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    Top Foods for Brain Health

    Last updated 2 days 4 hours ago

    Eating the right foods for a healthy heart gets a lot of attention, but what about foods to keep your brain in good condition? Foods that support brain health can reduce your chances of stroke and help you avoid conditions like dementia. If you’re ready to eat for better brain health, here’s a look at some of the foods that should be on your plate.


    Blueberries have a reputation for being a superfood, and that certainly holds true when you consider the impact they have on brain health. Research has shown that the antioxidants in blueberries prevent the changes in the brain that cause Alzheimer’s and other dementias in animals—a good sign that they could have the same impact in humans. In other animal studies, blueberries have been linked with increased mental capacity and motor skills. To get the biggest benefits from blueberries, aim to eat about a cup per day, whether fresh or frozen.

    Nuts and Seeds

    Most nuts and seeds are packed with vitamin E, which slows age-related cognitive decline. You can get this vitamin boost from eating just about any kind of nut, seeds, or unhydrogenated nut and seed butters, from cashews and flax seeds to peanut butter and tahini. About an ounce of nuts or seeds per day will give the benefits you want, but if you’re on a low sodium diet, be sure to choose unsalted nuts.

    Wild Salmon

    Deep-water fish such as salmon have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that protect your brain health. Although salmon is not the only fish that fits the bill, most doctors recommend it because the supply is plentiful. If you want to get the benefits of salmon but need a change of pace, consider sardines and herring. Try to get a four-ounce serving a few times per week.

    In the neurology and stroke care departments at Westside Regional Medical Center, we’re equipped to handle a variety of brain health issues with advanced diagnostics and treatments. Our hospital also offers ER care, women’s services, a chest pain center, orthopedics, and much more. Learn about our services or ask for a referral by calling our Plantation, FL hospital at (954) 302-7112. 

    Tips for Eating Out With Diabetes

    Last updated 4 days ago

    When you have diabetes, dining out doesn’t have to be off the menu. You simply have to adhere to the same healthy eating habits you do at all of your meals. This video offers some tips for eating out while keeping your diabetes under control.

    In fast food restaurants, always order the smallest sandwiches and fries you can find or choose to eat a salad instead. In other restaurants, stay away from fried foods and cream sauces, and for large portions, consider sharing with a friend or boxing up half to eat tomorrow.

    At Westside Regional Medical Center, our Plantation, FL hospital has the tools you need to stay in charge of your diabetes. For more information about our services, including our ER and chest pain care, call (954) 302-7112. 

    Signs of Compression Fractures

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Compression fractures occur in the vertebrae in the spine. Any fracture of the vertebrae is called a vertebral fracture. If the fracture causes the front part of the bone to be squeezed, it is called a compression facture. It’s important to diagnose compression fractures early before the damage can become more severe.

    Pain is the most common sign of a compression fracture. The pain will usually be located in the middle or lower back and can be mild or severe, depending on the nature of the injury. Compression fractures can also cause tingling, weakness, or numbness, as well as walking difficulties. Depending on where the fracture is located and how severe it is, loss of bladder and bowel control are also possible.

    If you suspect you could have a compression fracture, visit the ER at Westside Regional Medical Center. Our orthopedic and spine teams can respond quickly to a variety of fracture types. Find out more about these and the rest of our Plantation, FL hospital services by calling (954) 302-7112. 

    Examining Conditions Treated by Our Thoracic Surgeons

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Thoracic surgeons perform procedures on organs in the chest, including the heart, lungs, and esophagus. At Westside Regional Medical Center, our thoracic surgeons perform cutting-edge surgeries for a wide range of medical conditions, including minimally invasive thoracoscopic procedures and operations for complex lung infections. Here is a look at some of the conditions that might cause your physician to refer you to our Plantation, FL hospital.

    Lung Cancer

    Lung cancer is the top cause of cancer death in the United States, often because of late diagnosis. Our thoracic surgeons play an important role in lung cancer treatment plans. Thoracic surgery to remove a tumor in the lungs may be the primary lung cancer treatment for some patients, while others may have thoracic surgery in addition to chemotherapy and radiation. By working with the cancer care team, thoracic surgeons can provide hope to lung cancer patients.

    Pleural Mesothelioma

    The outside of the lungs are covered in a membrane called the pleura. When cancer strikes that membrane, it is referred to as mesothelioma. For mesothelioma, thoracic surgeons can remove the tumor as well as some of the surrounding pleura tissue to treat the cancer. As with lung cancer, this surgery may be used as a front-line treatment or in combination with other cancer therapies.

    Pleural Diseases

    Thoracic surgery is the solution for a many lung diseases and infections, including pleural effusion and pneumothorax. Pleural effusion is the build-up of fluid between the layers of the pleura that can make it difficult to breathe. Pneumothorax occurs when air builds up between the lungs and the chest cavity walls, which can lead to lung collapse if left untreated.

    Westside Regional Medical Center is proud to offer comprehensive medical services to our Plantation, FL community, including care for orthopedic issues, women’s health, stroke, and chest pain. For a referral to one of our physicians or more information about our ER and hospital, call (954) 302-7112.  

    How to Read Food Labels

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The grocery store can be a difficult place to navigate when you’re trying to make healthy choices or stick to a specific diet plan. The best trick you can learn is to read food labels so that you really know what you’re getting.

    Watch this video to learn some tricks for deciphering food labels. Pay close attention to things like sodium, fat, and serving size. Choose the lowest sodium options possible and select low-fat foods. Be sure you know the true serving sizes of your favorite foods so you can practice portion control.

    At Westside Regional Medical Center, not only do we provide care when you need it in our ER, chest pain center, and our other facilities, but we are also invested in the overall health of our Plantation, FL community. Call us at (954) 302-7112 to learn about our classes, preventative health services, and more. 


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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