Last updated 5 days ago
From the moment a stroke begins, it cuts off oxygen to the brain, resulting in the death of potentially millions of brain cells. Though fast treatment can save the life of a stroke victim, the stroke can still cause extensive lifelong disabilities. That is why The Stroke Center at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center wants local residents to know their stroke risks. Once you know the risk factors that might lead to a future stroke, you can take the steps necessary to avoid it.
You are overweight.
Lifestyle habits often play a role in the development of stroke. Diet in particular can increase the danger of this condition. If you are not expending enough calories to offset those that you consume, it can lead to obesity. Excessive weight is a primary risk factor for stroke. If you weigh more than is healthy for your height, now is the time to make dietary changes to bring down the number on your scale.
You don’t exercise.
Physical activity is another component of maintaining a healthy weight. Yet some people do not exercise at all and still avoid obesity problems. If you fall within this category, you might think that you are not at risk for a stroke. However, studies indicate that even those at a healthy weight can be in danger of having a stroke if they lead sedentary lives.
You use tobacco products.
Tobacco usage is typically associated with respiratory problems such as COPD and lung cancer. While these conditions often arise because of smoking habits, they are far from the only complications of smoking. Tobacco usage of any kind is a risk factor for stroke. Smoking can lead to extensive cardiovascular damage, which increases the chances for a blood clot or blood vessel rupture in the brain. To lower your risk of stroke, find a cessation program in your area that can help you permanently kick your smoking habit.
All it takes is a few lifestyle changes to enjoy a stroke-free future. To find out what you need to do to lower your stroke risk, contact the health experts at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Call us at (772) 828-2486 to speak with one of our registered nurses.
Last updated 9 days ago
Sinusitis can be an extremely painful and frustrating condition. The good news is that Lawnwood Regional Medical Center offers multiple treatment options to address this common problem. In many cases, our doctors use medication to treat sinusitis. This non-invasive treatment often alleviates the discomfort and inflammation of sinusitis. In the event that a patient continues to experience symptoms, we may suggest either conventional sinus surgery or balloon sinuplasty. Both options use more extensive means to create space in the sinus cavities. Conventional sinus surgery involves the removal of the tissues and bone that may be contributing to a patient’s sinus issues. Balloon sinuplasty involves a balloon that makes more space once the surgeon inflates it.
Sinusitis doesn’t have to compromise your quality of life. Let Lawnwood Regional Medical Center help you enjoy easy and pain-free breathing once more. To find out more about our sinusitis treatment options, call (772) 828-2486.
Last updated 16 days ago
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center encourages the residents of Fort Pierce to learn about their stroke risk. This medical condition affects thousands of people each year, leading to numerous deaths and disabilities. Despite the high occurrence of strokes, many people are still unfamiliar with the facts regarding what it is and how to avoid it. When you know your stroke facts from fiction, you can better protect yourself from experiencing it and its potentially fatal complications.
Strokes are unavoidable.
Many people consider strokes to be an inevitable condition. On the contrary, you can take multiple steps to significantly lower your risk of stroke. Key to reducing your stroke risk is evaluating and altering your lifestyle habits. A nutritious diet and regular exercise routine are two of the most important components of stroke prevention. Cutting out unhealthy activities such as smoking can also lower your chances of having a stroke.
Active people don’t have to worry about strokes.
Even when you take action to lower your stroke risk, you may still experience health conditions that put you in danger. Though exercise is an important deterrent to hypertension and high cholesterol, these problems can still develop in highly active people. Because they typically present no symptoms, you may not know that you have them until a stroke occurs. For this reason, it’s important to visit a doctor on a regular basis to have your cholesterol and blood pressure numbers assessed.
Strokes present no symptoms.
Unlike hypertension or high cholesterol, a stroke can present visible warning signs. To get the medical attention that you or a loved one needs, it’s critical that you know these common symptoms. Limb weakness, facial paralysis and slurred speech can all point to stroke. Should any of these symptoms arise, you should seek medical treatment as soon as possible.
Do you know the warning signs of stroke? Call Lawnwood Regional Medical Center at (772) 828-2486 to speak with one of our registered nurses about how to detect a stroke. Our healthcare experts are available 24 hours-a-day to answer your questions.
Last updated 16 days ago
Imaging services can contribute to the accurate diagnosis and treatment of many medical conditions. CT scans offer comprehensive images of the body that traditional x-rays cannot. Traditional x-rays may be useful when assessing an orthopedic ailment, but CT scans provide images of soft tissues as well. For this reason, doctors may recommend CT scans when studying any number of conditions, including vascular and organ-related problems.
This imaging procedure is often extremely comfortable for patients. During a CT scan, the patient lies on a table that moves into the scanning device. This machine can take pictures from a variety of angles, allowing physicians to see 3D images of blood vessels, organs and other body parts. The procedure typically takes less than an hour, after which patients may return to their everyday tasks.
Are you scheduled to undergo a CT scan? If you have questions about this procedure, the healthcare experts at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce can help. Call us today at (772) 828-2486 to speak with one of our registered nurses.
Last updated 19 days ago
A trauma victim can suffer a wide range of injuries that require specialized care. This video explains how Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce can address these individual needs.
To provide the highest level of trauma care, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center cultivates strong teamwork among our many medical specialists. Even if a patient requires abdominal, orthopedic, or neurological care, our extensive trauma staff can immediately address injuries. This focus on comprehensive trauma treatment is one of many care components that sets Lawnwood Regional Medical Center apart from other hospitals.
If you ever require trauma care, let Lawnwood Regional Level II Trauma Center address your healthcare needs. Call us today at (772) 828-2486 to learn more about the services we provide our community.