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Paramount Urgent Care

Servicing the central Florida area, our centers have on-site labs, medicines, x-rays, EKG & more. Walk-ins welcome – no appointment needed. Tourists rest easy, we accept travel insurances, as well as most other insurances. Urgent Care centers are a great alternative to the hospital emergency room, as the cost is less, and service faster. We treat most minor, non-life threatening conditions and all illnesses cared for by a family doctor.

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My daughter was diagnosed with the flu, and no pharmacy seemed to have the medicine she needed. The staff called around until they found a pharmacy with Tamiflu. Thank you so much!!! I really really appreciate the extra mile and will recommend Paramount to all my friends.

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Thank you so much!!! I really really appreciate the extra mile and will recommend Paramount to all my friends. My daughter was diagnosed with the flu, and no pharmacy seemed to have the medicine she needed.

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FROM OUR BLOG

Can Chicken Soup Really Help with the Flu?

The best way to deal with the flu is not to get it at all. A flu shot is the most effective method of prevention, along with washing your hands frequently. If you do get sick, and you’re at a high risk of severe flu complications, you can visit a walk-in clinic to ask about antiviral medications. Otherwise, stay at home, get plenty of rest, and enjoy some steaming hot chicken soup.

When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear about the science behind the benefits of chicken soup. The hot, steaming broth eases congestion and makes the mucus flow, which aids in the removal of the flu virus from your nasal passages. The broth is also helpful for preventing dehydration, which is more likely to develop in patients with the flu. Plus, the chicken gives your body some protein, which supports your immune system.

If you’resuffering from severe flu symptoms and live near Orlando, you can put your trust in Paramount Urgent Care. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

The Whys and Hows of Cholesterol Testing

Do you know your cholesterol numbers? Most Americans don’t, yet millions of adults either have heart disease or are at risk of it. The next time you go to the clinic for an annualphysical exam, ask your doctor about getting your cholesterol tested. High cholesterol doesn’t cause any symptoms, so you can have the test even if you feel healthy overall. If you do have abnormal cholesterol levels, your physician can get you started on a treatment plan to help you live a long, healthy life.

Why Cholesterol Tests Are Important

Many people avoid going to the doctor’s office unless they feel sick or sustain an injury. But with preventive healthcare, many serious health problems can be avoided, or detected early and treated effectively. Cholesterol tests are a simple way to get to know your own body better, and the results can guide you as you make lifestyle decisions. People who have high cholesterol and don’t realize it aren’t getting the medical help they need toreduce their risk of these complications:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Angina
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease

Who Needs Cholesterol Tests

Most heart disease experts recommend getting your cholesterol checked every five years, starting at the age of 18. However, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing if you’re at a high risk. Risk factors include the following:

  • Overweight or obesity
  • Tobacco use
  • Family history of heart attacks or high cholesterol
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • High-fat diet

Men over age 45 and women over age 55 are automatically presumed to be at a higher risk too. Children between the ages of nine and 11 should have a cholesterol test. This health screening isn’t recommended for children ages 12 through 16, since hormonal changes associated with puberty can interfere with the results.

How the Test Is Performed

Cholesterol levels are evaluated with a blood sample. Some cholesterol tests require no preparation, while others require patients to consume nothing but water for a period of time beforehand. If you’re nervous about needles, tell the technician. He or she will have experience helping patients with anxiety get through a blood draw.

Routine physical exams are always available atParamount Urgent Care, and we can perform blood tests, including cholesterol checks. Our five walk-in clinics around the Orlando area are open seven days per week. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.

Why You Should Have Your Cholesterol Checked

Abnormal cholesterol levels can increase your risk of heart disease, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and stroke. It’s not uncommon for people to have high cholesterol levels without realizing it, since there aren’t usually any signs or symptoms associated with this health problem. This is why your family medicine provider may recommend that you include a cholesterol screening as part of your annual physical exam.

Your specific health screening recommendations depend on your age and risk factors, which include your family and personal medical history. Some doctors recommend cholesterol tests for all individuals starting at age 20. You won’t necessarily have to get it checked every year. If you’re at average risk, you may only need a test every four to six years. However, your doctor may recommend more frequent testing if you’re at a high risk of high cholesterol, or if you’re already receiving treatment for it.

You’ll find exceptional medical care in Orlando at Paramount Urgent Care, includingpreventive healthcare like cholesterol screenings. For more information, please visit www.paramounturgentcare.com.