Blog Archive

Resolve to Schedule Your Annual Physical This Year Jan 1st, 2022

It’s no secret that the last couple of years have brought a lot of changes to the world of health care. With concerns around the pandemic, many health organizations recommended postponing non-essential appointments, screenings, and procedures until further notice. But now, those routine appointments are resuming. And the start of...

How to Spot the Signs of Strep Throat Dec 1st, 2021

Strep throat is a bacterial infection caused by group A Streptococcus bacterium. It’s one of the most common causes of sore throats, and strep alone accounts for nearly one third of sore throats in children. Strep throat is characterized by a sore, scratchy, or swollen throat — but a sore...

Tips for Lowering Your Blood Pressure Nov 11th, 2021

Over one third of Americans have high blood pressure. It’s a very common condition, but it doesn’t have noticeable warning signs and you may not know you have it until you get your blood pressure taken at the doctor’s office. When high blood pressure is left undiagnosed and untreated, it...

Benefits of an Annual Physical Oct 10th, 2021

Have you had a physical exam this year? If your answer is no, now is the time to get it scheduled. It’s easy to take your health for granted when you’re feeling well, but regular physical exams are one of the best ways to ensure you’re enjoying your best health...

It’s Hard to Breathe — Could I Have COPD? Sep 6th, 2021

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States. More than 16 million Americans have been diagnosed with COPD, and millions more may have it without knowing it. COPD includes a few different lung conditions, like emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It’s a serious...

Signs Your Wound Isn't Healing Aug 13th, 2021

Wounds and injuries are common, and anyone can get one. While many types of wounds heal on their own within a few weeks, some types of wounds heal slower — or not at all. In fact, about 6.5 million Americans have chronic wounds. These wounds don’t start healing on their...

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Strep Throat Symptoms Jul 20th, 2021

Strep throat is a common infection. It’s best-known to cause symptoms like a scratchy sore throat, swollen neck glands, and pain with swallowing. Strep accounts for about one third of sore throats in children, but it’s different from the sore throat that comes along with the common cold or the...

How to Prevent Prediabetes from Turning into Full-blown Diabetes Jun 27th, 2021

Chances are you already know that diabetes is among the most common chronic illnesses in our country and increases the risk of developing heart disease, stroke, and other severe health problems.  But did you know that up to nine in ten diabetes cases are preventable? It’s true: Type 2 diabetes,...

5 Benefits of Losing Excess Weight May 19th, 2021

Nearly 50% of American adults try to lose weight every year. The latest trend in workout routines and the newest fad diet might cause temporary weight loss, but for many people, those methods either aren’t successful or they’re simply not sustainable. If you’ve tried to achieve a healthy weight without...

Early Warning Signs of Sleep Apnea Apr 13th, 2021

Sleep apnea is one of the most common sleep disorders in the United States. It makes you stop breathing for periods of time while you’re asleep, and you could have it without knowing it. In fact, an estimated 22 million Americans have sleep apnea — but experts believe up to...

6 Tips for Managing Asthma Better Mar 17th, 2021

An estimated 25 million Americans are living with asthma. It’s a chronic disease that’s characterized by inflamed airways and difficulty breathing. Asthma attacks make airways swell even more, restricting breathing and causing wheezing, chest tightness, and other symptoms. Having uncontrolled asthma can lower your quality of life and even put...

What You Should Know About COVID-19 Feb 16th, 2021

Across the country, COVID-19 infection rates are on the rise. The medical community continues to learn about the disease, and federal agencies and pharmaceutical companies are getting closer and closer to vaccine approval. But when will a COVID-19 vaccine be widely available? And what exactly are the symptoms that you...

The Differences Between Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes Jan 15th, 2021

About 34 million Americans have diabetes. Diabetes is a term used to describe several different metabolic conditions that affect your body’s ability to use glucose for energy, but the two most common are type 1 and type 1 diabetes. Your body relies on insulin, a hormone created in the pancreas,...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine Dec 23rd, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered dramatic changes throughout everyday life — and in the medical community as well. Not only are providers across the country postponing elective procedures, but many are also encouraging people to avoid in-office appointments to reduce their risk of exposure to this highly contagious coronavirus.But what...

When Do You Need Primary Care? Dec 9th, 2020

In this day and age when every doctor seems to specialize in a narrow field, your primary care provider (PCP) is the equivalent of your utility player in baseball — able to handle a wide range of responsibilities. At Medical Associates of North Texas in Fort Worth, our expert team...

COVID-19: How to Protect Yourself & Others Jun 27th, 2020

Facts and information about the coronavirus pandemic are constantly changing. Visit the CDC site for the most up-to-date information during the COVID-19 outbreak. Know how it spreads There is currently no vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to...