Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Can Exercise Ease Menopause?

There comes a time when every woman begins to undergo the big change. That’s right, we’re talking about menopause. And if you’re a woman who has gone 12 months in a row without a period, chances are you’ve reached the mark for menopause. During the course of menopause, your body will undergo many changes with varying symptoms. Many women experience weight gain, changes in mood, hot flashes and an increased risk of osteoporosis.

Although the symptoms of menopause can’t be avoided, there are lifestyle changes that can help ease the transition process. By exercising regularly, women can reduce the effects of menopause and improve their overall health. Exercise during menopause can provide the following benefits:

Improved mood. To combat mood swings, make an effort to exercise, which increases levels of mood-boosting chemicals in your body. These chemicals, called endorphins, are released in the brain providing improved mood that lasts for several hours. Sunlight is also known to raise your endorphin levels, too. For a double dose of endorphins, try going for a walk outdoors, ride your bike on a local trail or make a splash at your community pool.

Lower stress levels. Undergoing stress can aggravate and trigger hot flashes for menopausal women. It can also lead to symptoms of depression and anxiety. Reduce your stress by engaging in activities such as yoga or meditation. Through relaxation methods and exercise, you can reduce stress in your life and decrease bothersome effects associated with menopause.

An energy boost. Staying active not only helps you relax, it also gives you more energy. Aerobic activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, biking or dancing will give you a boost of energy by moving oxygen throughout the body. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthy women should aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week. These activities can also give you a boost in sex drive as some menopausal women begin to experience a dip in their interest for sex.

Improve & maintain bone density. To prevent chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, it is important to maintain healthy levels of bone density. Weight-bearing activities such as walking and jogging can help maintain and increase bone mass while keeping your muscles strong. You can also start strength training at home as a great way to maintain bone density, as well as support heart health.

Expert health care for every stage of life. Menopause can be an overwhelming and stressful transition for many women. But it’s important to remember that there are simple techniques that help to ease the symptoms of menopause and support overall health and wellness. 

However, because menopause can vary from woman to woman, it’s important to work with your primary care provider to find relief for your symptoms. With experienced, compassionate providers, Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Care offers the support and care you need to successfully navigate your health at every age. 

Monday, May 29, 2017

Have You Been Cleaning All Wrong?

Which Cleaner Do I Need?

How many times have you asked yourself this question as you walk up and down the aisle at the store…which cleaner do I need? There is no denying that choosing the right household cleaner can be a tricky task. Choosing a cleaner that satisfies your cleaning needs is essential to keep you and your family happy and healthy. Keep in mind, though, that not all cleaners are created equal and they do not all clean the same way.

 What Does “Kills 99.9% of germs” Really Mean?

Although there is some truth to this statement, the popular implication of a near-perfect clean is not always as advertised. The one-product-cleans-all approach is no guarantee that you’ll eliminate all the germs you’re after. Instead, take control of your clean by spending an extra minute to actually read the label on the product. By law, disinfectants are required to list the microorganisms they have been tested for and found effective against; so knowing what you are trying to eliminate will be useful.

Potential Pathogen Playgrounds

Once you have identified the right cleaner for the job there are spots in your home you may want to focus on. As you know, cleaning every inch of your home just isn’t doable. To further decrease health risks here are some commonly missed spots in the home to pay special attention to:

·         Phones (cell and landline)
·         TV remotes and gaming controllers
·         Bathroom mirrors
·         Faucet handles
·         Computer keyboards
·         Stair banisters and handrails

Household Cleaners Aren’t Perfect

Being aware of germ hideouts in your home and available products for microbe management can make a major impact, but neither can promise an illness-free environment. 

When it comes to health care for everyone in your home, don’t compromise. With ChoiceOne Urgent Care, a partner of Gwinnett Medical Center, you don’t have to. You can receive convenient, personalized and comprehensive care for whoever catches the bug. Whether it’s a fever, a stomach ache or even the flu, the dedicated team at ChoiceOne Urgent Care will ensure that you receive thorough care from the moment you walk through the door.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

ALCOHOL - GOOD OR BAD?

After a busy day, meeting friends for a drink is great fun and good for you, drinking too much is bad! According to the US Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005, females can have up to 1 drink per day, men can have up to 2 drinks per day.

ONE ALCOHOL SERVING and CALORIES
1 bottle (12 oz.) beer - 5% alcohol 135 - 150
1 bottle “light” beer - 4% alcohol 100
1 bottle “extra light” beer - 2% alcohol 60
1 glass wine (5 oz.), 11% alcohol 100
1 shot (1 1/2 oz.) liquor - rye, gin, rum or scotch 100
Gin and tonic (7 1/2 oz. cocktail) 170
Liqueurs (1 1/2 oz.) 185

ALCOHOL THE BAD

Studies indicate that alcohol abuse causes approximately 10% of cancer deaths. We also know the distressing results of drinking and driving, and drinking and family violence. However, there are diet-related reasons to limit alcohol intake:

• FOR WEIGHT LOSS 

1. Alcohol is high in calories - alcohol supplies seven calories per gram and no other nutrients. 
2. Alcohol blocks the ability to burn fat for energy, resulting in 30% less energy coming from fat. Delays in burning fat in our bodies are not a good idea.
3. Watch alcohol quantity - an “extra light” beer contains 2% alcohol, that is, 3% less than regular beer. Switch from beer to “extra light” beer, but do not increase quantities.
4. Alcohol is usually accompanied by fat snacks - the food served with drinks often consists of ribs, chicken wings, nachos and chips - fat fixes!

• FOR WILLPOWER

Alcohol decreases willpower: “I used to find that I could eat healthy all day, but in the evening I blew my diet by drinking too much wine and then overeating. Now I drink sodas for most of the evening or alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. I enjoy myself much more because I’m in control.” 

Drink water when you’re thirsty, and alcohol for the taste. This way you will enjoy your drinks more. 

• FOR THIRST 

When drinking alcohol, drink more water, especially before going to bed. Although alcohol makes you fall asleep quickly, you’ll wake up in the night feeling thirsty and restless. Cut back and sleep well.

• FOR FINANCIAL REASONS

Alcohol is expensive. If you’re on a budget, cut back on this beverage. Don’t make the excuse that fruits and vegetables are expensive this season, and then choose alcohol regularly. Get things into perspective.

ALCOHOL THE GOOD

• “I HEAR ALCOHOL IS GOOD FOR HEART DISEASE”

The French have a low incidence of heart disease yet eat heart-attack producing saturated fats from cream, butter and beef, and they smoke. Why? Perhaps it’s because they eat small portions, maintain a healthy body weight and walk a lot. Or is it because they drink red wine?

If red wine is the answer, the amount of red wine consumed with meals should be one to two glasses per day. This doesn’t mean you should start drinking wine if you’re not a drinker, or increasing your red wine intake if you are.

• FOR SOCIALIZING - FUN!

“Please don’t take away my occasional glass of wine.” - a plea from Vanessa. She doesn’t consider herself a drinker, but likes to have one or two glasses of wine socially. She wanted to know if she does have wine, which foods should she eliminate.

I told Vanessa to keep track of her alcohol intake. If it is indeed only the amount that she remembers, then it’s fine. Drinking alcohol on occasion does not mean eliminating other foods. It is important to form habits that you can live with, not restrict yourself and decrease your quality of life,


DRINKING RULES
1. Drink water when thirsty. 
2. Sip alcoholic drinks slowly. 
3. Dilute your drinks with club or diet soda. 
4. If you don’t feel like an alcoholic drink, have an orange or tomato juice, tonic water or club soda. 
5. Drink what you want to drink, not what is expected of you. 
6. Limit your alcohol intake to one or two servings and save money!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Delivering Your Baby: Fact vs. Fiction

The time has finally come. After 9 months of anticipation and excitement as you waited to deliveryour little bundle of joy. And while you’ve done the research and prepared yourself for this magical moment, it’s nearly impossible to plan for everything you’ll encounter once it’s actually time to deliveryour baby.

From horror stories, to unbelievably serene childbirths, expecting moms hear it all. With so much information out there, whether its books written by experts or the personal experiences of friends and family, it can be difficult to know what childbirth is actually like.

The bottom line is, even with so many helpful resources out there, not everything you’ve heard about delivering a baby is true. So to help you navigate this life-changing experience, let’s take a closer look at and debunk some of the most common delivery myths to ease your pre-baby mind.

You can induce labor on your own.

Fiction. Between bumpy car rides, eating spicy food and drinking castor oil, there are number of home remedies that promise to help kick-start labor. Unfortunately, medical experts believe that there just isn’t enough proof that these techniques actually work.

Fact. The good news is that while some of these labor-inducingstrategies may not be all they’re cracked up to be, there are other techniques that medical professionals find more effective. For example, nipple stimulation and sex can release the hormone oxytocin, which stimulates contractions.

Your water will break before you go into labor.

Fiction. Maybe it’s because of all the dramatic TV and movie portrayals, but many expecting moms believe that their water will break naturally with a large gush of water.

Fact. The truth is, only about 10 percent of expecting moms will have their water break spontaneously. For the other 90 percent, it’s a doctor who will break their water, sometimes after they’re already experiencing contractions. On top of that, when your water breaks, you’ll notice a slight trickle, nothing near a waterfall.

It’s good to have birthing hips.

Fiction. You’ve likely heard the old adage that having good childbearing hips makes for an easier vaginal delivery; however, there isn’t necessarily any proof. At one point, it was believed that for some women, especially petite women, childbirth would be more difficult because of their small size.

Fact.While a wider pelvis may help with delivery, there isn’t necessarily a connection to your body shape or your external size. The only way to know the width of your pelvis is with the help of your obstetrician.

Your labor will be just like your mom’s.

Fiction. Depending on your mom’s experience, you may be hopeful that your experience is just like hers. However, with so many factors that can impact your pregnancy and your delivery, some genetic and some not, it’s impossible to say whether or not it will be like your mom’s.

Fact. However, there are some aspects of pregnancy, like the shape of your pelvis and your likelihood of developing conditions like preeclampsia that are the result of genetics. So, in this case, if your mom had it, you’re much more likely to.

Your second delivery experience will be easier.

Fiction. It has been said that after one vaginal delivery, the following deliveries will be shorter and easier.

Fact. Oftentimes, the first delivery experience is the longest and hardest, but this is not always the case, especially if there is long amount of time in between pregnancies. Furthermore, just because you’ve delivered vaginally before doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t have a cesarean section in the future.

Your birth plan will go exactly as designed.

Fiction. Nearly every expecting mom has thought through her birth plan: thinking about all the possible options, making decisions and envisioning the perfect delivery experience. For some expecting moms, they see their birth plan as the best and only way to deliver their baby.

Fact. There is no doubt that it is incredibly important to think about your preferences and vision for your ideal delivery experience. However, many experts recommend preparing a birth strategy instead of a birth plan so in the event that something unexpected happens, you aren’t discouraged.

At GMC’s Gwinnett Women’s Pavilion, you’ll receive customized care and support during every step of the delivery experience. GWP's compassionate and dedicated team of specialists will work to follow your birth plan and fulfill the unique health needs of your family.

As a baby-friendly facility, you will enjoy a supportive breastfeeding environment, rooming-in with your baby and many other servicesand resourcesto promote the healthiest start possible for your newest relationship. 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

8 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Doctor's Appointment

While many people may not realize it, your relationship with your primary care provideris one of the most important for your overall health. You should be able to trust your primary care provider with your most private health issues and concerns, and you should feel certain he or she is your partner in good health.

Because your primary care provideris the health expert that knows you best, it’s essential to find the right one for you. This doesn’t just mean finding a provider that accepts your insurance; instead, you should consider additional qualities, like their specialty, their experience and your comfort level with them.

How to find Dr. Right

Look for a health care provider when you're healthy. If you aren’t feeling well, you won't have the time or energy to carefully gather information about the qualifications or qualities of a new health care provider.

Consider what’s important to you. Don’t be shy about asking questions related to your care, including things like:

How can I reach you in an emergency?

Do you have flexible scheduling like same-day or walk-in appointments?

Will you or a nurse answer routine questions over the phone?

Who gives care for your patients in your absence?

What is your specialty?

You’ve found Dr. Right, now what?

Finding the right primary care provideris the first step toward lasting health. But it shouldn’t stop there. While you’re primary care providermay have the medical expertise, you and your family are an important part of the health care team. When you are actively involvedin your care, you’re ensuring the best health outcomes possible.

Here are 8 easy ways to be actively involvedduring your next appointment:

Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Not only is it important for you to address any concerns you may have, but many providers want you to ask questions. 

Take notes. Before you got to your appointment, write down any questions or concerns you want to address at your appointment so you don’t forget. Also, if your provider offers information, make sure to write it down so you can remember it.

Ask for helpful resources. Nearly everyone is guilty of using WebMD at least once or twice, but when you’re in need of reliable health information, where should you search? Your provider can make suggestions of books, websites or other sources that are credible and helpful.

Make sure you understand. There is no doubt that health can be complicated and confusing. If something your provider is explaining doesn’t make sense, make sure to speak up and ask for clarification.

Don’t be shy. Don’t be afraid to mention any health concerns that you may have. By noting any irregularities that you’re experiencing, you will be able to identify and treat health conditions more quickly and effectively.

Don’t leave your history a mystery. It’s important to be open and honest about your health history and health concerns. Not only does your health history help to identify potential health risks, it also helps your provider determine your unique health needs moving forward.

You don’t have to go alone. Taking your spouse, a significant other, a relative or friend with you can be helpful. By having someone with you, they can help to remember questions and concerns, provide support and serve as a second set of ears for important health information.

Make sure your healthcare providers stay connected. In addition to your primary care provider, you will likely work with other specialists to address your various health needs. Make sure that your providers work together to stay up-to-date on all of your health information and needs.

Your journey to good health begins with Gwinnett Medical Group Primary Care.
With experienced and knowledgeable providers, as well as the latest in care and treatment options, GMG Primary Careoffers customized care tailored to suit your unique health care needs. As a part of the Gwinnett Medical Center family, GMG Primary Careserves as a gateway connecting you with an extensive array of resources and the area’s top specialists.


Monday, May 22, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

Is This PMS Symptom Normal?

For a lot of women, the only thing more miserable than having their period is having the bloating, cramping, mood swings, back pain and pure exhaustion that often accompany it. In addition to being uncomfortable, premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, can be downright stressful and confusing when you don’t fully understand your body’s symptoms.

Because PMS varies month by month and woman by woman, how do you actually know what’s normal? On top of that, could some of your symptoms be an indication of other health conditions? GMC’s Women’s Health Navigator, Sheila Warren, RN, shares her expertise on what some of the most common PMS symptoms, and what symptoms may be cause for concern. 

Spotting PMS Symptoms: Normal vs. Abnormal

Acne. During menstruation, estrogen levels decrease while progesterone levels increase which ramps up your body’s production of sebum, an oily substance on your skin. While menstruation may increase the likelihood of acne, once your hormone levels balance out again, your acne should decrease.

When it’s something more. If you’re battling acne that persists beyond that time of month, it may be due to another health condition, like polycystic ovarian syndrome. PCOS is a surprisingly common condition that is characterized as an excess of androgens, which are known to cause acne.

Upset stomach, bloating or constipation. With a change in hormones during your menstrual cycle comes increased fluid retention. When you’re body retains fluid this can leave you feeling swollen, bloated and just overall uncomfortable. Surprisingly, you may even gain a few pounds of water weight during this time, too.

When it’s something more. If you experienced ongoing digestive issues like constipationand bloating, this could be a sign of a food allergy or intolerance. Often times, a food intolerance will cause additional symptoms like headaches, fatigue, joint pain and gas.

Cramping. Nearly every woman has experienced cramping with PMS. The main cause of menstrual cramps is uterine contractions which causes pain in the abdomen and the lower back. Typically these cramps will only last for 3 days or less and over-the-counter medication, a heating pad, comfortable clothing and a balanced diet will help to soothe discomfort.

When it’s something more. When cramps escalate to be so intense that you feel like you can’t leave the house and nothing you do seems to make them better, this could be a sign of something more serious. Common conditions, like endometriosis, can cause severe cramping and if left untreated it may lead to ovarian cysts, chronic pain and even infertility.

Extra heavy or light bleeding. It’s normal for your flow to vary from month to month; however, keep in mind that your period should last between 2 to 7 days. But there are a number of different factors, like stress, excessive exercise and medication that may impact your cycle.

When it’s something more. If you notice progressively shorter periods or the absence of a period, this could indicate the transition into menopause or another underlying health condition. In fact, a thyroid condition can impact your menstrual cycle regularity.

If you’re experiencing an extremely heavy flow, one that is able to soak through a pad or tampon every hour, this can be a sign of a hormone imbalance or something more serious, like kidney disease or even cancer. If you notice excessive clotting, or clots that are larger than a quarter, this may be a sign of a miscarriage, fibroids, hormonal imbalances or an enlarged uterus.

Furthermore, if your period is lasting more than 7 days, this could be the result of an infection and if left untreated can cause fatigue and other complications. If your period is lasting more than 7 days as a result of pre-menstrual spotting, this may be a sign of endometriosis.

Put your health first, period.

While there are a number of different factors that can impact your period, it can be an important sign of overall health. Furthermore, it’s important to stay in tune with your body so you are able to determine what is normal for you.

To help you stay healthy at every age, GMC’s Women’s Health Navigator is always prepared to help. Whether you are in search of medical information, preventative care or recommendations for diagnostics and treatment, Sheila Warren, RN, is there to offer support at every stage of your health care journey. Remember, there is no health concern too small.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Meet Your Trauma Team

When hearing the words traumatic injury, first responders, like EMS, and emergency room specialists are the usually the first medical providers to come to mind. And while these experts are essential to the overall trauma care process, at GMC there’s actually an entire trauma team that works together to evaluate and care for patients with traumatic injuries.

In the event of a traumatic injury, the trauma team coordinates with a wide array of experienced specialists to ensure the most thorough and customized care possible.  Here’s a quick look at some of the experts you can expect to be a part of your trauma team:

Trauma Specialists:

Trauma surgeons receive specialized training to be able to effectively evaluate, diagnose, stabilize and manage trauma patients. As soon as a trauma patient arrives at the emergency room, the trauma surgeon is actively involved in the care process. Starting with an assessment of the patient, the trauma surgeon is able to identify the seriousness of injuries, order diagnostics and testing as needed and determine if other specialists are needed.

Trauma nurses receive specialized training to provide care that is timely and effective for trauma and patients. With a wide variety of traumatic injuries, trauma nurses must be prepared at all times to provide quick and skilled care to patients.

Specialty Physicians:

Orthopedic surgeons are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, disorders and diseases that impact the body’s complete musculoskeletal system. This can include everything from the bones and joints to the ligaments and muscles throughout your entire body.

Neurosurgeonsare physicians who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries, disorders and diseases that affect the central and peripheral nervous system. This doesn’t just include the brain and spinal cord; it also encompasses nerves and sensory organs throughout the body.

Maxillofacial surgeons are physicians who specialize in the treatment of injuries and diseases that impact the head, neck, face, jaws and other tissue of the mouth, jaws and face. Often times these surgeons will have dual training and qualification in both medicine and dentistry.

Anesthesiologists are physicians who specialize in providing anesthesia, or the use of medication to help relax the patient and prevent pain during surgery. These physicians will work to ensure your safety before, during and after surgery.

Diagnostic Experts:

Radiologists are physicians who specialize in diagnosing injuries and diseases using a wide variety of imaging technology. This can include x-rays, computed tomography (CT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and many others. An accurate and timely diagnosis of trauma injuries is vital to determining the best treatment option.

These physicians work with x-ray technicians, CT technicians and ultrasound technicians to utilize the latest in imaging technology and ensure that these images are as accurate as possible.

Care & Rehabilitation Experts:

Respiratory therapists are specially trained to provide care to patients who are having difficulty breathing. This may include diagnostic testing, effective treatments depending on the patient’s condition and continually monitoring the progress of treatment.

Physical therapists even after receiving thorough, emergency care immediately following a traumatic event, patients will likely work with a physical therapist to help manage recovery. This can be an important way to reduce pain, promote movement, restore healthy functioning and prevent long-term disability.

You can trust GMC when it comes to trauma.

In addition to the experts listed above, GMC’s trauma team collaborates with an extensive range of specialties to provide personalized care to each and every trauma patient. With a specially-trained trauma team, the latest equipment and technology and wide-ranging resources, GMC’s level II trauma center is always ready to effectively care for critically injured patients 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Monday, May 15, 2017

Easy Ways To De-Stress At Lunch

For a lot of people, stressis a built-in part of the workday. And lunchtime offers a valuable break and time to relax and unwind. But if you're forcing yourself to socialize at lunch, you may be robbing yourself of the downtime you need.

When it comes to reducing stressand fatigue at work, research has shown that it's important to feel you're in control of how you spend your lunchtime and who you spend it with.

So, if you're sharing a pizza with co-workers because that's what you want to do, you'll be giving yourself a much-needed break. But if you feel pressured into eating with co-workers or your boss, your lunch break may feel more like work.

In fact, it can be less stressful to eat in your own space, if that's what you want to do. Researchers have found that people who spend their lunchtime doing something relaxing that they've chosen to do have the least fatigue at the end of the day.

But even working through lunch can reduce stress and fatigue if people feel they've made the choice to do so.

 In addition choosing to spend your lunch break doing what you’ll most enjoy, here are a few other easy ways to making the most of your lunch:

Make healthy food choices that will help give you an energy boost and leave you feeling fresh.

Try squeezing in a few minutes of exercise, whether that’s going for a walk or doing some stretching.

Create a gratitude list or try journalingas a way to reflect and focus on the positives in your life.

Enjoy listening to music that you like as a way to relax and tune out other distractions.

The bottom line?

There’s no doubt that stress is a major part of daily life, but there are easy ways to enjoy your day despite it. In addition to practicing these simple steps to having a stress-relieving lunch break, there are other healthy ways to minimize stress.

For instance, simple things like sleeping more than 7 hours, eating a balanced diet, getting regular exercise and working with your primary care provider are all great ways to reduce the impact of stress. While it may be impossible to cut stress out entirely, these tips will minimize its effect. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

4 Surprising Reasons Women Suffer More Strokes Than Men

Chances are you’ve heard the common facts about stroke. For instance, maybe you know that a strokeoccurs as a result of stopped blood flow to your brain. Or that the most frequent stroke symptoms include facial drooping, arm weakness and speech difficulty. But did you know that each year women suffer more strokes than men?

Not only will nearly 452,500 women suffer a stroke this year, it is believed that women will also have a worse recovery after stroke. With staggering statistics like these, it’s important for every woman to know the specific stroke risk factors women face and some of the stroke symptoms that are unique to women.

4 surprising risk factors

When it comes to stroke prevention, simple lifestyle changes like routinely exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, not smoking and managing high blood pressure and/or cholesterol can make a big difference. However, for women stroke prevention doesn’t stop there. Here are 4 unique risk factors women are faced with:

Taking oral contraceptives. Because many birth control pills can increase a woman’s risk of developing a blood clot by three to four times, which can also increase the risk of a stroke. It’s important to note, though, that the risk of stroke with birth control pills is low. The greatest risk is the use of birth control along with additional risk factors.

Pregnancy. When pregnant, a woman’s body may go through many changes, including higher than normal blood pressure, stress on the heart and weight gain. While these changes may only be temporary as a result of pregnancy, they do increase the likelihood of stroke, but only while pregnant.

Use of Hormone Replacement Therapy. To ease the symptoms of menopause many women may try using hormone therapy to decrease hot flashes and sweating, vaginal dryness and mood swings. But in addition to these benefits, hormone replacement therapy can increase the likelihood of blood clots and stroke.

Experiencing migraine headaches (especially with aura). For some individuals who experience migraines, they will also experience an aura, a type of migraine warning sign. An aura may include visual symptoms ranging from flashing and zigzag lines to blind spots. It is believed that a woman’s stroke risk is doubled if she experiences migraines.

For women: unique symptoms to watch for

In addition to the common stroke symptoms of weakness, vision problems, speech problems, headache, movement problems and seizure, women may be more likely to experience different symptoms, such as:

  • Fainting (loss of consciousness)
  • Shortness of breath
  • General confusion, including unresponsiveness and/or disorientation
  • Sudden and drastic behavior change
  • Experiencing Hallucinations
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Hiccups

Comprehensive care when you need it most.

There is no doubt that stroke is scary, but with a comprehensive stroke program at Gwinnett Medical Centers Emergency Department, your customized care will begin the moment you call 911. With GMC’s Stroke Alert process you will be placed in a dedicated stroke unit, with specialized care provided by a team of stroke experts.

You will receive a personalized treatment plan tailored to suit your unique needs. This may include tissue plasminogen activator (tPA), which is the only FDA-approved clot-busting medicine. Even after you have a stroke, GMC offers an extensive range of treatment options and services to ensure the best health outcome possible.