• What Are Some Common Causes of Angina?

    Angina occurs when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen and results in chest discomfort or pain. Angina is not a disease but a symptom of an underlying problem. If you’re experiencing chest pain, then visit your doctor or an urgent care center for an examination. Continue reading to learn about some of the causes of angina.

    Coronary Heart Disease

    Also called coronary artery disease, this condition affects millions of people in the U.S. and is a result of plaque buildup in the arteries. Coronary arteries begin as smooth and elastic tissues but can develop plaque on their inner walls that makes them more narrow and rigid. The result is reduced blood flow to the heart, which can prevent it from getting as much oxygen as it requires and lead to angina.

    Coronary Microvascular Disease

    Sometimes referred to as small vessel disease or small artery disease, coronary microvascular disease develops more frequently in women and in people who have high blood pressure or diabetes. This disease is associated with damage to the smallest coronary arteries of the heart, which can lead to spasms and restricted blood flow.

    Coronary Blood Clots

    When blood flow to the heart suddenly decreases because of small blood clots in the coronary arteries, this is called unstable angina. This type of angina is a medical emergency and can occur even at rest or during mild activity. Unstable angina is a change in a pattern of stable angina, and can also be caused by narrowed blood vessels.

    Coronary Artery Spasms

    One of the less common causes of angina is a coronary artery spasm. This problem occurs when a coronary artery suddenly spasms and reduces the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the heart muscle. In severe cases, this type of angina can result in a heart attack. Cocaine abuse and coronary artery disease can cause this type of angina, but what triggers most coronary artery spasms is unknown.

    If you are suffering from angina near Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, or Lady Lake, then please visit Paramount Urgent Care or call (407) 226-1906 for information about our walk-in clinic services.

  • Is It Heartburn or Something Worse?

    Heartburn is a common cause of chest pain, but this fiery symptom may not always be related to your digestion. Symptoms of other and more serious health conditions can sometimes be mistaken for heartburn, so it’s important to see a doctor for a physical exam.

    Watch this video to learn what other health problems may be causing your discomfort. If you develop symptoms that feel like heartburn following moderate activity, then this may be a symptom of heart disease. Pain from gallstones and stomach ulcerations can also be mistaken for heartburn. For these reasons, diagnosing heartburn should be left to a physician.

    Paramount Urgent Care offers medical services in Orlando, Oviedo, Clermont, and Lady Lake. If you’re suffering from heartburn or chest pain, then please stop by one of our walk-in clinics or call (407) 226-1906 for information about our services.

  • Spotlight on Pediatric Conditions That We Treat

    Paramount Urgent Care is equipped to handle everything from routine health care to minor urgent care needs. If you have a child who needs medical attention and you’re looking for an alternative to the emergency room, then consider paying us a visit. The following are the pediatric conditions that we treat:

    Allergies

    Are high pollen counts keeping your child from enjoying his childhood and playing outdoors with his friends? If so, then come and see us for pediatric allergy treatment. Some of the most common allergy symptoms include sneezing, congestion, runny nose, and itchy or watery eyes.

    Asthma

    Asthma is another condition that can keep your child from being as active he would like. Common symptoms of asthma in children include wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest pain, pressure, or tightness. We offer services to help you manage your child’s asthma.

    Skin Conditions

    If your child’s skin is red, dry, inflamed, or causing him pain or itchiness, then he may have a skin condition like poison ivy, eczema, rash, or infection and may benefit from medical treatment.

    Food Poisoning

    Food poisoning is a result of consuming food or drink that is contaminated by harmful organisms. Are you concerned that something he ate has made your child ill? If so, then consider stopping by Paramount Urgent Care, where we offer pediatric services for food poisoning. Some common symptoms of food poisoning include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal cramps.

    Digestive Conditions

    Problems with digestion are not uncommon in children, and some symptoms of this type of issue include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, gas, bloating, and stomach pain.

    Bronchitis

    The common cold and the flu typically pass after a couple of weeks. However, these illnesses can sometimes lead to bronchitis. If your child is wheezing or coughing or has shortness of breath or chest congestion, then he may be suffering from bronchitis. Other symptoms of this condition include sore throat, stuffy nose, fever, and fatigue.

    At Paramount Urgent Care, we provide pediatric urgent care serving Orlando, Clermont, Oviedo, and Lady Lake. For more information, please call (407) 226-1906.

  • What to Expect During Cholesterol Testing

    Your body’s cholesterol levels can play a critical role in your overall health, and monitoring these numbers can be important for preventing heart disease. For this reason, the American Heart Association advises all individuals over age 20 to have their cholesterol tested. Are you planning to head to an urgent care location to have your cholesterol checked? If so, then you may have questions about what to expect. Cholesterol testing typically involves a few different steps.

    First, you will be informed whether you should fast or avoid certain foods or medications before your test. When you visit the urgent care center, a blood sample will be taken, and this will be sent to a laboratory and analyzed. Later, you will receive the results which you can go over with your doctor.

    Paramount Urgent Care offers cholesterol testing and other health screenings at our walk-in clinics in Orlando, Oviedo, Lady Lake, and Clermont. For more information about our walk-in clinic locations or services, please call (407) 226-1906.