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    Cancer Prevention Tips for Seniors

    Last updated 4 years ago

    As you grow older, your risk of developing certain types of cancer may increase. Although age is an uncontrollable risk factor, there are other steps you can take to minimize your risk. In fact, cancer care experts estimate that up to one-third of all cancer diagnoses are preventable with healthy lifestyle changes and the management of certain conditions. Visit your doctor to discuss cancer prevention and consider the following preventive measures.

    Find an Enjoyable Physical Activity

    If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before starting or changing your exercise program. Cancer care specialists strongly encourage individuals to exercise on most days of the week to reduce the risk of cancer and improve overall health. Exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, which further reduces your risk of cancer. If you have trouble adhering to a regular exercise program, consider changing the types of exercises you are doing. Finding an enjoyable activity can encourage you to stick with your program. For example, you might join a yoga class, take swimming lessons, or visit local nature trails for a walk.

    Rethink Your Meal Plan

    Improving your dietary choices contributes to weight maintenance. Plus, certain types of foods, such as fruits and vegetables, can reduce your risk of cancer. Some types of cancer, including colorectal cancer, have been associated with the excessive consumption of red meats and preserved meats. Consider substituting more plant-based sources of protein in your diet.

    Manage Lifestyle Habits

    Tobacco use is among the most significant risk factors of cancer. It can directly cause many different types of cancer, including cancer of the bladder, lung, mouth, and throat. If you use tobacco, consider talking to your doctor about cessation methods. Additionally, talk to your doctor about your alcohol consumption, if applicable. Cancers of the breast, liver, and oral cavity are linked to heavy alcohol use.

    The cancer care team at South Bay Hospital offers patients a compassionate, comprehensive approach to cancer treatment. Our cancer care specialists also provide residents of the Sun City Center area with community engagement programs to improve patient education about preventive measures. To find out more about cancer care at our community hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595.

    Vascular Health Facts

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you have been referred to a vascular care specialist to evaluate the possibility of a medical condition, it can be helpful to have a basic understanding of your body’s vascular system. The vascular system refers to all of the blood vessels in your body, including your coronary arteries that lead to your heart. It also consists of your veins and capillaries. Vascular care specialists diagnose and treat medical problems that concern the blood vessels.

    Types of Vascular Problems

    There are many different types of vascular problems and they are all too common in the U.S. One example of a vascular problem is a blood clot, which often forms in the deep veins of the legs. If a blood clot breaks free, it can travel to the lungs, causing a life-threatening condition known as pulmonary embolism. People with blood clots are also more likely to suffer a stroke or a heart attack. Another type of vascular problem is an aneurysm, which refers to a weakened area of a blood vessel that can rupture, causing internal bleeding. Atherosclerosis is a common problem diagnosed by vascular care specialists. It refers to the buildup of plaque within the arteries, which can lead to coronary artery disease (CAD).

    Risk Factors for Vascular Problems

    There are many risk factors that can contribute to the development of vascular disease. For example, your risk increases with age. You are also at a higher risk if you have a family history of vascular disease or heart disease, or if you are pregnant. Obesity and smoking increases your risk, as do any medical conditions that have an effect on your blood vessels and heart, such as high cholesterol. You are also at a higher risk if you have a job that requires long periods of sitting or standing. Fortunately, you can work with a vascular care specialist to manage any underlying conditions and reduce your risk of vascular disease.

    The vascular care specialists at South Bay Hospital look forward to meeting you and discussing your unique healthcare concerns. Residents of Sun City Center and beyond can learn more about vascular care or get a referral to a vascular care specialist by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595. Our hospital remains committed to offering exceptional patient care.

    Comparing Invasive and Noninvasive Cardiac Services

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If your doctor suspects you could have a heart condition, he or she is likely to refer you to a cardiologist. The cardiologist may recommend some noninvasive procedures to evaluate your heart health, such as stress testing. During a stress test, you’ll be closely monitored while you exercise. This test is used to determine how well your blood flows to your heart, how well your medications are working, and whether you could have an abnormal heart rhythm. Other noninvasive cardiac tests may include an EKG, echocardiography, and tilt table testing.

    Noninvasive cardiac services are those that do not involve surgery. If your tests reveal problems with your heart health, your cardiologist may recommend an invasive procedure. One type of cardiac surgery is the insertion of an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD), which is an electronic device placed inside you to monitor your heart rhythm. When abnormal heart rhythms are detected, the device transmits electrical signals to keep your heart on track.

    You can call South Bay Hospital at (888) 685-1595 for more information about our cardiac services. We also provide residents of the Sun City Center, FL area with exceptional orthopedic care, emergency care, and stroke care.

    Consult-A-Nurse Services at South Bay Hospital

    Last updated 4 years ago

    South Bay Hospital is pleased to offer an array of innovative technology solutions for our neighbors in the Sun City Center area, including our Consult-A-Nurse referral line. Consult-A-Nurse is a free service available 24/7 that connects you with highly qualified nursing professionals and referral specialists. This valuable resource can give you information on primary care physicians and specialists associated with HCA hospitals.

    As you’ll learn by watching this video, the Consult-A-Nurse referral line is also a source of healthcare information. Our nurses can answer your healthcare questions; however, they cannot diagnose a condition over the phone.

    South Bay Hospital is your source for healthcare treatments ranging from cancer care to neurology to emergency care in Sun City Center. Call (888) 685-1595 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse referral line or visit our website to learn more about us.

    Answering Common Questions about Hip Replacement Surgery

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Hip replacement surgery is a commonly performed type of orthopedic surgery intended to relive pain and improve mobility. It involves removing the damaged or diseased portions of the hip joint and replacing them with artificial joint components. Your best source of information about hip replacement surgery is your orthopedic doctor. When you consult your doctor, it can be helpful to write down a list of questions you have about the surgery, such as the following questions.

    Is Hip Replacement Right for Me?

    Only your doctor can tell you if you are a good candidate for hip replacement surgery. Your doctor will review your full medical history, evaluate your symptoms, and conduct an exam to determine if you’re a good candidate. In general; however, the patients who are typically good candidates for hip replacement have severely damaged or diseased joints that disrupt daily life. Good candidates have usually tried more conservative treatment measures, yet did not find sufficient relief. This surgery is ideal for those who are in good general health and likely to enjoy a successful rehabilitation.

    What Can I Expect After the Surgery?

    Immediately after your surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery room for monitoring while you awaken from the anesthesia. Then, you’ll be taken to a regular hospital room. You can expect the nurse to arrange pillows or other devices in a certain way to support the hip joint. You’ll receive pain medications to eliminate discomfort.

    What Will Rehabilitation Be Like?

    You’ll likely stay in the hospital for three to five days before being discharged to your home or a long-term care facility. However, your rehabilitation is likely to start the day after your surgery. A physical therapist will help you learn stretches and exercises to improve your flexibility, increase range of motion, and build strength. You’ll continue to work with a physical therapist throughout your recovery.

    The orthopedists of South Bay Hospital are pleased to offer a new, advanced technique for hip replacement surgery known as the minimally invasive anterior approach. Residents of the Sun City Center area are invited to learn more about whether hip replacement might be right for them by making an appointment at our hospital. For general health questions, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 685-1595.


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