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Governor Rick Scott appoints Michael G. Joseph to the FIU Board of Trustees

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, August 27, 2015 – Governor Rick Scott has announced the appointment of

Michael G. Joseph to the Florida International University Board of Trustees.

“Mr. Joseph brings a wealth of experience and talent to our board,” said Albert Maury, chairman of the

FIU Board of Trustees. “We look forward to working with him to support our students and continue to

serve our community.”

Michael G. Joseph is president of HCA’s East Florida Division. Joseph is responsible for 14 hospitals, a

regional laboratory, 12 ambulatory surgery centers and five imaging centers located in Miami-Dade,

Broward, Palm Beach, St. Lucie and Okeechobee counties.

“I am looking forward to helping strengthen college education at FIU on a national and international

level, “ said Joseph.

Previously, Joseph served as CEO of University Hospital; president of HCA’s Southwest Florida Market;

president and CEO of Cedars Medical Center and Westside Regional Medical Center; CEO at Columbia

Hospital; and as COO at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, and the Miami Heart Institute.

Mr. Joseph is a graduate of the University of Miami with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in business

administration. He and his wife Lesli have two children, Lauryn and Michael, and reside in the City of

Coral Gables.

Joseph has been appointed for five-year terms that began on August 21, 2015.

Exploring the Link Between Heart Health and Blood Sugar

If you have diabetes, heart care is an important part of your treatment plan. The reason that heart health issues figure so prominently for people with diabetes is because there is a close link between blood sugar levels and cardiovascular problems. Diabetes can affect your heart health in a number of ways, but controlling your blood sugar levels can reduce your chances of needing heart care. Here is a close look at how diabetes and high blood sugar impacts your heart.

Diabetes and Your Heart

Diabetes is a major risk factor for heart and vascular disease. People with diabetes have two to four times the risk of having a heart attack or stroke, and they are more likely to have a second heart attack than people without diabetes. Anyone with diabetes has an increased risk of developing heart disease, but that risk goes up even more when blood sugar levels are consistently high. High blood sugar contributes to atherosclerosis, which is the medical term for the clogged or hardened blood vessels. When this occurs, your heart has to beat harder to pump blood. Atherosclerosis also contributes to blood clots that can cause heart attacks and strokes. People with diabetes are also more likely to have other risk factors for heart disease, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and in the case of type 2 diabetes, obesity.

Heart Disease Prevention with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, working closely with your endocrinologist to control your blood sugar levels is one of the best ways to reduce your heart disease risk. Limiting your fat intake and eating plenty of fiber, fruits, and vegetables will also help. If you need assistance developing a healthy diet plan, ask your physician for a referral to a registered dietician.

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, we provide cutting-edge heart care in Treasure Coast. If diabetes is affecting your heart, ask your physician for a referral to our Heart Institute. You can also get a referral to one of our experts by calling 1 (800) 382-3522.

Keeping Your Kids Safe During Sports

Physical activity is important for children, and playing a sport is a great way to get kids active. If you have a young athlete in your family, it’s your job to make sure that he or she stays as safe as possible on the field. Warming up before practices and games is essential for injury prevention, and may help reduce the chances of your athlete needing children’s services at a Treasure Coast hospital. Be sure that everyone on your child’s team is wearing proper protective gear such as helmets and pads, as these protect the wearer and the other athletes who are playing. Hydration before, during, and after sports is key, especially if the weather is warm or humid. Check out this infographic to learn more about how to keep your child safe during athletic pursuits. Please share with your friends and family for the health of the entire team.

Regaining Your Independence After Stroke

Stroke treatment only starts with emergency care. Once your stroke is stabilized, the road to recovery begins. After the ER, you will be transferred to a neurological services department with medical professionals who can assist you in reclaiming your life after your stroke. Because stroke affects every patient in a different way, depending on which part of the brain was impacted, there is no single plan for recovery that works for everyone. Your physician will help you decide what kind of care is right for you. Here is a closer look at some of the strategies you may use during your stroke recovery.

Help for Emotional Changes

Behavioral health issues are common after stroke. Because of changes in the brain, patients often contend with forgetfulness, irritability, and carelessness. It is also natural to experience depression, and anger after having a stroke as well as anxiety about having another one. Don’t let behavioral health problems go unchecked after a stroke. There are many things your doctor can do to help get these symptoms under control, from therapy to medications.

Help for Physical Changes

After a stroke, you may experience paralysis, spasticity, and other physical limitations. With physical therapy, some of these challenges may be overcome. For physical changes that are permanent, an occupational therapist can help you learn new strategies to complete every day activities. The road to conquering post-stroke physical changes can be a long one, but progress is possible.

Help for Communication Changes

Stroke can affect your ability to speak, listen, read, and write. Communication improvement usually happens throughout recovery, but it is difficult to say how long the process will take. A speech therapist can work with you to help you redevelop your communication skills and learn new ways of communicating in the meantime.

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute, our Stroke Center near Treasure Coast provides comprehensive stroke care from the moment you enter the emergency department and throughout your recovery. You can get more information about our stroke care services by calling 1 (800) 382-3522.

What Are the Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy?

Good nutrition is an essential part of having a healthy pregnancy. In addition to eating the right foods to get the nutrients you need, it is also important to avoid certain foods that could endanger your health or the health of your growing baby. Talk to your women’s services provider about what to eat while you’re expecting, and make sure these foods are off the menu.

Raw Meat and Fish

During pregnancy, say no to sushi, steak tartar and rare beef. Undercooked meats may contain salmonella, toxoplasmosis, and coliform bacteria. Chicken and pork should always be cooked through, during and after pregnancy. Your doctor can advise you about safe cooking temperatures if you usually like your steak rare, but always err on the side of cooking things well when you’re in doubt. While you’re avoiding raw foods, be sure to also skip raw shellfish, like oysters, raw eggs and unpasteurized dairy products.

Refrigerated Smoked Seafood

You will need to find a substitute for bagels and lox during pregnancy, as refrigerated smoked seafood could be dangerous. In addition to lox, don’t choose kippered or nova style seafoods or seafood jerky to avoid salmonella. Usually, it is safe to eat refrigerated smoked seafood if it is prepared as part of another dish that is thoroughly cooked, such as in a casserole. If you miss your smoked seafood, canned or other types that are shelf-safe, rather than refrigerated, are fine.

Soft Cheeses

Many soft cheeses are imported and use unpasteurized milk, which means that they could contain listeria. This includes brie, feta, queso blanco, Roquefort and Camembert. If you want to have a soft cheese, look for a variety that is not imported and one that is clearly labeled that is was made with pasteurized milk.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute has cutting-edge care for mothers and babies alike, from our women’s services team to our newborn care and pediatrics. When you need maternity care in the Treasure Coast, call us today at 1 (800) 382-3522 for a referral.

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