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    A Look at Bone Density Testing

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Low bone density is defined as an abnormally low density level that causes bone fragility, but doesn't qualify as osteoporosis. People with this condition are more likely to come down with osteoporosis and to suffer broken bones.  Bone density testing is done to determine whether someone has a regular or lower-than-average density level.

    If a person does have low bone density, it doesn't necessarily indicate a loss of bone; it could simply be down to genetics or physical factors. Low density levels are more common among older people. Testing is reported according to a T-score, where anything between 1.0 and 2.5 is considered low density. Bone density testing can help doctors identify your chances of breaking a bone within the next decade, and determine whether it would be wise for you to take medicine for osteoporosis.

    If you are concerned about your bone density level, call South Bay Hospital at (888) 685-1595. For residents across Sun City Center, we provide advice, treatment, and surgery for a full range of conditions. You can also visit our website to find out more about our healthcare services.

    What You Should Know About Prostate Cancer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Prostate cancer remains one of the most widespread causes of cancer death among men in the United States. For this reason, South Bay Hospital urges all adult men in the greater Sun City Center region to become proactive about their prostate health. With greater awareness, preventive care, and early treatment, many men can thrive despite the occurrence of prostate cancer.

    What are the symptoms of prostate cancer?

    Paying attention to unusual health issues is important, as it could signal the presence of cancer or another disease. Prostate cancer is a condition that is usually asymptomatic during its earlier stages, which makes evaluation by a professional all the more important once warning signs present. In many cases, urination problems are the first symptom of prostate cancer. The sensation of needing to eliminate may become more frequent, or once urination begins, it may not be constant. In some cases, urine may appear red due to the presence of blood. Pain in the lower back or pelvic region may also occur.

    Can prostate cancer be detected early?

    Prostate cancer can often be found before it has progressed enough to produce warning signs. Because this disease frequently occurs in men age 50 and older, cancer care experts recommend regular prostate cancer screenings for individuals in this age bracket. A men’s health specialist can detect small growths in the prostate long before the disease affects other bodily functions or produces discomfort.

    How can cancer care experts treat prostate cancer?

    Cancer care experts tailor their treatment to the specific needs of the patient. Some slow-growing prostate tumors may necessitate only regular supervision. However, the removal of the prostate gland may be warranted under some circumstances. If the cancer care team suspects or finds that the disease has spread beyond the prostate, additional treatment strategies such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy may be used to destroy cancer cells in other areas of the body.

    Is it time for your prostate cancer screening? If you have questions about this procedure or need a referral to a men’s health expert, call South Bay Hospital at (888) 685-1595. We can address your concerns and direct you to the appropriate medical professional.

    The Different Types of Stroke

    Last updated 3 years ago

    In just minutes, a stroke can inflict serious and even life-threatening brain damage. As a result, getting timely stroke care is of the utmost importance for stroke sufferers. However, it is essential to understand the type of stroke that has occurred. South Bay Hospital is equipped with both the stroke care professionals and medical equipment necessary to address the different forms of stroke.

    Suffering a Hemorrhagic Bleed

    Blood vessels continually transport oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood to all areas of the body, including the brain. Should even a single blood vessel rupture, it can adversely affect the region of the body that it normally supports. When a blood vessel in the brain breaks down, it can suddenly stop the flow of blood to one or more areas, causing rapid brain cell death. This type of stroke, known as a hemorrhagic bleed, requires specialized care to cease the bleeding and restore blood supply to the impacted regions of the brain.

    Experiencing an Ischemic Clot

    Blood flow can also stop when an artery that supplies blood to the brain suffers a clot. Clots can form when cholesterol and fat accumulate in the bloodstream and obstruct the flow of oxygen and nutrients to various areas of the body. If a clot occurs in an artery that supports the brain, it can result in widespread brain damage until stroke care services can dissolve or remove it.

    Having a Temporary Ischemic Clot

    Some individuals may suffer only a temporary arterial blockage. This type of stroke typically produces less extensive brain damage, but it is no less serious than an ischemic clot or hemorrhagic bleed. Because brain cell death can still occur, professional evaluation and treatment is imperative to the health of the patient. A temporary ischemic clot can also alert stroke care experts to the presence of risk factors that if addressed in a timely manner can prevent the formation of another stroke in the future.

    Don’t let a stroke cut short your quality of life. To find out more about how South Bay Hospital can help you survive a stroke, call (888) 685-1595. Our website also offers information for Sun City Center residents on our total healthcare services.

    Risk Factors for a Heart Attack

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A family history of heart disease is one risk factor for a heart attack that you cannot change. In many cases, though, you can protect yourself from this common condition with the right lifestyle choices. Many heart attack risk factors stem from unhealthy behaviors. Tobacco usage in particular is a habit that can cause great damage to your heart and vascular system. What you eat can also impact your cardiac health. High-salt and high-fat foods can contribute to hypertension and arterial plaque buildup, two conditions that can weaken the vascular system and predispose you to having a heart attack. Poor food choices plus a lack of physical activity can also lead to excessive weight, which can strain cardiovascular function. To protect your heart from a heart attack, make nutritious eating and regular exercise a part of your life. If you smoke, talk to your doctor about a cessation program that is right for you.

    Are you at risk for a heart attack? South Bay Hospital can help you control your risk factors. Call (888) 685-1595 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse about our vascular care services for Sun City Center residents.

    Digital Mammography at South Bay Hospital

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Mammography is a key component in the early detection of breast cancer. This video explains the benefits of South Bay Hospital’s digital mammography services.

    Traditional mammography requires the compression of the breast tissue, which is photographed using conventional X-ray technology. However, digital mammography offers more comfortable and effective screening outcomes for patients. The procedure typically takes less time as well, allowing patients to return to their normal activities as soon as possible. If you are 40 or older, getting a yearly digital mammogram could help you better manage your breast health.

    Are you due for a digital mammogram? To find out more about this breast care option, call South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center at (888) 685-1595.


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