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.

Knowing What Type of Medical Care Your Child Needs

Facing a child’s medical issue is a nerve-wracking experience for parents. You can ease some of the stress of the situation by knowing when to go to a pediatric ER for care and when to see your pediatrician instead. The decision is not always an easy one, so if you are ever in doubt, seek ER care. Here are some tips for deciding which kind of medical care will be right for your child.

When to Call 911

In some cases, calling 911 is the best way to react to a medical crisis. If your child has stopped breathing, has a neck or spine injury, experiences a seizure that lasts for more than three minutes, or is bleeding uncontrollably, 911 can provide the fastest medical care. An ambulance will get you to a pediatric ER quickly, and your child will receive medical attention in transit from first responders.

When to Go to the ER

Your child likely needs emergency care if he or she is experiencing a severe allergic reaction, has a deep wound or serious burn, or has a high fever that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medicines or that is accompanied by a stiff neck. Emergency care is also required for broken bones, breathing difficulties, throwing up blood, and when dehydration is possible. Choose a hospital with a pediatric ER so he or she gets specialized care with kid-friendly equipment.

When to Call the Pediatrician

A visit to the pediatrician is usually appropriate for common childhood illnesses, low fevers, and minor injuries. Your pediatrician can advise you to seek emergency care if necessary when you call for an appointment.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive children’s services in Treasure Coast, including a pediatric ER and newborn care. Choose us for kid-friendly emergency care, and let us help you find the right pediatrics specialist for your little one. Call us today at (772) 461-4000 for more information.

Medical Screening Tests to Consider During June's Men's Health Week

The week just prior to Father’s Day has been recognized as National Men’s Health Week for the past couple of decades. This year, men are encouraged to become better informed of the health issues that can affect them. Being a proactive advocate for your own wellness is a good way to reduce your risk of potential problems. For example, by asking your doctor about routine screening exams, you may be less likely to end up in the emergency care department later on. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center encourages men in our community to support men’s health awareness during June.

Blood Pressure Check

Healthcare providers routinely check patients’ blood pressure during every office appointment and ER visit. But many men are in the habit of avoiding doctor visits whenever possible and they might not necessarily know if their blood pressure levels are healthy. Consider scheduling an annual physical exam this June, during which your provider will explain whether your blood pressure is within a good range. High blood pressure increases your risk of a number of health problems, including stroke.

Cholesterol Test

Men with high cholesterol are at an increased risk of heart attacks, peripheral artery disease (PAD), and stroke. Consider asking your doctor if you should have a blood test to check your cholesterol levels. Generally, cholesterol tests are recommended every five years for men ages 35 and older. However, if you have certain risk factors, your doctor may recommend screening earlier and more frequently.

Prostate Cancer Screening

Men can undergo screening for prostate cancer at a routine annual wellness appointment. The doctor can perform a digital rectal exam (DRE) to check for prostate enlargement and other abnormalities. This exam generally takes less than one minute. Men might also consider asking their doctors whether a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test may be appropriate for them. There are benefits and drawbacks to having this screening test, which your doctor can explain to you.

Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is your source for comprehensive preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic care. In addition to regular screening exams for men, our hospital offers women’s services, behavioral health, and heart care for patients in the Treasure Coast region. If you would like to request a referral to a doctor, you may call our Consult-A-Nurse line at 1.800.382.3522.

What Happens to Your Heart During a Heart Attack?

The heart is an incredibly strong organ. Over the course of a day, it may pump as much as 2,000 gallons of blood. But over time, a person’s heart health can become compromised by factors such as a sedentary lifestyle, cigarette smoking, and poor dietary choices. These risk factors can contribute to a heart attack, which is always a life-threatening emergency that demands immediate heart care. If you do suffer a heart attack or you’ve been told that you’re at risk of it, the heart care specialists at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center can give you the answers you need.

Blood Obstruction

Over the years, atherosclerosis can develop. Fatty substances known as plaque can build up on the interior walls of the arteries, which restrict the amount of space the blood has to move through these vessels. Eventually, a plaque may become damaged and rupture. The same bodily response that works to stop bleeding from cuts on your skin goes to work on the ruptured plaque. Platelets rush to the plaque and form a blood clot. If it’s large enough, this blood clot can completely obstruct blood flow through the artery, starving one section of your heart of the life-sustaining blood it needs.

Cell Death

When the heart muscle is starved of blood, it’s also starved of oxygen. The lack of oxygen will cause the heart cells to die. Unless you receive emergency care, you might die from ventricular fibrillation or heart failure. If the heart cannot pump enough blood to the rest of the body, including the brain, then those cells will begin to die.

Scar Tissue Formation

Once you arrive at the ER, the heart care team will immediately get to work restoring blood flow to the heart. However, the dead heart cells will never regenerate. Instead, this part of the heart forms scar tissue, which cannot work as well as normal heart tissue.

The Heart Institute at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is dedicated to saving lives. When patients arrive at our ER in Treasure Coast with symptoms of a heart attack, they are rapidly evaluated and treated with the latest cardiac intervention techniques. Please call 911 now if you think you’re having a heart attack; non-emergent questions about our Heart Institute may be directed to a registered nurse at (772) 461-4000.

Could Bronchial Thermoplasty Relieve Your Severe Asthma Symptoms?

Patients with severe asthma, which is a chronic inflammatory disease, may suffer from reduced quality of life and may sometimes need emergency care for asthma attacks. Asthma symptoms can inhibit a person’s work productivity, exercise capacity, and enjoyment of leisure activities. There are medications available to manage asthma symptoms. Unfortunately, these drugs may not work well for all patients. As an alternative, patients might consider a procedure known as bronchial thermoplasty. Lawnwood Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer bronchial thermoplasty to our patients throughout Treasure Coast. A physician at our state-of-the-art medical center will help you consider whether this procedure might be right for you.

Are you a good candidate for the procedure?

Many people with asthma can effectively manage their symptoms with medications such as long-acting beta-agonists and inhaled corticosteroids. However, if these drugs do not work well for you and you’re at least 18 years of age with severe asthma symptoms, you might be a good candidate for bronchial thermoplasty. This procedure may also be an option for individuals who experience severe or troublesome side effects from asthma medications.

Do you understand what the procedure involves?

Before deciding to have this treatment, your doctor will help you understand exactly what it involves. Bronchial thermoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under anesthesia. The doctor gently places a bronchoscope through the mouth or nose. The bronchoscope emits radiofrequency energy, which heats the muscle mass of the airways. In doing so, the muscle mass thins, which allows for greater respiratory capacity and reduces the risk of airway narrowing. Generally, patients require three sessions of bronchial thermoplasty, each lasting about 30 to 60 minutes. It’s important for patients to discuss the potential risks of this asthma treatment with their physicians before deciding whether to try it.

At Lawnwood Regional Medical Center, our surgical services team in our Treasure Coast facility upholds the highest standards of patient safety. In addition to bronchial thermoplasty, we provide a full range of nonsurgical and surgical treatment options for patients with chronic and acute conditions. Call 1.800.382.3522 or visit us online to explore our service lines, including wound care, orthopedics and heart care.

Challenging Myths About Behavioral Health in Honor of Mental Health Month

It’s common knowledge that having an autoimmune disease or congenital heart defect is not reflective of a character flaw. Yet, the thought that mental health disorders are somehow indicative of moral weakness is a misconception that is still far too prevalent. In truth, a mental illness is a health condition like any other, which may require medical intervention and may sometimes even require emergency care. The Treasure Coast Behavioral Healthcare at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center encourages our neighbors to become better informed about the realities of living with a mental disorder.

Myth: Recovery Is a Question of Willpower

Mental illnesses are real health conditions that often require medical treatment to overcome or manage. It isn’t a question of “snapping out of” depression and anxiety or using willpower to break free of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Many people with mental health disorders can benefit from behavioral health interventions such as medications and psychotherapy.

Myth: Family Members Can’t Help

When a loved one struggles with a mental health disorder, family members and friends may sometimes feel helpless. It can be difficult to know how to help someone with a mental illness and sometimes the symptoms of mental illness can be difficult for family members to cope with. But the family does play an important role in the recognition and treatment of mental health disorders. If you suspect that a loved one may be suffering from depression, anxiety, or another mental health disorder, you can help by offering a sympathetic ear and by connecting the individual with behavioral health services.

Myth: Mental Illnesses Usually Cause Violence

Only a very small percentage of violent acts are caused by individuals with mental health disorders. Most people who are living with behavioral health issues aren’t any more likely to inflict acts of violence than those who do not have these issues.

For compassionate and comprehensive behavioral healthcare in the Treasure Coast, you can count on Lawnwood Regional Medical Center. Our behavioral health providers respond to psychiatric emergencies, conduct assessments on a 24/7 basis, and offer both inpatient and outpatient treatment services. If you or a loved one requires emergency care for a psychiatric situation, please call 911 or go to the emergency room. Non-emergent inquiries can be directed to 1-800-382-3522.

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