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    Surprising News About Kids' Heart Health

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Contrary to popular belief, children and teens are susceptible to heart trouble often associated with older adults. Evidence has shown that individuals often begin to accumulate fatty plaques in the arteries during childhood, which worsens over time and can contribute to coronary artery disease (CAD) later in life.

    Learn more about kids’ heart health by watching this public service announcement. You’ll learn of a study that reveals an alarming statistic about cardiovascular problems in children as young as 12 to 15 years of age. You’ll also hear about two important steps to take to encourage heart health in your kids.

    Childrens Services at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive healthcare services, including our state-of-the-art  Level III NICU, Pediatric ER and PICU. Families in the Fort Pierce community are invited to learn more about our children’s services by calling (772) 828-2486.

    What Is Psychotic Depression?

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Mental health issues, such as depression, are much more than just occasional feelings of sadness. They require medical treatment from a behavioral health expert. This is particularly true when an individual has a dual diagnosis of depression and another psychological health challenges, such as substance abuse or psychosis. If you or a loved one begins to experience the symptoms of psychotic depression, it’s imperative to get help right away to prevent the possibility of self-harm or suicide.


    Psychotic depression is a type of major depressive disorder. It may also occur in those with bipolar disorder. A behavioral health expert will diagnose psychotic depression if an individual displays symptoms of both major depression and psychosis.

    Signs and Symptoms

    Those with major depressive disorder often suffer from symptoms such as irritability, lingering feelings of sadness or worthlessness, and changes in diet, sleep and energy. Without treatment, depression can worsen and an individual may become psychotic, experiencing symptoms that indicate a break from reality. These can include hallucinations and delusions. If your loved one is suffering from psychosis, it may be difficult or confusing to communicate with him or her. You might notice that your loved one neglects self-care activities, becomes angry without cause or exhibits illogical thinking patterns.

    Treatment Options

    Help is available for those with psychotic depression. Often inpatient care may be recommended, particularly if the individual has exhibited self-harm tendencies. Usually, a mental health professional will prescribe antipsychotic medications and psychotherapy. Sometimes, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) may be recommended.

    Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital with comprehensive healthcare services, including mental health professionals with extensive experiencing in treating depression and psychotic depression. If you or a loved one is suffering from psychological health issues, turn to the caring experts at our community hospital for help. If you have any general questions, feel free to give us a call at (772) 828-2486.

    Understanding Traumatic Brain Injury

    Last updated 23 days ago

    There are many reasons why a person might go to the local emergency room, such as experiencing symptoms of a possible heart attack or severe psychological health issues. It’s also important to seek emergency care if you or a loved one have suffered an injury to the head. Since some of the symptoms of a traumatic brain injury (TBI) can develop long after the incident, it’s best to err on the side of caution and seek medical help, even if the injury appears mild at first.

    Common Causes

    Among young children and senior citizens, a TBI is often the result of a fall. Those in military service are at risk of sustaining a TBI due to explosive blasts. Other common causes of a TBI include sports injuries, particularly from activities such as football and hockey, in addition to motor vehicle collisions and acts of violence.

    Physical Health Issues

    There are a wide range of physical symptoms that can arise from a TBI. Upon sustaining the injury, the individual may lose consciousness. Some of the symptoms associated with a mild TBI include headache, nausea, dizziness and changes in sleeping habits. With a moderate or severe TBI, these symptoms are also possible, along with convulsions, loss of coordination, weakness or numbness, pupil dilation and discharge of fluid from the nose or ears.

    Psychological Health Challenges

    TBI is associated with many mental and cognitive symptoms, including confusion, concentration impairment, depression, mood changes and anxiety. Some individuals may display unusual agitation or combativeness, while others have trouble with self-control. The symptoms of a TBI can persist on a long-term basis.

    The Treasure Coast Level II Trauma Center at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center provides prompt care with a multidisciplinary approach to those suffering from serious injuries. Our community hospital also provides outpatient and inpatient rehabilitation services, in addition to services such as mental healthcare, heart surgery, women’s healthcare and children’s services. Families in the Fort Pierce community and the surrounding areas are welcome to call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (772) 828-2486 to learn more.

    A Look at How Stress Affects Your Health

    Last updated 27 days ago

    You likely already know that taking care of your body by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly is critical for your well-being. However, your psychological health is equally as important. In fact, your psychological health directly influences your physical health—and vice versa. When you’re subjected to severe or constant stress, you’re more likely to develop unhealthy habits that can contribute to a number of health problems, including obesity, heart disease, asthma and cancer.

    Watch this amusing and informative animation to hear more about the effects of stress upon your physical health. You’ll be encouraged to visit your primary care physician and work with a psychologist to learn how to make small changes that can add up over time.

    The team at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center wants to help you achieve your physical and mental wellness goals. Call (772) 828-2486 to ask our Consult-A-Nurse referral line about our psychological health services.


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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