The Golden Hour

‘Tis the Season for Heart Attacks

‘Tis the Season for Heart Attacks

By Dr. Katie E. Golden, MD The holiday season is always full of traditions that are special to this time of year: festive gatherings, cherished recipes, gift-giving. And don’t forget that yearly spike in . . . heart attacks. For years, experts have noticed that there...

What does it mean to go ‘against medical advice?

What does it mean to go ‘against medical advice?

By Dr. Katie E. Golden, MD More than ever, people are participating in the decisions surrounding their medical care. And in turn, many doctors are making an effort to educate their patients about the risks and benefits of their treatment options. This way the patient...

Outpatient Treatment Options for COVID-19

Outpatient Treatment Options for COVID-19

By Katie E. Golden, MD We are amidst another surge in COVID cases, and it feels like there are new variants and scientific studies debuting every day. The treatment options are no exception. While we know a lot more about the coronavirus than we did a year ago, the...

Why is my CBC Abnormal? Breaking Down the Blood Count

Why is my CBC Abnormal? Breaking Down the Blood Count

By Katie E. Golden, MD A complete blood count (CBC) is a common laboratory test to include as part of a basic medical evaluation. If you have recently been to the emergency department (ED), there is a good chance your blood counts were tested. And if you looked at...

The EKG: Translating the Interpreter

The EKG: Translating the Interpreter

By Katie E. Golden, MD An electrocardiogram (abbreviated as both ECG and EKG) is a simple test that is frequently performed on patients in the emergency room. It is easy, fast, and gives us a lot of important information about your heart. It helps doctors immediately...

Are My Kidneys Okay?

Are My Kidneys Okay?

By Katie E. Golden, MD In the emergency department (ED), it is common to obtain blood tests as part of a patient’s evaluation. A routine part of this analysis is to check kidney function, and we do this by testing for levels of ‘creatinine’  (abbreviated as Cr). It is...

Let’s Get Down to Cannabis-ness

Let’s Get Down to Cannabis-ness

By Katie E. Golden, MD While marijuana is stuck behind a legislative roadblock in North Carolina, CBD products are quickly finding their way into grocery stores, mainstream shops, and bars across the state. CBD in your coffee, CBD in your cocktail, mixed into a muscle...

A Short Introduction to Long COVID

A Short Introduction to Long COVID

by Katie E. Golden, MD As we round out month 16 of the COVID pandemic in the US (yes, I am counting our months of survival the same way I would the age of my first child), we are starting to learn more about the long term outcomes of the virus. This includes patients...

Cracking the Code: Explaining End-of-Life Decisions

Cracking the Code: Explaining End-of-Life Decisions

By Katie E. Golden, MD As emergency physicians, we often help patients and their families make important decisions about their end-of-life care when faced with a life-threatening illness. The emergency department is never the ideal environment to introduce such...