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.

Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

The term “breast cancer” refers to many forms of cancer that affect the tissues of the breast. Breast cancer may manifest one or more symptoms and affect the look or feel of the breasts. If you have any questions about the health of your breasts, schedule a visit with your physician for a professional exam. 

Signs and Symptoms of Breast Cancer

Changes in Breast Appearance

Breast cancer may cause changes in the appearance of your breasts or nipples. These changes include redness, dimpling, pitting, or scaling of the skin on the breast. Breast cancer often causes the pores to enlarge and the skin to dimple, similar to the appearance of an orange peel. Changes in the nipple, such as inversion, may also be a sign of cancer. Shrinkage or other sudden shifts in the size or shape of one breast relative to the other should also be brought to the attention of your healthcare provider. 


One of the most well-known symptoms of breast cancer is a lump in the tissue of the breast. While not all breast lumps are indicative of cancer, it’s important to bring the appearance of any new lumps or a change in existing lumps to the attention of your doctor for proper identification. Keep in mind that lumps may be near or on the nipple or under your armpit.

Nipple Discharge

Discharge from the nipple when you are not breastfeeding could be a sign of breast cancer. Let your physician know if you are experiencing nipple discharge, particularly if it is clear or bloody. Milky discharge, while usually not a sign of cancer, should also be brought to the attention of your doctor.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center offers women’s health and imaging services to diagnose and treat issues that affect your breasts and body. Call us today at (772) 461-4000 to speak with a physician or to schedule a mammogram or other healthcare service. You can learn more about breast cancer and other important women’s health issues on our website.  

How CPR Saves Lives

The heart is an essential organ that circulates blood throughout the body. Cardiac arrest is a medical emergency that can happen to anyone at any time, but quick action can save lives.

During a heart attack, every second counts. The longer the heart and body go without oxygen, the more tissues become damaged. CPR can double or even triple the chances of a successful recovery after a sudden heart attack. You can learn more about how CPR saves lives and what you can do to become certified by watching this short video.

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, our Heart Institute offers both emergency and routine heart care. You can learn more about our dedicated physicians by calling (772) 461-4000. Visit our website for more information about our first-rate hospital care services in Fort Pierce, FL.

Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

Falls among the elderly are a common concern. One in every three adults over the age of 65 suffers from a fall every year. Older adults frequently sustain significant injuries from falls, including broken bones, bruises, and concussion. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center’s Physical Rehabilitation Center provides treatment for fall injuries and physical therapy to minimize the risk of future injury. 

Preventing Falls Among Older Adults

Exercise Regularly

Regular exercise builds muscle strength and stability to prevent falls among the elderly. Talk to your physician about designing a fitness program around your needs and ability level. Focus on exercises you enjoy, because you are more likely to maintain these activities.

Maintain Good Vision

Good vision is an important part of fall prevention. Visit your eye care specialist regularly for eye exams. If you have special vision needs, maintain regular treatment to prevent vision problems that might cause a fall. Wear sunglasses when out of doors to reduce glare that could cause disorientation or failure to spot a tripping hazard.

Practice Balance

Good balance can significantly reduce the likelihood of a fall. Practice some easy balance exercises on a regular basis to build coordination and stability. If you are concerned about your fitness level, talk to your physician about modifications you can make to perform these exercises safely and effectively.

Minimize Hazards

Minimizing tripping hazards in the home is an easy way to prevent falls and injuries. Check flooring for damage and repair loose floorboards or carpeting. Place slip-resistant mats on tile in the kitchen or bathroom, and install handrails near toilets, showers, and tubs. Minimize clutter in the home and remove extension cords or other loose items that could cause a fall.

Falls are a serious risk factor for the elderly, but the Lawnwood Regional Medical center can help you get back on your feet and prevent injuries in the future. Click through our website to learn more about physical therapy and the other treatments we offer throughout our healthcare facility. Please call (772) 461-4000 to speak with a physician or set up an appointment today.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Included on The Joint Commission's Top Performers List

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Lawnwood Regional Medical Center was listed as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. HCA announced that 80 percent of its hospitals made the list.

“This distinction by The Joint Commission is significant because the measures they use to determine Top Performers are based on scientific evidence about practices that lead to better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer and President of the Company’s Clinical and Physician Services Group. “We are pleased that 80 percent of our hospitals have been recognized for their clinical excellence and are listed among the top U.S. hospitals.”

Hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list met the following criteria: First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability data for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital also met a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

To view the full list of Top Performers, click here, and for more information about Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, visit our website.

Proper Usage of Halloween Contact Lenses

Decorative contacts offer added flair for an unforgettable Halloween costume. These contacts can be used to change the color or appearance of the eyes, but proper usage is important to prevent eye injuries.

This video explains that decorative contacts require a prescription for safe use, even if you are not using them to correct your vision. Always use decorative contacts under the supervision of your eye or health care provider. Improper usage of these contacts can result in abrasions or ulcers on the cornea and vision impairment. If you experience eye pain or changes in your vision, contact your physician or optometrist.


Lawnwood Regional Medical Center supports safe, healthy Halloween fun. Contact us today at (772) 461-4000 for more information about our healthcare services in Fort Pierce, FL, including opthamology. You can find more health and safety tips on our website. 

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