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    What Is a Transient Ischemic Attack?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    While many people are familiar with strokes and the impact that they can have on a person's health and everyday life, transient ischemic attacks (TIA) are less well understood by the general public. TIA is considered by neurology and stroke care professionals to be a mini-stroke caused by a blood clot that essentially dissolves instead of continuing to travel towards the brain. Although TIA only presents temporary blockage and leaves no permanent damage, it is disconcerting to medical professionals nonetheless because it often precedes an actual stroke.

    Stroke care professionals typically see a third of patients who have been stricken by TIA go on to have a stroke within one year. That is just one of the reasons why it is essential for anyone who has experienced TIA to seek medical attention at the emergency care or stroke care center here at South Bay Hospital. The caring and highly skilled staff at our hospital is also trained in the fields of cancer care, vascular care, and neurology and neurosurgery. To learn more about South Bay Hospital, call (888) 685-1595.

    Tips for Reducing Your Risk of Cancer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    As a person ages, his or her chances of developing certain types of cancer rises significantly. Fortunately, however, there are plenty of effective steps that adults of all ages can take in order to reduce their risk of cancer in the lungs, prostate, ovaries, and other organs. Here are some tips for reducing your risk of cancer provided by the caring professionals at our cancer care center:

    Stay Active

    One of the biggest favors that you can do for yourself in order to reduce your risk of cancer is to lead an active lifestyle. Try to fit at least 30 minutes of exercise into your schedule at least five days of the week and avoid sitting for prolonged periods of time each day. Exercise doesn't have to be grueling or unenjoyable and can include a fun dance class, a walk around the block, or a water aerobics class.

    Eat Right

    Another way to reduce your cancer risk is to eat a balanced diet. Avoid super-sized food portions at restaurants and instead cook for yourself throughout the week. Steer clear of cookies, candies, and other high calorie foods and replace them with healthier options like chopped vegetables or fresh fruits. Try to also limit your consumption of red meat and refined carbohydrates.

    Avoid Tobacco Use

    If you are a smoker or if you frequently chew tobacco, then kick these bad habits immediately. Cancer care professionals see many cases of cancer in adults each year that can be attributed to tobacco use. In fact, smokers are thought to die approximately 13 to 14 years earlier than non-smokers because of their habit.

    Practice Sun Safety

    Lastly, be sure to wear sunscreen every day and consider wearing protective clothing and a hat on days when you will be in the sun for a long period of time. Doing so will dramatically reduce your risk of developing skin cancer. Be sure to also avoid tanning beds and sun lamps.

    Are you interested in learning more about how you can reduce your risk of cancer? If so, then be sure to speak with a cancer care professional during your next visit to South Bay Hospital. To learn more about the services we offer, such as general orthopedics, neurosurgery, stroke care, and cardiovascular care, call (888) 685-1595.

    Spotting the Signs of a Heart Attack in Women

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Contrary to popular belief, women oftentimes display different symptoms than men when experiencing a heart attack. It is essential that women are aware of these signs so that they can promptly receive medical attention from a vascular care specialist. Here is a guide to spotting the signs of a heart attack in women:

    Difficulty Breathing and Concentrating

    The first signs of a heart attack in women are often the sensation that it is difficult to breath as well as a feeling of disorientation or trouble concentrating. According to some vascular care physicians, patients who have experienced a heart attack describe their shortness of breath as though they are running a marathon without even moving. These symptoms may also be accompanied by nausea and dizziness.

    Extreme Tiredness and Sweating

    It is also very common for women who are experiencing a heart attack to feel extremely tired and exhausted by basic activities like taking out the garbage or dressing themselves. This feeling of fatigue can be accompanied by another rather bizarre symptom: extreme sweating. Despite a lack of physical activity, women tend to break out in a cold sweat that differs significantly from the sweat experienced during a common hot flash.

    Pain in the Chest, Arms, and Stomach

    Lastly, it is essential that women seek emergency care from a vascular care team if they are experiencing chest pain that feels like someone is squeezing their chest. They may also describe this pain as a feeling of fullness. Pain might also concentrate in the stomach where it manifests as extreme pressure. Finally, women should not ignore sudden pain in the arms, back, neck, or jaw as these are common locations for heart attack-related pains.

    If you're concerned about your risk for experiencing a heart attack and would like to learn more about preventative care, then speak to a vascular care physician at South Bay Hospital today. Our dedicated staff will see to it that your needs are fully met when it comes to vascular care as well as stroke care, orthopedic care, and even emergency care. To speak to a nurse about our services, call (888) 685-1595.

    An Alternative to Traditional Hip Replacement

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Has your orthopedic specialist recently suggested that you undergo a hip replacement surgery in order to improve your health and quality of life? If so, then be sure to take a look at this video, which features one of the orthopedic experts here at South Bay Hospital discussing alternatives to traditional hip replacement. Anterior hip replacement provides you with the same positive results as a traditional hip replacement surgery, but without many of the common downfalls, such as pain in the surrounding muscle tissue.

    Anterior hip replacement eliminates muscle problems during recovery because it does not actually require a surgeon to attach the new device to a major muscle group. This muscle sparing alternative means that you can recover more rapidly from your surgery and get back to enjoying a mobile and active lifestyle.

    If you're interested in learning more about minimally invasive anterior hip replacement surgery, then be sure to visit South Bay Hospital today. To learn more about our orthopedic services, call (888) 685-1595.

    What Are the Risk Factors for Rheumatoid Arthritis?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that can produce joint pain and frequent exhaustion. This video discusses the genetic risk factors for this condition.

    Scientific researchers conducted an experiment to evaluate the differences between the genes of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis and those without it. In analyzing a specific gene called STAT4, scientists found that the DNA from rheumatoid arthritis sufferers included multiple forms of this gene. Those without rheumatoid arthritis did not have the STAT4 variations. With this information, researchers can continue to move forward with finding treatment options that address this genetic difference and its possible effect on rheumatoid arthritis sufferers.

    Do you suspect that you have rheumatoid arthritis? Call South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center at (888) 685-1595 to speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives about your concerns.


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