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.

Risk Factors of Heart Disease

Could you be putting yourself at risk for heart disease? This condition can develop from both non-controllable and controllable factors. While you can’t do anything to change your family history of this condition, many risk factors can be greatly reduced or eliminated with alternate lifestyle choices. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center urges Treasure Coast residents to contact our facility for more information on how to lower their heart disease risk factors.

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Drinking Too Much Alcohol

Studies have determined that inordinate alcohol consumption can impact one’s chances of getting heart disease. If you drink too much, you can increase the likelihood of plaque buildup in your arteries. You may also heighten your blood pressure. Both of these conditions can cause heart disease issues.

Putting Off Exercise

How often do you exercise? Physical fitness is imperative for good cardiovascular health. When you work out on a regular basis, you strengthen your heart muscles and reduce the amount of unhealthy cholesterol particles in your circulatory system. A consistent exercise schedule also helps you burn calories and keep your weight under control. All of these positive side effects of physical activity can promote better heart health and ward off future disease.

Smoking Cigarettes

If you have never smoked a cigarette, don’t start. If you currently smoke, contact your nearest healthcare facility for smoking cessation recommendations. Smoking has long been linked to pulmonary problems, and it can also affect your cardiovascular wellbeing. As with excessive drinking, smoking can negatively impact your blood pressure and arterial health. The contaminants from cigarettes can also compromise your body’s ability to use oxygen. To significantly diminish your chances for heart disease, stop your smoking habits as soon as possible.

Did you know that heart disease is responsible more American fatalities than any other illness? That’s why Lawnwood Regional Medical Center wants you to take control of your cardiovascular health. To find out more about what you can do to avoid heart disease, call (772) 461-4000 or visit our website. 

Recognizing Signs of a Heart Attack

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency during which time and proper treatment are of the essence. Heart disease remains the number one cause of death in the United States, with a heart attack occurring once every 34 seconds. Learning to recognize the signs of a heart attack can speed the care process and reduce damage to the heart muscle. Never hesitate to seek emergency care if you suspect you or someone you love is suffering from a heart attack. 

Recognizing Signs of a Heart Attack - Lawnwood Regional Medical Center

Chest or Upper Body Pain

Chest pain is one of the most classically-recognized symptoms of a heart attack. However, some people experience chest fullness, squeezing, pressure, or heaviness rather than pronounced pain. Some report the feeling that a rope is being tightened around the upper body from behind. Pain may also radiate outward from the chest, affecting the shoulders, arms, neck, and jaw. Women experience pain or stiffness in the upper body more often than chest pain, so it’s important to pay attention to these signs. In some cases, abdominal discomfort that may be mistaken for indigestion may also occur.

Shortness of Breath and Dizziness

Many heart attack victims report feeling out of breath or fatigued during a cardiac event. Feeling lightheaded, dizzy, disoriented, or as though you can’t catch your breath while sitting still could all be signs of a heart attack. Heart attacks may also cause cold sweats, fainting, nausea, and vomiting. Often these signs are overlooked or mistaken for a less serious condition, such as the flu. However, if there is any question as to the source of your symptoms, see a medical professional immediately.

The Lawnwood Heart Institute provides a wide range of cardiovascular care services, including heart attack treatment, surgery, and heart smart nutritional counseling. Contact Lawnwood Regional Medical Center by calling (772) 461-4000 or clicking on our web contact form to get the answers you need about your health. You can find more information about the health of your heart and your body on our blog.

Breast Cancer Statistics

Breast Cancer Statistics

All types of cancer that affect the cells in the breast tissue are called breast cancer. Breast cancer is second only to non-melanoma skin cancer in occurrence among women in the United States, affecting 123.1 women out of every 100,000. In the year 2009, 211,731 new cases of breast cancer were diagnosed in the United States. During that same year, 40,676 women died from breast cancer. The risk of developing breast cancer increases with a woman’s age. Out of all American women who are 60 today, three to four out of every 100 will develop breast cancer in the next ten years. Breast cancer screening is most often done using an X-ray imaging diagnostic called a mammogram. On average, 72% of women between the ages of 50-74 report having a mammogram within the past two years.

If you’d like to learn more about breast cancer or schedule a breast exam or mammogram, call Lawnwood Regional Medical Center at (772) 461-4000. Our physicians provide a wide range of women’s health and imaging services, including X-rays, CT scans, and MRIs. Click through our website to learn more about our facilities.   

Patient's Guide to Traumatic Brain Injury [INFOGRAPHIC]

Traumatic brain injuries can happen to anyone, of any age, at any time. Some traumatic brain injuries are minor and require little more than rest, while others are very serious and could lead to permanent brain damage. When it comes to caring for a traumatic brain injury, timing is everything. Fast care can help prevent long-term complications. Learn about the causes and treatments of traumatic brain injuries, as well as how you can prevent them, with this infographic from Lawnwood Regional Medical Center in Fort Pierce. Our trauma center has neurosurgeons on staff to care for pediatric and adult patients quickly. We also offer in-patient rehabilitation, children’s services, and treatments for everything from heart attacks to depression. Knowing what to do after a traumatic brain injury can make all the difference. Arm your friends and family with the information they need to stay safe by sharing this infographic.  


An Overview of Computer Eye Strain

The 21st century is often called the digital age. Nearly 70% of Americans use a computer at work, and 90% of American homes have at least one computer. While using computers will not permanently harm the health of your eyes, it can cause strain that results in dryness, irritation, and headache. 

An Overview of Computer Eye Strain - Lawnwood Regional Medical Center

What Causes Computer Eye Strain?

Blinking is an essential component of your eyes’ health. When you blink, your body cleanses and moisturizes the eyes. Although human blink rates vary greatly, on average you blink about 18 times per minute. However, studies have shown that working on a computer reduce your blink rate by half. When you blink less, your eyes aren’t properly moisturized or cleaned, leading to the symptoms of computer eye strain.

What Are the Symptoms of Computer Eye Strain?

The most common symptoms of eye strain related to computer use include dry, irritated, or itchy eyes. Your eyes may also feel heavy or tired. When watching video on a computer, you may also develop a headache or minor disorientation.

What Can I Do to Prevent Computer Eye Strain?

Computer eye strain can be easily prevented with a few simple changes to your posture and habits. Sit so that your eyes are at least 25 inches from your screen. Use proper lighting levels and place light sources to reduce glare on your screen and ease the strain on your eyes. Pause in your computer work once every 20 minutes and shift your gaze to an object about 20 feet away. Look at that object for 20 seconds before resuming your work. If your eyes feel dry or irritated, use artificial tears or lubricating eyedrops to relieve these symptoms. Wearing glasses rather than contacts when working on the computer can also reduce the symptoms of eye strain.

For healthy eyes and a healthy body, call Lawnwood Regional Medical Center at (772) 461-4000. Our hospital is a recognized leader in many medical fields, including surgery, heart care, and children’s intensive care. Visit our website for more information about our staff and services. 

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