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    Why Tracking Your Blood Pressure Is So Important

    Last updated 3 days ago

    When it comes to blood pressure management, knowledge is power. Tracking your blood pressure numbers can help you get better control and make smart decisions about your health. This video explains more.

    When you track your blood pressure numbers, a few things happen. If your blood pressure is normal but creeping up, you can make lifestyle changes that get it under control. If you’re on medication, tracking your numbers lets you know if you’re on the right dose. Seeing your blood pressure numbers come down can also be great motivation to stick to your efforts to live a healthy lifestyle.

    Your blood pressure numbers can also signal an impending cardiac crisis. If you’re having heart trouble, visit the ER at Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL. From chest pains to stroke care, our ER is equipped to handle your crisis. Learn more by calling (954) 302-7112.

    What Increases Your Risk of Developing Atrial Fibrillation?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Atrial fibrillation is a common type of irregular heartbeat that impacts millions of Americans. Unmanaged, it dramatically increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. Sometimes, the cause of a patient’s atrial fibrillation is unclear, while others have very defined risk factors. Although you may not be able to completely prevent atrial fibrillation, controlling these risk factors will reduce your odds of developing it.

    Previous Heart Attack

    During a heart attack, damage occurs to your heart that could leave behind scar tissue and dead heart muscle. These damaged areas could impact the way that your heart pumps blood, which in turn can trigger atrial fibrillation. Although you can’t reverse heart damage once it occurs, being mindful of the symptoms of atrial fibrillation after a heart attack will help you get the treatment you need faster.

    Heart Disease

    All types of heart disease, including valve problems and congestive heart failure, are associated with an increased risk of atrial fibrillation, but managing your condition can reduce your chances of experiencing it. Maintain a healthy weight, eat a heart-healthy diet, and get physical activity most days, if your doctor says it is safe. You should also take all of your medications as prescribed.

    Chronic Illness

    People with some chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and thyroid disease, experience atrial fibrillation more often. Lung and kidney disease, sleep apnea, and metabolic syndrome can also increase the risk. Talk to your doctor about controlling these conditions and reducing the likelihood that you will have atrial fibrillation.

    If you do experience atrial fibrillation symptoms such as heart fluttering and fatigue, ask your physician to refer you to Westside Regional Medical Center. Our cardiovascular team manages a wide range of heart conditions, including atrial fibrillation and chest pain. For symptoms of a heart crisis, trust our Plantation, FL ER for the fast care you need. To learn more about how our hospital can meet all of your family’s healthcare needs, from orthopedics to women’s services, call (954) 302-7112.  

    Understanding Spinal Stenosis

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Spinal stenosis is a condition involving the narrowing of the spinal canal that holds the spinal cord and nerves. It typically occurs in the lower back but can occur anywhere along the spine. Spinal stenosis sufferers usually experience pain, numbness that radiates down the leg, and—in extreme cases—paralysis of the legs and loss of bladder and bowel control.

    Spinal stenosis can be caused by a number of different conditions, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, spinal tumors, trauma, surgery, and Paget’s disease. It is most common in people over 50 and people who have had spinal injuries. In some cases, medications and physical therapy can relieve spinal stenosis symptoms, while other patients require spinal surgery.

    The Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Westside Regional Medical Center treats spinal stenosis along with many other orthopedic and spinal conditions. For a referral to one of our spine experts, call our Plantation, FL hospital at (954) 302-7112. 

    Understanding Diabetes Medications

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Although some people with type 2 diabetes can manage their conditions with diet and exercise alone, many other people with diabetes require medications. The right type of diabetes medication for you depends on your type of diabetes, symptoms, and other factors.

    Watch this video to learn more about diabetes medication. If you have type 1 diabetes, you will need to take insulin for life to manage your blood glucose. If you have type 2 diabetes, your doctor may prescribe medicines to make your body respond better to insulin or you may need to take insulin injections.

    Let the physicians at Westside Regional Medical Center help you manage your diabetes and much more. Our Plantation, FL hospital is home to an ER, stroke care, and a wide range of other services. Find out more by calling (954) 302-7112. 

    Symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease that impacts the lining of the colon and rectum. It can be debilitating for patients, and left untreated, could lead to serious complications. The symptoms of ulcerative colitis tend to build over time. Being aware of them and reporting them to your doctor can lead to early diagnosis and treatment, which helps to bring the condition under control.

    Symptoms for ulcerative colitis can vary depending on the specific location of the inflammation. Common symptoms include abdominal and rectal pain, diarrhea with blood and pus, and difficulty defecating despite a feeling of urgency. Some patients also experience fever, fatigue, and weight loss. Any time you experience blood in your stool, an unexplained fever that lasts, and persistent diarrhea, talk to your physician.

    Our Colon and Rectal Surgery department at Westside Regional Medical Center can help you cope with complications of ulcerative colitis. You can find out about this department, plus our ER, stroke care, and more by calling us at (954) 302-7112. 


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