must prioritize safety whenever fireworks are in use or near.

Five firework safety tips to follow include:

  1. Only buy fireworks from a legal source. Illegal fireworks can get you in legal trouble, and there is no way to tell how they were manufactured, which could increase the risk of an unpredictable result when lit.
  2. Never allow children to use fireworks unattended. Children should only be allowed to use small fireworks, too, like sparklers.
  3. Keep an ample water source on hand when using fireworks of any kind. A garden hose, fire extinguisher, or a bucket of water can do nicely.
  4. Douse all used fireworks thoroughly to ensure they are extinguished. Even a little bit of smoldering ash can relight a firework.
  5. Never hold a firework or place it on your body if it is designed to explode. Typically, the only firework that is safe to hold is a sparkler.

COVID Safety

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is likely to see another large surge this summer, as it has in past years. The omicron strain of the virus is highly contagious, albeit, generally less likely to cause a dangerous infection. Even social gatherings outside and among vaccinated people could become an omicron “spreader” event. You should practice social distancing and mask use at any gathering with people outside of your household.

Hydration Safety

For many parts of the country, the 4th of July is marked by a hot summer day. Make sure that everyone who celebrates at your home has plenty of water to drink if they are going to be out in the sun. Dehydration from sun exposure can happen within an hour or less, so frequent drinks of cool water are a must. If someone starts complaining of fatigue or headaches, then bring them into an air-conditioned room, give them water, and monitor them closely. Call 911 if they show any signs of a heat stroke like fainting or vomiting.

Food Safety

Watch where you keep and present food for your 4th of July party. Leaving delicious meals out in the sun for too long can make them unsafe to eat. Raw meat needs to be cooked thoroughly and kept away from other types of food, too. When in doubt, toss it out! Better to throw away a plate of potentially spoiled food than to risk giving someone a bad case of food poisoning.

Driving Safety

Every major holiday in America sees an increase in drunk driving accidents and injuries, including the 4th of July. Everyone who attends your party and plans on drinking must also plan on going home with a designated driver. As the 4th of July party host, you can also consider setting up a room in your house as a guest room for the night, allowing one or a few people to sleep there, so they can drive home in the morning when they are sober.

From all of us at Advance ER in Dallas, Texas, we wish you and your family a fun and safe 4th of July. Keep these tips in mind, and we know that your holiday weekend will be the best that it can be!


How to Have a Safe Pool Day

The weather is heating up and that can only mean one thing — pool day! Whether you’re a seasoned swimmer or this is your first time in the water, it’s important for the whole family to stay safe while enjoying a day by the pool. Advance ER is here with some tips for a successful summer of safe sun, play, and relaxation.

Swim Safety

Swimming is a great way to stay active and cool off, but it’s important to be aware of the risks that come with being in the water. Make sure you or your children are taking swimming lessons so everyone knows how to swim safely. If you have small children, it is essential for them to wear life jackets or floaties at all times. It’s also important to be aware of the depth of the water and if there are any drop-offs.

Never swim alone and always stay alert when watching young ones swim.

Protect Your Skin

Wearing sunscreen is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. Be sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 before you go out into the sun — even if it’s cloudy. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if you’re swimming or sweating.


Staying hydrated is also key to a fun and safe day in the sun. Be sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day, even if you’re not thirsty. You should also avoid sugary drinks like sodas and juices, which can make you more dehydrated.

If you’re experiencing severe dehydration, come see our team at Advance ER for treatment.

Emergency Services You Can Rely on This Summer

By following these simple tips, you can enjoy a fun and safe day at the pool this summer! However, if something does go wrong, Advance ER is here to help you or your family this season. Visit us online or in person today!


Stay Healthy in the Summer Sun

Summertime is here! Soon, the kids will be out of school and the whole family is ready for a couple months of fun spent outdoors playing, swimming, and exploring. As the temps warm up and you pull out the bathing suits, it is important to keep in mind all the summertime changes and how they can affect your health.

Let us help keep your family safe this season! Read on to discover some of our tips to making the fun last while keeping everyone healthy and happy.


It is extremely common for children and adults alike to experience hydration during a hot Texas summer. As your schedule grows busier and you spend more time outdoors in the heat, possibly doing strenuous activities, be sure to stay hydrated.

Warning signs of dehydration include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Dizziness or fatigue
  • Headache
  • Infrequent or no urination
  • Dry skin
  • Thirst
  • Rapid breathing or heartbeat

Protect the whole family from these side effects by increasing your water intake while outside and incorporating water-based foods, like watermelon and cucumbers, into your diet.

If you or a family member is suffering from symptoms of dehydration, visit our team at Advance ER for emergency treatment.

Heat Stroke Prevention

When your body becomes too hot due to weather conditions or intense activity in the heat, heatstroke may occur. Different from a stroke, heatstroke symptoms appear in the form of confusion, heavy sweating, high body temperature, and hallucinations.

Hydrating, staying in the shade, and avoiding strenuous activity while in the summer heat will help reduce your risk of heatstroke. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek emergency care immediately as lack of treatment can be fatal.

Lyme Disease Prevention

Those afternoon summer walks are something to look forward to. However, as tick season heightens, you must be wary of Lyme Disease. Tick bites can easily go unnoticed at first, however the symptoms of Lyme disease are hard to ignore and include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches or stiffness
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • A rash at the site of the bite
  • Shortness of breath
  • Shooting pains
  • Muscle weakness

Untreated, infection will spread throughout your body, worsening your health. If you are experiencing these symptoms, seek emergency medical attention.

Help keep your family free of tick bites by using appropriate bug spray, wearing long pants and sleeves while hiking, and staying out of tall, grassy areas. Once you arrive home after a hike, remove all your clothing and inspect yourself for ticks. If you see one on your body, remove it immediately using tweezers and monitor your symptoms.

Skin Protection

The Dallas weather can be ruthless. While a sunburn may seem like a temporary ailment, over time repeated exposure can lead to skin cancer and other health concerns. It is essential for every member of the household to wear sunscreen all summer long. By the pool, at a baseball game, running errands — everywhere!

Give yourself an added layer of protection with a hat and extra time sitting in the shade during peak sun hours.


Taking a dip in the pool is one of the best parts of summer break, but it can also cause some accidents if you are not careful. Keep an eye on your children while they’re in the pool, never allowing them to swim alone, and encourage extra caution throughout the entire pool day. It’s also a good idea to teach little ones water safety early by signing them up for lessons or classes.

Summer Emergency Care in Dallas

Our Galleria and Park Cities locations are here to keep your family healthy 24/7, all summer long. For more information or to speak to a member of our expert staff, contact us today.


Caring for Your Health in 2022

Did you know that only about 40 percent of Americans make at least one New Year's resolution? If you aren’t sure what to add to your list, improving your health is a great place to start. Using the following tips can help prevent a medical emergency and ward off chronic and viral disease and conditions:

1. Form a Workout Routine You Like

While many people may resolve to add more exercise to their daily lifestyle, they may not actually take the time to form a routine they like. Getting your heart pumping through regular exercise can help improve your overall wellness in many ways — so finding what works for you is essential. 

Maybe that means trying some new workouts such as pilates, weight lifting, yoga or hiking — whatever helps you feel good and feel the burn!

2. Avoid Harmful Habits

Ditch habits like smoking, excessive drinking, and living a sedentary lifestyle in 2022. These habits can lead to chronic conditions such as lung cancer and heart disease — and living a sedentary lifestyle can lead to chronic orthopedic and venous issues.

3. Improve Your Diet

January is often a time where our social media are bombarded with dieting and gym advertisements. However, the key to making healthy changes is to choose whole foods and consistently add them into your diet — not subscribing to the newest fab diet. Instead, be sure to choose lean proteins, dark leafy greens, and fresh fruits. Ditch the processed foods, added sugars, and white flour. 

If you have an existing autoimmune condition, now can also be a great time to limit the foods that could cause flare-ups such as gluten.

4. See Your Doctor Regularly

Whether you have existing chronic conditions or not — it’s essential to visit your doctor regularly. Be sure to schedule your annual physical at the beginning of the year, so you’ll never forget to book it! This is also a great time to get your necessary vaccinations such as COVID-19.

5. Know Your Health History

In addition to seeing your doctor regularly, it’s important to know your medical history. This includes your personal health history and your family history. Knowing this information makes it easier for your doctor to track possible conditions.

Non-Emergent & Emergency Medical Care in Dallas

Day or night, the staff at Advance ER is standing by to provide the highest quality medical care — from routine scans to emergency treatment. We have the same services found in hospital emergency rooms and meet or exceed all emergency room requirements.

Contact us today if you are experiencing a medical emergency or have questions about treatment.




How Gratitude For Your Health Can Improve Your Health

It’s the season of giving — giving to our community and loved ones but also showing thanks for what we have. After almost two years living amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our patients have expressed that they’ve never been so thankful for their good health.


But, did you know that simply even showing thanks for your health can improve your health?

Gratitude & Physical Wellness

According to Harvard Health, positive psychology studies have shown that gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. This feeling not only helps patients feel more joy but also improves areas of their lives such as their health. Practicing gratitude can also keep anxiety and depression at bay.


This improvement in your mental wellbeing has a direct effect on your physical wellbeing: limiting aches and pains and boosting your immune system due to the release of endorphins.

Working Gratitude into Your Health Regimen

In the spirit of the season, here are some ways you can add more gratitude into your day to support your mental and physical wellbeing:


?      Keeping a daily journal.

?      Make a gratitude jar.

?      Use positive, affirming cues.

?      Try meditating or yoga.

Improving Your Health

If you’re inspired to take better care of your health this season, here are a few places to start:

Stepping Up Your Hygiene

One of the best ways to prevent illness is to stay on top of your family’s personal hygiene. This means handwashing, mask-wearing, social distancing, and keeping your home germ-free.

Take Preventative Care of Yourself

Keeping up with your physical health can help prevent a medical emergency. Although there is a debate if one should visit their doctor annually for a routine checkup or physical, the choice will be informed by age, general health, and specific health risks.


Just like brushing your teeth and scheduling your next dental cleaning, taking care of your body and scheduling recommended screenings is a vital part of your health. As you grow older, your chance of developing certain cancers increases — making regular screening essential to early detection and treatment.


Many screening recommendations are broken down by age. The following guidelines from the American Cancer Society can help you know when to be tested:

Age 25-39

Cervical cancer screenings are the main exam recommended for patients of this age group. Beginning at 25 years old, women should be checked annually.

Age 40-49

?      The following exams are recommended for patients of this age group:

?      Breast cancer screening (recommended annually at 45, optional at 40.)

?      Cervical cancer screening.

?      Colorectal cancer screening (recommended at 45.)

?      Prostate cancer screening (for African Americans starting at age 45.)

Age 50+

At age 50, the following exams are recommended annually for patients of this age group:

?      Breast cancer screening.

?      Cervical cancer screening.

?      Colorectal cancer screening.

?      Lung cancer screening (for patients who smoke.)

?      Prostate cancer.

Whether you have symptoms or not — early screening is vital. In addition to these recommendations, it’s important to perform self-checks at home, go over your family history with your primary care doctor, and go for regular visits so they can help advise you on what screenings you should have.

Lifestyle Changes

As the saying goes: Out with the old, in with the new. If you’re working on your health this season, it’s the perfect time to say goodbye to old habits that are bad for your health such as smoking.


Exercising frequently supports your health,  strengthens your body, prevents inflammation, and maintains a healthy weight. Here are some general tips to follow while working out:

?      Get at least two and a half hours of moderate aerobic physical activity each week.

?      Add strength training exercises into your exercise routine.

?      Change your routine every so often to avoid growing bored.


Your diet can have a significant impact on your health. Here are a few ways you can support a healthy diet:

?      Drink plenty of water.

?      Limit your sugar intake.

?      Avoid solid fats.

?      Eat limited amounts of red meat and processed meats.

?      Add plenty of fruits and vegetables to your plate.

?      Eat nutrient-dense foods and whole grains.

Non-Emergent & Emergency Medical Care in Dallas

Day or night, the staff at Advance ER is standing by to provide the highest quality medical care — from routine scans to emergency treatment. We have the same services found in hospital emergency rooms and meet or exceed all emergency room requirements.

Contact us today if you are experiencing a medical emergency or have questions about treatment.


Sports injuries are common, but with timely treatment and rest, including at-home recovery, you can generally avoid complications. Minor issues can be easily treated by your primary care doctor or at Urgent Care, but not all injuries fall into this category! Going to the Emergency Room can make a big difference in getting an accurate diagnosis and fitting treatment to prevent permanent damage or movement limitation. If you are suffering from a medical emergency, you should call 911 or get to your nearest ER location!

At Advance ER, we understand that some sports injuries can be more serious and require immediate attention from certified medical practitioners at an Emergency Room to ensure proper diagnosis and avoid lasting consequences. We want you to have effective help to take care of your injuries with minimal transport and waiting lines, and we offer medical care for both adults and children. Learning what symptoms and injuries to watch for is important so you may recognize when to get checked at the ER. And in case of doubt about the severity of your situation, we recommend speaking to one of our certified team members.  

Common Sports Injuries

  • Broken bones: Fractures, especially open ones where the bones protrude outside of the wound site, require immediate care to ensure proper healing. It is especially important to avoid further strain on either the broken bone or other parts of your body that may help compensate in terms of movement or stance.
  • Joint injuries: Joints are often at risk with sports injuries. Besides sharp pains, symptoms can include swelling and bruising. These injuries range from sprains to dislocations. Achilles tendon damage is also a possibility.
  • Head Injuries: Concussions and other traumatic brain injuries must be checked promptly to evaluate their severity. If you are experiencing a severe headache, dizziness, double vision, or loss of consciousness, you should go to the ER.
  • Uncontrolled or persistent bleeding
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Extreme back pain
  • Sharp abdominal pain
  • Chest pain
  • Exhaustion
  • Seizure

Other Symptoms to Watch For

Why Go to the ER Instead of Urgent Care

Limited Waiting Time

Timely care is crucial when it comes to severe injuries, and we want to make sure you don’t suffer avoidable complications and lasting effects. This is why we encourage you to call 911 or safely go to the nearest ER if you believe your sports injury is severe. Please stay safe and don’t drive yourself to the ER.

At Advance ER, one of our medical experts will diagnose and treat you as soon as possible, with minimal waiting time. We serve Galleria Area, Park Cities, and the surrounding North Dallas neighborhoods. Our 24/7 service includes available professionals ready to answer your calls to discuss your symptoms.


Most Urgent Care facilities operate like walk-in clinics and only have physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, and/or medical assistants on staff. They generally don’t have specialists on location or on call, which can delay appropriate care.  Seeing a specialist can make a huge difference in addressing your injury and allow you to receive more efficient care. A specialist can provide a more accurate diagnosis and help you recover better and quicker.

At Advance ER, our board-certified general medicine experts collaborate with our SPECIALIST NOW™ team. Our on-call specialists are available to jump on conference consultations to offer you medical guidance in a matter of minutes. Whether you need a diagnosis from a cardiologist, an ophthalmologist, a neurologist, or a pediatrician, our SPECIALIST NOW™ feature means you can get a consultation at any of our locations. We offer this service to our patients at no additional office charge.

On-Site Services

While some Urgent Care facilities provide laboratories and diagnostic imaging tests (Ultrasounds, CT scans, X-Rays), this is not a guarantee. In case of severe symptoms and life-threatening injuries, you need to be at an ER where you have access to these resources. At Advance ER, our patients’ wellbeing and recovery are our priorities, which is why we invest in highly qualified personnel and cutting-edge technology.

Our on-site equipment helps you avoid delay in getting the appropriate screenings for your injuries. These non-invasive tools provide our medical team with accurate and detailed information to inform their diagnosis and take the best possible care of you. In addition to our imagery and laboratory services, we also have on-site pharmacies so you can get your prescription when you’re discharged without having to make an extra stop on your way home.

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Prevent Drowning: 11 Water Safety Tips for Kids

In this guide, discover top tips for water safety for kids. Prevent drowning hazards with these rules.
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A kid's safety is always the number one priority to every parent, especially when around water. Numerous studies have shown that many kids who drown are always a few yards away from the nearest safety ground. 

A kid drowning is a parent's biggest fear, especially if the accident could be avoided. It's not only a swimming pool or at the beach that exposes your child or toddler to this kind of risk. A child can also drown and perish through other neglected water sources like ponds and even your bathtub at home! 

Listed below are some of the ways that you can consider implementing to avoid such accidents to your child.
1. Be Present

A parent's presence is one of the best ways to go about it. Children are known to be very enterprising and cheeky at the same time. For this reason, it's advisable for you to be physically present so you can monitor your child's every move. 

Your supervision might prove to be essential as most kids tend to behave in the right manner once they know a parent is around.

Never let your kid visit such places unaccompanied. Your guidance is key.
2. Close Toilet Lids

This is a crucial thing to do. It comes as a perfect way to control toddlers who are usually very agile at that stage. Most parents tend to ignore the fact leaving toilet lids open is very dangerous to young kids. 

You can also ensure their safety by always locking the door or having the doorknob installed at a distance too high for the kid.
3. Empty Containers After Use 

This precaution is just as plain as it sounds. Don’t leave containers with water after concluding its intended purpose. Your kid might be playing around and accidentally trip and fall into it while you're not around. 

Accompany your child to the bathroom if he or she is too young to use the tub correctly. Make sure you drain the water after they are done taking a bath.

These containers amount to tubs, kiddie pools, and buckets. It's advisable to place the containers upside down while not in use.
4. Remove Toys from the Pool 

Toys remaining at the pool is another significant cause for a lot of kids drowning. Kids usually try to retrieve the toys on their own later on when its play time. 

It might turn out to be a horrific ordeal if a parent is not available to pick it up for him or her. It's advisable to collect all the toys and get them off the pool immediately after swimming to avoid such instances.
5. Introduce Barriers to Entry

A lot of people find fencing as one of the best ways to prevent drowning. Install a fence around the pool that will isolate it from the rest of the house or the yard. The wall should be of the appropriate height to keep the children from climbing and gaining access to the pool. 

A gate should also be put in place and continuously locked if a senior figure is not around to supervise the session. Once this is implemented, it gives the parent more time to work on how to avail themselves when their children are in the pool.
6. Enroll Your Kids for Swimming Classes

Kids not knowing how to swim is a major cause of drowning. Most kids usually join their peers in the pool or at the beach despite them lacking swimming skills. It’s a very dangerous dare as one can drown in the shallowest waters.

It is therefore advisable for parents to enlist their kids for swimming classes. Not only will learning how to swim make them better swimmers but also their confidence will be increased. They will be able to handle themselves well during an emergency without panicking.
7. Check Property for Ditches to Avoid Drowning 

Ditches might be left behind after construction work has been completed. It is, therefore, essential for you to regularly check the property for them. The utility holes may be filled with water once it rains, and this may be catastrophic to your child. 

Other water dangers in the property might be ponds.
8. Educate Your Child on Safety Precautions 

Educating your child on the various safety measures to consider is another excellent way to prevent drowning. Information your kid of the dangers of unethical practices while in the pool is essential. 

Give them information like pushing their peers around while in the water is not good. Encourage them to enter the water using their feet first rather than diving.

They will be able to know the depth of the water hence preventing accidents by it being too deep or too shallow.
9. Wear Life Jackets While on a boat 

Wearing life jackets should be a necessity while having fun in the water. The teacher or guardian should also make sure that no kid is sitting near the edge of the boat to avoid toppling over.

Life jackets have come in handy, especially to the lot that doesn’t know how to swim. The supervisor should ensure every child has a safety jacket before they set out.
10. Don't Rely on Floaters 

As much as a variety of floaters are very important to beginners or those who don’t know how to swim, they can't be fully trusted.

It is mainly because a tube or water wings can rapture while your child is in the water.

It is why swimming pools should have experienced lifesavers to avoid such events to cause mortality. Avoid water resources that don’t have lifesavers.
11. Invest in Learning Basic Water Rescue 

Learning necessary water rescue is an equivalent of taking first aid classes that involve water emergency.

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation is one of the most important things you should learn how to do. It enables one to revive someone through measurable chest compressions and artificial ventilation. 

Learn the various first aid measures you can take in case of an emergency.
Bottom Line

The water environment poses a lot of risks to kids. The safety measures above will, however, help understand some of the best ways to prevent your child from drowning.

Keep browsing our website for insightful information on quality emergency medical care services.
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It's time to get in the holiday spirit!

GET CREATIVE and enter your child's coloring page for a chance to win a Gift Card to Learning Express Toys! Ages 3-15 can participate. You can pick up a coloring page from the front desk at one of our Advance ER locations at any time.

5201 W Lovers Ln, Dallas, TX 75209 or 12338 Inwood Rd, Dallas, TX 75244

*Deadline to turn in: December 21st Winner will be announced the morning of December 22nd, 2018

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Everyone loves February with its abundance of hearts, candies and good feelings. But a growing number of people – beyond the medical field – are recognizing it as heart health month. Understanding the workings of the cardiovascular system could mean the difference between life and death.

“Heart attacks manifest in different ways for different people,” said Advance ER physician Dr. Brian King. “That’s why it’s important to know all the symptoms in case only one or two are present and the patient doesn’t show the classic symptom of crushing chest pain.”

To help you better understand heart attacks, or myocardial infarction, Advance ER has put together these tips to help you spot a problem and know what to do next.

Here are 6 warning signs of a heart attack you shouldn’t ignore:

  1. Chest discomfort – any kind of pressure, pain, squeezing, fullness or discomfort felt in the chest that lasts or that comes and goes.
  2. Discomfort in other areas – any pain or discomfort in one or both arms, neck, back, shoulders, stomach or jaw.
  3. Shortness of breath – accompanying discomfort or by itself.
  4. Nausea
  5. Lightheadedness
  6. Cold sweat

What should I do first if I suspect a heart episode is occurring?

Act fast. It’s better to find out later you were wrong than to wait too long, allowing damage to occur to the heart.

Call 911 immediately. An EMS responder can begin helping you right away. If you are close to Advance ER, go there immediately. Every minute counts.

What are the top tips for preventing a heart attack?

Exercise remains at the top of the list of preventative measures. “If you are at work all week, getting enough exercise can be a real challenge,” said Dr. King. “Try discussing with your boss possible ways that you and your coworkers can add exercise to the workday.” According to Forbes, a more active staff is a more productive staff.

  • Walking meetings – have your committee walk and talk, rather than sit in a meeting room.
  • Walking lunches – get a buddy or earbuds and take a brisk walk during lunch break. Don’t forget to switch into supportive shoes.
  • Fitness campaigns – partner with your company medical provider for a great fitness campaign with personal goals and prizes for achievements.
  • Gym memberships – research group memberships to the gym to be given as a benefit.
  • Office exercises – have a personal trainer come in and demonstrate simple and fast stretches and resistance exercises that can be done inconspicuously in offices or cubicles.
  • Timeless tricks – take the stairs rather than the elevator, park farther away, ride your bike to work – whatever you can do to add steps and exercise to your workday.

Other than exercise, eating a healthy diet is another key preventative step to take. Five fruits and vegetables a day and 6 glasses of water is the minimum goal. Visit your physician for a heart check-up, especially if you have a family history of heart problems or if you have high blood pressure, diabetes or obesity. If you are overweight, talk to your physician about a healthy weight loss plan. These are all positive ways to protect the health of your heart.

Where can I get fast help with no waiting?

Advance ER has pioneered No Wait service that puts the needs of our patients first. A board-certified physician is available to help you immediately and a cardiologist is available* for a consultation through our unique SPECIALIST NOWTM program.

For more information, call Park Cities at (214) 915-0428 or Galleria Area at (214) 238-6270.

* Access to specialists through Advance ER’s SPECIALIST NOWSM program is contingent on the specialist’s availability.


Meet Dr. Brian King:

Brian King, M.D., is board-certified in emergency medicine and has two decades of experience in treating acute and minor medical conditions. Dr. King received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, TX. He completed his residency in emergency medicine at Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC.

With a focus on open communication, Dr. King believes in taking the time to listen to his patients to formulate a personalized treatment plan. Dr. King is an active member of the Dallas community and enjoys time spent outdoors and with his family.