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Every year, Americans experience approximately ten million automobile accidents that result in thousands of injuries requiring inpatient care. The majority of automobile accidents are caused by human errors, such as distracted driving and misjudgment of distance, speed, or driving conditions. Observing a few important safety practices can help you prevent car accidents and improve your family’s safety while on the road.
Use Good Posture
Proper driving posture is not only more comfortable during car trips, it is safer, too. If you cannot see properly or reach the pedals easily, you could miss important visual cues or have a delayed reaction time in response to a sudden change on the road. Each time you get into your car, position your seat so you can reach the pedals, steering wheel, and other controls easily and safely without moving or reaching too far. Make sure you have a clear view through every window and adjust your mirrors to ensure you can accurately visualize your surroundings from your driving position.
Distracted driving results in hundreds of thousands of automobile-related injuries every year. To avoid causing an accident, there are a few tasks you should never take part in behind the wheel. Never text while driving, even when at a stop sign or traffic light. Use a headset rather than holding your phone to your ear while you are driving. If you must dial your phone, have a passenger connect the call or use voice-activated dialing. Don’t try to read a map or directions while behind the wheel—either hand these items off to a passenger or pull over so you can study them while your car is stopped.
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s Trauma Center offers 24-hour patient care that includes round-the-clock access to experienced trauma nurses, physicians, and specialists. Please call (772) 828-2486 to find out more about our official state-certified Level 2 Trauma Center, which is part of our Fort Pierce hospital campus. Click through our blog for more tips on how you and your family can prevent accidents and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Last updated 9 days ago
Health questions can arise at any time of the day or night. Consult-A-Nurse is a free phone service available 24/7 to provide referrals, help you find a hospital or physician, and answer your health-related questions.
This video explains the many features of the Consult-A-Nurse service. You can speak with a registered nurse immediately for the answers to your concerns about illnesses, injuries, and more. Consult-A-Nurse can also help you stay up to date on your community’s healthcare programs and events.
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is a proud Florida affiliate of Consult-A-Nurse. You can learn more about this program and our hospital’s healthcare services by calling (772) 828-2486. We invite you to explore our website for more information about your family’s health and how to know when you should seek medical care.
Last updated 11 days ago
The three major types of stroke are ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic stroke, and transient ischemic stroke. Of these conditions, ischemic stroke is the most common, accounting for approximately 87% of all diagnosed strokes. At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s Stroke Center, we offer cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment techniques to provide immediate care for stroke patients in Fort Pierce, FL.
Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood clot cuts off blood flow to part of the brain, causing brain cells to die. Ischemic stroke can be divided into two categories: embolic stroke and thrombotic stroke. Embolic stroke occurs when a small blood clot forms elsewhere in the body, typically in the heart, but does not block the blood flow in larger arteries or veins. Instead, this small clot travels through the bloodstream to the brain. The clot then becomes lodged in the small blood vessels that supply blood to brain tissue, causing a stroke. During a thrombotic stroke, the larger arteries supplying blood to the brain become blocked by blood clots. In many cases, thrombotic stroke occurs when the arteries supplying blood to the brain are affected by atherosclerosis, which is also a significant risk factor for heart disease.
Although less common than ischemic stroke, hemorrhagic strokes account for 13% of strokes in the United States. During a hemorrhagic stroke, a weakened blood vessel inside the brain bursts, causing bleeding inside the brain. As blood accumulates inside the brain, it presses on the surrounding cells and causes them to die. Other parts of the brain may be starved for blood due to this rupture, causing further cell death. Hemorrhagic strokes may be caused by many factors, including high blood pressure and naturally weak spots in the blood vessels inside the brain.
Emergency treatment is needed to reduce the damage caused by a stroke. At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, our experienced physicians and surgeons provide state-of-the-art care for strokes, heart attacks, burns, seizures, and other illnesses. You can learn more by contacting a physician at (772) 828-2486 or by clicking through our comprehensive website.
Last updated 16 days ago
Heart and vascular disease remain the top causes of death among American adults. Today, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer AngioScreen, a fast and easy cardiovascular screening that could save your life.
This video explains that AngioScreen is a six-minute test that looks for risk factors linked to heart disease and stroke. Your physician can assess your risk for these conditions and help you make positive lifestyle changes long before symptoms appear.
If you’d like to learn more about AngioScreen or find out when a mobile screening will be available in your area, call Lawnwood Regional Medical Center at (772) 828-2486. Our Lawnwood Heart Institute offers screening, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of heart attacks and other cardiovascular disease in Fort Pierce, FL. Click through our website to learn more about our first-rate medical services.
Last updated 18 days ago
A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted, causing cells inside the brain to die. Strokes are the fourth leading cause of death in the U.S., killing around 130,000 people each year. Learning how to spot a stroke can help you save someone’s life, as fast diagnosis and treatment can lead to a healthy recovery.
Face Drooping or Muscle Weakness
Strokes often affect the nerves and muscles on one side of the body. This can cause paralysis or weakness on one side of the face, in one arm, or in one leg. If you suspect that a friend or loved one is experiencing a stroke, ask him to smile. Do both corners of his lips turn upward, or does one side of his mouth droop or seem slack? Additionally, ask your loved one to raise both arms over his head; muscle weakness due to a stroke will cause one arm to drift downward. Changes in walking gait can also signal a stroke.
A stroke may affect the speech center of the brain, causing speech to become slurred, garbled, or otherwise unclear. Additionally, someone experiencing a stroke may appear confused and their speech might cease to make sense. Ask your friend or loved one to repeat a simple sentence—if he cannot repeat the sentence clearly and correctly, he could be having a stroke and will require medical treatment immediately.
Headache and Difficulty Seeing
Strokes can sometimes cause a sudden, sharp, and disorienting headache. Pain may be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. A stroke can also cause sudden visual disturbances that include double vision, blurred vision, and blackened vision that may affect one or both eyes.
Lawnwood Regional Medical Center offers emergency care as well as recovery and rehabilitation services following a stroke. We are a certified Primary Stroke Center, offering the latest protocols and treatments for strokes, heart attacks, and more. Please call (772) 828-2486 or visit our website to learn more important information about your health.