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    Understanding Ulcerative Colitis

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a condition that affects the lining of the rectum and large intestine, or colon. It is a type of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that results in inflammation, ulcers, and bleeding in the area. Although UC isn’t typically fatal, when left untreated, it may cause life-threatening conditions that may send you to the emergency room, such as dehydration, a severely swollen colon, and liver disease. If you’ve been diagnosed with UC, talk to your doctor about managing your condition.


    UC can cause the colon to develop small ulcers, or open sores, that feature mucous and pus. These ulcers, along with the chronic inflammation of the colon, result in frequent bowel movements and abdominal upset. Patients often report that their bowel movements have also become more urgent and that they suffer from persistent diarrhea. Bloody stool, loss of appetite, weight loss, nausea, fever, and even fatigue can be caused by UC.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    UC occurs when the body’s immune system has an abnormal response. White blood cells are sent to the intestinal lining, which causes the inflammation and ulceration. However, it isn’t yet known what the underlying cause of UC is. Researchers believe it may be a combination of risk factors, such as a genetic predisposition to UC, environmental triggers, and immune responses. If you have a family history of UC, you could be at a higher risk of developing it.

    Treatment Options

    Medications can help control UC, such as sulfalazine and mesalamine. If your symptoms aren’t well controlled by these medications, your doctor may prescribe corticosteroids for short-term use. Immunosuppressant drugs may also be helpful. Additionally, your doctor may recommend dietary changes. Consider avoiding possible trigger foods, such as dairy products. Sometimes, surgery may be necessary.

    The colon and rectal surgeons at Westside Regional Medical Center specialize in the surgical treatment of ulcerative colitis. Our hospital in Plantation, FL also provides exceptional emergency room services, women’s services, orthopedic treatment, stroke care, and chest pain diagnostics. To obtain a referral to a physician at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (954) 302-7112. 

    Get Ready for National Immunization Awareness Month!

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Did you know that August has been designated as National Immunization Awareness Month? It is intended to raise awareness about the importance of vaccinations for infants, children, and adults. Parents can talk to their pediatricians about the recommended immunization schedule for infants. However, vaccinations aren’t only for infants. Before children return to school each year, a pediatrician should check their immunization records. Depending on their age, many children may require the Tdap vaccine, which guards against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, or whooping cough. Youngsters should also receive the HPV vaccine, meningococcal vaccine, and yearly flu shot.

    Many vaccines require periodic booster shots, such as the tetanus vaccine. Young adults and adults can consult their family physicians to ensure that their immunization records are complete. Receiving all the recommended immunizations is not only beneficial for your health and your child’s health; it also helps protect the entire population from devastating illnesses.

    Visit Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL for all of your preventive healthcare needs or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (954) 302-7112. Our state-of-the-art healthcare complex also provides stroke care, chest pain diagnostics, orthopedics, and women’s services.

    Why Does the Heart Skip a Beat?

    Last updated 13 days ago

    The feeling that the heart has skipped a beat is referred to as an arrhythmia. Arrhythmias can also cause the heart to beat too rapidly, too slowly, or at an irregular rhythm. Arrhythmias occur due to problems with the heart’s electrical system, which is responsible for controlling the heartbeat’s rhythm and rate. Most arrhythmias are not considered serious, while others require treatment.

    You can learn more about abnormal heartbeats by watching this video, which features a doctor from Westside Regional Medical Center. He explains the various types of arrhythmias, discusses diagnostic techniques, and explores treatment options such as medications.

    Westside Regional Medical Center offers comprehensive healthcare services, including cardiac care, to residents of the Plantation, FL area. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (954) 302-7112 with any questions you may have about arrhythmias, chest pain, or other conditions.

    Frozen Back to School Community Event

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Westside Regional Medical Center is making back-to-school cool with our Frozen Back to School Community Event. Join us on Saturday, August 9th for a day of frozen fun for everyone.  Visit this page for more information and to register for the event.

    Heart Attack Intervention

    Last updated 20 days ago

    A heart attack is defined as the blockage of blood flow to the heart, which results in the damage of the heart muscle. Since heart attacks are life-threatening conditions, it’s imperative to rush to the ER as soon as possible. At the ER, cardiovascular specialists will use an EKG to quickly diagnose the heart attack, and then begin heart attack intervention to restore blood flow to the heart.

    For more information about diagnosing and treating heart attacks, watch this video. This doctor from Westside Regional Medical Center explains the EKG abnormality that indicates a heart attack. He also discusses the importance of getting to the ER as soon as possible. The national average regarding the time it takes to treat a heart attack is 90 minutes; at Westside Regional Medical Center, it’s under 60 minutes.

    If you think you could be having a heart attack, call 911 immediately to arrange for transportation to the ER at Westside Regional Medical Center. Otherwise, families in the Plantation, FL area are invited to call (954) 302-7112 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse referral line.


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