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    Reducing Your Risk of Heart Attack

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women. However, you don’t have to be part of that statistic. Making lifestyle changes is the most powerful way to reduce the risk of heart attack so you can enjoy good health for life. You can help yourself avoid the need for emergency care for heart attacks and other heart-health complications by adopting these changes.

    Stop Smoking

    One of the leading causes of heart attacks is smoking. In fact, smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health, period. Although it can be difficult to quit smoking, it’s easier than recovering from a heart attack. Ask your doctor for help if you’re ready to quit. There are many tools that can help, from therapy to medications to reduce your cravings. If your loved ones smoke, encourage them to protect their heart health by joining you in your quest to quit.

    Maintain a Healthy Weight

    Being overweight not only makes your heart work harder, but also increases your risk of complications that boost your odds of having a heart attack. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and type 2 diabetes are all risk factors for heart disease—and they are all associated with excess weight. To keep your weight in check, adopt a healthy diet filled with fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. Also aim to be physically active every day. In addition to aiding with weight control, a nutritious diet and regular exercise routine support good heart health in their own rights.

    Control Stress

    Stress takes a significant toll on your heart health. Stress itself can strain your heart, and it may lead to other activities that also impact your cardiac wellbeing. When you’re under stress, you may overeat, begin smoking or increase the amount you smoke, or drink alcohol excessively. If you need help with stress management tips, talk to your doctor.

    If you experience the symptoms of a heart attack, seek emergency care immediately at South Bay Hospital. In addition to our cardiovascular care, our Sun City Center hospital provides quality cancer care, stroke care, hip replacements, and more. To get more information, call (888) 685-1595. 

    InterStim Therapy at South Bay Hospital

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Bladder control problems can interfere with your daily life and leave you feeling self-conscious. The good news is that there is a new solution for people facing this disruptive problem—InterStim therapy.

    With InterStim therapy, electrical charges stimulate the nerves around the bladder to promote better control. After an initial period with an external system, an internal system can be placed so patients can gain ongoing control over their bladders.

    If you’re interested in InterStim therapy, ask your physician for a referral to South Bay Hospital. Our Sun City Center hospital offers a range of cutting-edge therapies, including InterStim therapy, anterior approach hip replacement, vascular care, and stroke care. To learn more, call us at (888) 685-1595.

    The Risk Factors for Colorectal Cancer

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Colorectal cancer is a cancer of the colon or rectum that is usually caused by health problems attributed to bad diet. Obesity—especially in men—and heavy meat consumption can put one at risk, as can habits like drinking and smoking. Age and various genetic factors are also linked to the disease. Here is a closer look at the risk factors for colorectal cancer.

    Dietary Risks

    Eating greasy foods with a high fat content, including red meat like beef, pork, and lamb and processed meats such as hot dogs and bologna, can increase your risk of developing colorectal cancer, especially when such meats are fried or broiled at high temperatures. On the other hand, foods high in vitamins and other nutrients, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, can decrease your risk of developing colorectal cancer.

    Genetic Risks

    The chances of developing colorectal cancer increase with age. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 90 percent of those diagnosed are over age 50. A family history of colorectal cancer, adenomatous polyps, or inflammatory bowel disease, or any personal history of the last two, can also put you more at risk for developing colorectal cancer. Conditions such as Turcot syndrome, Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, and type 2 diabetes could also make you more prone to developing colorectal cancer.

    Speculated Risks

    For reasons that have not been identified, African-Americans and Jewish individuals of East-European ancestry have accounted for a disproportionate number of colorectal cancer cases. There have also been less conclusive studies that have linked the disease—especially among women—to semi-regular night-shift work over a significant span of years. Men who've survived cancers of the testicles or prostate might also be more prone to colorectal cancer; this has been partly attributed to radiation treatments for the other cancers.

    If you are concerned about your own risks of developing colorectal cancer, speak with the healthcare specialists at South Bay Hospital. Our staff provides comprehensive cancer care and treatment services for residents throughout Sun City Center. For more information about our services, call us at (888) 685-1595.

     

    Reasons to Consider a Hip Replacement

    Last updated 1 year ago

    The hip joint is one of the most crucial parts of the body because people rely on it to stand and walk. If the hip bones give way due to injury or disease, pain caused by inflammation, or degeneration brought on by age, a hip replacement might be the best option. However, there are various things to know and steps to consider before deciding on hip replacement surgery. Continue reading to find out more.

    Disease

    The biggest reason for hip replacement surgery is osteoarthritis, a painful condition where joint cartilage deteriorates and causes bones to rub together. Other reasons could stem from hip damage caused by conditions like osteonecrosis and rheumatoid arthritis. The former occurs when a bone dies due to an insufficient blood supply, and the latter develops when a joint's membranes are attacked by the body's immune system.

    Pain

    Initial treatments that doctors recommend for hip pain often include walking aids and pain relievers. The analgesic acetaminophen is often recommended for pain without inflammation, while those who suffer from inflammation are often prescribed ibuprofen or naproxen—though not in combination—and sometimes acetaminophen. For some patients, more powerful medicines like tramadol, corticosteroids, or a combination of acetaminophen and narcotic codeine may be prescribed.

    Age

    Anyone who considers undergoing a hip replacement is usually referred to an orthopaedic surgeon for a physical examination. While the surgery is most common among those aged 60 to 80, an increasing number of people below that age bracket are also turning to hip replacement to end pain and restore leg function. Hip replacement surgery may not be the best option for people who are prone to infection or those who suffer from Parkinson's or degenerative muscle disease.

    If you are considering the option of hip replacement, South Bay Hospital is the place to learn whether this type of surgery will be right for you. We offer care to people from all around Sun Center City. You can learn more about our surgical and orthopedic services by calling (888) 685-1595.

    Spotting the Signs of Stroke

    Last updated 1 year ago

    Strokes are the nation's third leading cause of death, and they generally occur when the brain's blood supply is interrupted. The leading causes of stroke include high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Behaviors that increase a person’s risk of suffering a stroke include smoking and not getting regular exercise. The warning signs of a stroke include sudden headache, dizziness, numbness, and a sudden inability to comprehend others or see in one or both eyes. The causes and symptoms of stroke are further discussed in this video.

    To find out whether you may be at a heightened risk for a stroke, talk to the healthcare experts at South Bay Hospital. Our Sun City Center hospital provides diagnostic and treatment services for stroke, cancer, and other serious health conditions. Learn more about our services by calling (888) 685-1595 today.




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