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Heart attack is the leading killer of women in the United States, and this is in part due to the fact that women do not typically recognize heart attack as quickly as men do. When you think of heart attack symptoms, you might imagine chest-grabbing pain that is sudden and incapacitating. However, a heart attack might be a little more subtle with its symptoms—especially in women. This article will take a look at some of the more common heart attack signs seen in female patients to help you understand when emergency care is needed. When heart attacks are treated immediately in the ER, there is a much higher chance of survival and full recovery.
Upper body pain
A heart attack may cause pain in areas other than your chest. You might feel pain or discomfort in your arms, neck, jaw, or upper back. Many women simply take aspirin and continue with their day when these symptoms arise, but you should think twice about sudden pain in the upper body and seek emergency care when you are unsure of the cause.
Women are often surprised to learn that a heart attack may not feel like a heart attack at all. Symptoms might feel flu-like with dizziness, lightheadedness, nausea, and extreme fatigue. The distinguishing factor with these symptoms will be a sudden onset rather than the gradual development that occurs with the flu.
Shortness of breath
In some cases, heart attack can take the wind out of patients with shortness of breath that takes place even during periods of rest. Still, intense physical activity may lead to a heart attack with added stress on your heart, so it’s important not to discount symptoms just because you are exercising.
When you suspect a heart attack, call 9-1-1 right away. With care at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute, you can feel comfortable knowing that you are in the best hands for your care with the lowest ER wait times in the Treasure Coast.
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Because obstetricians each have their own hospital privileges, you might select the hospital where you want to deliver before you choose a doctor to care for you during pregnancy. If you are having your second or third child, you may already know what you want in a hospital. First time parents, on the other hand, may need some guidelines to help them choose the right delivery environment. Here is a look at some of the steps you should take in your hospital selection so you create a memorable, happy experience in welcoming your child to the world.
Tour local maternity units
There is no doubt that you will be receiving care from qualified, board certified physicians at any major hospital, so hospital selection may be a matter of the feeling you have in the maternity unit. This means that you might have to take some hospital tours to explore the atmosphere of birthing centers in your community. Things to look for include private accommodations, modern unit security, and comfortable accommodations for spouses and loved ones.
Ask about services for your delivery preference
Hospitals might have differing policies for anesthesiologists on staff or steps for natural birth, so it is important to discuss your birthing preferences with a member of the hospital staff. Meeting members of the staff is also a great chance to see if you have a good personality fit with a specific maternity center.
Look for patient education
One aspect of care for new moms and babies that can set your experience apart is patient education services. Lactation consulting or newborn care classes, for example, can make a big difference as you get to know your newborn and take your baby home from the hospital. Not all facilities offer these services, so you might use them as a guideline for your hospital choice.
The Birthing Center at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center may be the ideal location for your labor and delivery, because we combine compassionate care with next-level services such as our NICU and 24/7 nursery open to mothers at all times. See what we have to offer your family by visiting our website or calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (772) 828-2486.
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When you need emergency care, you will not want to waste a second getting the right medical attention. Therefore, it is helpful to know which local hospitals have the current lowest ER wait times. With the text-to-ER program detailed in this video, you will always know where the closest ER is and how long you can expect to wait before receiving care. Don’t be surprised to see Lawnwood Regional Medical Center topping the list for shortest wait times, because we work to provide patients with the most efficient, streamlined care to address their emergency needs.
For a closer look at our emergency department, visit our website or call us at (772) 828-2486 to speak with a registered nurse in our hospital.
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The hospital can be a scary place for kids, so parents and medical specialists may need to work to create a more welcoming environment where kids can feel safe and comfortable. In the hospital your child may have a lot of questions about why he or she is there and what is wrong. This video further explains the cause of anxiety among young patients and the ways to address it. Pediatric physicians and nurses are typically understanding of children’s hospital anxiety, and they will take the time to make sure that patients know what is happening and when they will be able to go home.
With the Pediatric ER at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, your child will feel comfortable even in the most serious medical situations. Learn why you can rely on us for your child’s care by visiting our website or calling us at (772) 828-2486.
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While stroke remains the fourth leading cause of death and one of the top causes of disability in the United States, it is actually one of the most preventable conditions affecting American adults. There are some uncontrollable risk factors like age and genetics, but the most common causes of stroke can often be addressed before the worst occurs. Here is a quick guide to what you can do to minimize your stroke risk at any age.
Lower your blood pressure
Blood pressure is often thought of as a silent risk factor, because hypertension on its own does not have distinctive symptoms. Therefore, you should check your blood pressure regularly and take action if it is too high. Regular exercise helps move blood through your body and improve circulation, driving your blood pressure down.
Reduce your cholesterol intake
There are actually a few different types of cholesterol in your blood, some good and some bad. The bad cholesterols are LDL and triglycerides, which can clog the arteries and restrict blood flow to the brain. These are found in foods like fatty red meats, full-fat dairy products, fried foods, and salty snacks high in trans fats. Replace these foods with healthier options like fish, nuts, and fresh vegetables and you will quickly get your cholesterol levels in check.
Set realistic weight loss goals
Obesity is a significant risk factor for stroke, because it leads to problems like high cholesterol, hypertension, and type 2 diabetes. Unfortunately, patients faced with the dilemma of needing to lose more than 50 pounds may be overwhelmed by their weight loss needs and fail to reduce their weight in the long run. Setting achievable short-term goals and maintaining communication with your doctor can make it easier to tackle significant weight loss with lasting results for stroke prevention.
If you are trying to manage your stroke risk, the physicians at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Center can help you make the best decisions for your health. You can also find excellent emergency stroke care with us, so stay in touch by visiting our website or calling us at (772) 828-2486.