Last updated 5 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 10 days ago
Osteoporosis is incredibly common among older adults, but it can be prevented or at least slowed down with some simple tips. When you have osteoporosis, your bones become hollower and more susceptible to fractures. This can limit your independence in the aging process and have you suffering more frequent painful injuries. To live your life free of osteoporosis, follow these guidelines for prevention.
Build muscle mass
Strong muscles provide more support for the skeleton and keep the body more flexible so that injuries are less likely with physical activity. To build enough muscle strength for adequate skeletal support, you will want to get regular low-impact aerobic exercise and use weight lifting exercises at least twice a week. Another benefit of this type of physical activity is effective weight management, which can take some of the impact off of your bones.
Know your calcium sources
Milk is the iconic calcium-rich food, but there are many other sources of calcium that can support the process of bone regeneration. Soy products, dark green vegetables, salmon, nuts, and white beans are all packed with calcium along with a range of other beneficial nutrients. Adding these foods to your diet will keep your bones strong for life, so start implementing better dietary habits early on in life.
Keep a good posture
Slouching can diminish your spine health and make it harder for your bones to stay strong as the degenerative processes of aging occur. If you work on improving your posture in your 20s and 30s, you will stand tall and move further as you get older.
If you are over the age of 50, you might consider a bone scan to learn if you are at a high risk for osteoporosis. For imaging and musculoskeletal care in central Florida, you can trust Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. You can reach us on our website or connect with a physician by calling (772) 828-2486 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line.
Last updated 14 days ago
MRI, or magnetic resonance imaging, is a non-radiation imaging test that can allow physicians to render two and three dimensional images of the organs and other tissues. MRI may be used for a wide range of medical diagnoses from skeletal injuries to cancer. There is no pain associated with MRI, but the MRI machine can be fairly restrictive, and it does not allow the patient to move while the test takes place. Nearly any patient can have an MRI exam, but patients should alert exam technicians if they have any metal devices in their bodies such as ear implants or bone screws, as the machine relies on a powerful magnet to produce images. If you are anxious about the exam due to discomfort in confined spaces, your doctor can prescribe a sedative to help you relax for the test.
The Imaging Services Department at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center uses the latest imaging technologies to provide patients with the most accurate, comfortable care. You can explore our services online or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (772) 828-2486.
Last updated 17 days ago
Many American adults are at a high risk for heart disease, because they have restricted arteries caused by buildup of cholesterol and fatty deposits. While lifestyle changes might reduce this issue, you may need more immediate treatment to keep your chances of heart attack and other complications low.
Coronary angioplasty is a procedure that can widen the arteries so that blood can flow freely to the heart from the lungs. This procedure is performed through the use of a catheter which directs a deflated balloon to a section of the arteries where congestion is a problem. The balloon is then inflated to widen the artery by compressing plaque. Coronary angioplasty can be highly effective for heart attack prevention, but only when it is paired with dietary changes, physical activity, and stress control.
To discover what type of cardiac care you need to maintain better heart health, connect with Lawnwood Regional Medical Center and Heart Institute. You can contact us at (772) 828-2486 or visit our website to explore our heart care services.
Last updated 22 days ago
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.