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    Taking Care of Your Heart at South Bay Hospital [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 3 years ago

    With so many friends and family members surrounding you, you owe it to yourself as well as those who care about you to take good care of your heart. While some risk factors for heart disease cannot be controlled, it’s up to you to make changes in your lifestyle to minimize the heart disease risk factors you can control. Give up smoking, and reduce your salt intake to help lower your blood pressure. If you have a history of heart problems or need cardiac and vascular care in Sun City Center, South Bay Hospital is here to serve you. We offer invasive and non-invasive cardiac care as well as emergency services in the event of a heart attack. Take a look at this infographic to learn more about taking good care of your heart. Please share with your friends, family, and loved ones.

    Signs and Symptoms of a Heart Attack

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When you think you may be having a heart attack, it can be unsettling. Knowing the signs and symptoms to look for can go a long way toward getting the emergency care you need quickly. Check out this short video that highlights what you need to know.

    As the video shows, chest pain and shortness of breath, combined with nausea and vomiting, are signs that you should seek emergency care for a possible heart attack immediately. Pain or numbness in the arm, back, neck, or jaw are also warning signs.

    For more information about heart attack symptoms, risk factors, and emergency care, visit us online at South Bay Hospital. You may also call (888) 685-1595 to speak to a nurse about your health questions, the services we offer, or to obtain a referral to a physician.

    Pre-Hab at South Bay Hospital

    Last updated 3 years ago

    At South Bay Hospital, we understand that preparing for surgery properly is just as crucial to your healing as post-operative care. That’s why we’ve introduce our innovative pre-hab service for orthopedic patients.

    Pre-hab consists of a number of activities and therapies designed to maximize surgical success. This includes strengthening the muscles and correcting imbalances around joints, improving flexibility and cardiopulmonary stamina, and ensuring a proper, healthy diet that aids in the body’s ability to heal. After receiving a prescription to the program from your surgeon, you’ll go through a period of 4-6 weeks of pre-hab to prepare both mentally and physically for your surgery.

    At South Bay Hospital, we are proud to offer innovative healthcare services like our pre-hab program, in addition to excellent stroke care, cancer care, neurology care, and more. If you’d like to learn more about our services and programs, or if you have general health questions, visit us online or call (888) 685-1595. 

    Debunking Common Mammogram Myths

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Mammograms seem to have an unfairly negative reputation, which causes many women to avoid getting one when needed. Obtaining a mammogram, however, can be life-saving by leading to early breast cancer detection and thus, early cancer care. Mammograms are not nearly so unpleasant as they’ve been told to be. Here’s the truth about this invaluable screening tool:

    Myth: Mammograms are painful. While it’s true that you may have some discomfort during the procedure, mammograms should not hurt. Any discomfort from the pressure is quite brief, and can be further alleviated by taking an over the counter pain reliever about an hour before your appointment. Also, if you are still having menstrual cycles, try to schedule your mammogram a few days to a week after your period when breast tissue is less sensitive.

    Myth: Mammograms expose you to dangerous levels of radiation. The radiation from a mammogram is minimal, and is less even than what you’d be exposed to on a 12-hour airplane trip.

    Myth: Mammograms are unnecessary because I have no family history or warning signs. Breast cancer does tend to be a higher risk with a family history, but that doesn’t mean that it never presents without one. In fact, only 15 percent of women diagnosed have a family history. Additionally, some types of breast cancer are incredibly aggressive, which means cancer care may not be as effective by the time you can actually feel a lump. Early detection is key, and in many situations that is only possible with mammography imaging.

    Myth: Mammograms are not affordable. If you have insurance through the Affordable Care Act, then your mammograms are free, and you’re covered under Medicare as well. But even if you don’t have either of these options, many low-cost options are available to help you get the screening you need.

    Fear of finding cancer is another big reason women avoid mammograms, but fear of the unknown is always far less than the tragedy finding out too late. At South Bay Hospital, we offer mammogram imaging and cancer care, in addition to many other healthcare services. Call (888) 685-1595 if you have questions or would like more information.

    A Look at the Risk Factors for Stroke

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A stroke can turn your life upside down in nearly an instant. While some strokes are so small that they’re never even noticed, major strokes can leave a person totally incapacitated. It’s vital to seek out stroke care immediately if you suspect that you or someone near you is having a stroke; minutes matter in such a situation. You may have a higher risk factor for having a stroke if:

    You have a family history. People with close relatives who have suffered a stroke are more likely to have a stroke themselves. This is most common in families with a genetic disorder called CADASIL, in which a genetic mutation eventually blocks blood flow to the brain due to damage caused to the walls of its blood vessels.

    You are a woman. Women are far more likely to need stroke care than men. Many circumstances related to reproduction and birth control can increase a woman’s risk of having a stroke. Lifestyle choices and habits such as smoking can also put women at a higher stroke risk, even as compared with men who smoke.

    You are over the age of 55. For every 10 years over 55 you are, your risk of stroke doubles. This does not exclude the possibility of having a stroke at a younger age, however.

    You have already had a stroke. A personal history of stroke, transient ischemic attacks, or heart attack can increase your risk of stroke by as much as 10. Stroke care and lifestyle changes are especially important to reduce the risk of a more severe stroke later.

    If you are at high risk for having a stroke, or if you’d like to learn more about stroke prevention and stroke care, contact us at South Bay Hospital. We provide quality healthcare services and education for everything from orthopedic care to neurosurgery. Call (888) 685-1595 to learn more today.


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