Lawnwood Regional Medical Center & Heart Institute
With our leading surgeons, heart institute, Level 2 NICU and PICU and our other first-rate services, we are dedicated to providing quality care and improving the health of the communities we serve.

Debunking Pregnancy Myths

Before major breakthroughs in medical science, people had a lot of strange ideas about pregnancy. Though modern doctors have a much better understanding of pregnancy and the human body, many myths persist among the general public. To ensure more healthy pregnancies, Lawnwood Regional Medical Center wishes to debunk a few common myths

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You must significantly increase your caloric intake

You’ve likely heard the myth that pregnant women need to “eat for two.” Though people usually say this to be humorous, some pregnant women take this advice seriously and eat considerably more than they otherwise would. In fact, an unborn child does not require many calories, even near the end of the pregnancy. Doctors recommend that women increase their diet by no more than 300 calories a day, and some overweight women should even reduce their caloric intake.

You must sleep on your back during pregnancy

There are a lot of opinions about how pregnant women should sleep. Some say that it’s best for pregnant women to sleep on their back, while others say it doesn’t matter how a pregnant woman sleeps. While sleeping on one’s back is fine for the first trimester, it can put pressure on an important artery later on in the pregnancy. To ensure ample blood flow, doctors recommend that pregnant women sleep on their side.

An epidural slows down the delivery process

Women refuse epidural anesthesia for a variety of reasons. Some say it takes away from the natural purity of the experience, while others insist that it slows down the delivery process. However, there is no evidence to support the slowing effects of an epidural. On the contrary—the painkilling effects of anesthesia allow the mother to relax and may actually speed up the process.

The next time you hear a strange claim about pregnancy, run it by the medical professionals at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center of Fort Pierce. Call (772) 461-4000 to speak with a representative from our women’s health team or visit our website to learn about our NICU. 

A Look at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center's Cardiac Cath Lab

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The Heart Institute at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive services to address our patients’ most pressing cardiovascular issues. We have an on-site cath lab that has been open since 1988 for cases that require catheterization assistance. A catheter allows physicians direct access to the arteries for treatment. By inserting a small tube into the artery, hospital staff can perform a number of cardiovascular procedures. In cases where the artery has an obstruction or is at risk for collapse, a catheter can provide entry for an angioplasty or stent procedure. Our cath lab also allows doctors to view real-time imagery of our patients’ hearts. This can help our physicians better understand our patients’ conditions and provide the best treatment measures to address their problems.

If you suffer a major heart issue, the Heart Institute at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center can help. As the first to provide service on the Treasure Coast, our dedicated cardiovascular department can provide both preventative and treatment assistance for your health and recovery. Call (772) 461-4000 or visit our website to find out more about how our facilities serve Fort Pierce residents. 

What Are the Symptoms of Stroke?

Even if a stroke is not fatal, it can forever change a person’s future health. Side effects can cause severe disability for those who suffer a stroke, leaving them unable to speak, see, or perform simple tasks. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center hopes to spread greater awareness about stroke to help victims and their loved ones avoid the debilitating complications it can produce. 


Acute Headache

If a loved one mentions a sudden headache that has no apparent cause, do not ignore his complaint. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel blockage or rupture prevents blood from reaching an area in the brain. As a result, extreme pain can develop as a stroke is happening. Consult an emergency medicine expert for further assistance if a friend or family member has this problem.

Verbal Communication Difficulties

Because blood may be obstructed to the part of the brain that controls speech, a loved one may be unable to talk or understand your verbal cues. If you notice that he suddenly cannot respond to your prompts, or he replies with a slur, he could be experiencing a stroke. Do not wait for his communication abilities to return; seek immediate emergency help.

Body Paralysis

Perhaps the most recognized stroke symptom is body paralysis. In many people, the inability to move their arms or legs occurs on one side of the body. To determine if stroke might be affecting a loved one’s motor function, ask him to raise his arms. If he cannot adequately raise one arm, go to the emergency room as soon as possible.

Time is crucial when a loved one suffers a stroke. The quicker you get help, the better his chances are of avoiding permanent disability. To speak with a representative at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center about our Primary Stroke Certification or treatment services, call our Fort Pierce facility at (772) 461-4000. In the event of an emergency, use our Text ER service to stay up to date on ER wait times. 

Recognizing the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

Knowing the symptoms of a heart attack could save your life. This video describes the most common signs of this condition.

Sudden chest pain can point to a heart attack. However, pain may develop elsewhere in the body with or without chest discomfort. Many people suffer pain in the shoulders, back, arms, and stomach. Nausea can be indicative of a heart attack, too. Another symptom of a heart attack is breathing trouble. If you experience any of these problems separately or together, seek emergency help. If left untreated, a heart attack can be fatal.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center can help you successfully recover from a heart attack. Call our Fort Piece facility at (772) 461-4000 to learn more about our emergency care and heart attack surgery services. 

Tips for Protecting Your Eyes While Playing Sports

Being physically active is an important component of a healthy lifestyle. However, it can make you susceptible to any number of accidents, including eye injuries. Eye injuries can be incredibly painful and lead to permanent vision loss. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center encourages individuals of all ages to take care of their eyesight by adhering to the following eye protection tips:

Tips for Protecting Your Eyes While Playing Sports - LRMC

Wear Goggles

It doesn’t take much to sustain an eye injury. Even non-contact sports such as tennis or badminton can present the potential for harm. Consider the ramifications of having a 90-mile-per-hour tennis ball make direct contact with your eye. That’s why the National Eye Institute recommends that participants in more than a dozen sports wear sports goggles at all times to avoid unanticipated injuries from contact with another player or piece of equipment.

Put on a Helmet

Some sports demand more comprehensive eye protection. In contact sports, such as football, a pair of goggles can easily slide off the player’s face in the middle of a tackle, leaving him vulnerable to injury. Should a hockey player go onto the ice without any eye protection, a puck to the face could cause severe injury to both the eye and eye socket. These sports are just two examples of activities that require helmet protection.

Use a Face Shield

For additional protection, some athletes may want to consider a face shield. Though a helmet can block a high percentage of blows that might produce an eye injury, they cannot completely eliminate the chances of a hand or finger breaching the open region of the helmet and injuring the eye. A shield can prove instrumental in giving athletes ultimate protection and safeguarding their vision.

If you or a loved one suffers from an eye injury, don’t hesitate to call Lawnwood Regional Medical Center at (772) 461-4000. Our Fort Pierce emergency care department can quickly attend to your immediate medical needs. You can also contact our hospital or visit our website to find out our current ER wait times.

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