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    The Basics of Circulation

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Without oxygenated blood, cells would not have the nourishment they need to thrive. As this video demonstrates, the heart and lungs work together to ensure the constant movement of oxygen-rich blood.

    The blood that the heart pumps to the rest of the body contains oxygen, which cells utilize to help them perform their individual processes. As the blood makes its way back to the heart, it moves through the lungs, which add oxygen to it. Electrical signals stimulate the contraction of the heart so that it can push out the newly oxygenated blood in regular intervals. Together, these components make up the circulatory system.

    Heart health is integral to your overall well-being. To learn more about what you can do to protect your cardiovascular system from heart disease, call Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL at (954) 302-7112.

    Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Do you sometimes feel your heart flutter? Does minimal physical exertion tire you? Then you might suffer from atrial fibrillation, a common heart arrhythmia. An arrhythmia occurs when the heart beats in an abnormal manner. In atrial fibrillation patients, the heart typically beats too quickly, which can results in multiple side effects. The feeling that your heart is quivering is one symptom, as is the inability to sustain physical effort. Some people may experience exhaustion even when at rest. Because the heart is working harder than normal to provide oxygenated blood to the rest of the body, lightheadedness can also occur. Though each of these warning signs can present for other reasons, if you notice these symptoms and cannot attribute them to another condition, consult a physician as soon as possible.

    Westside Regional Medical Center can help you bring your atrial fibrillation under control. Our cardiovascular specialists can determine if you suffer from a heart arrhythmia and what treatment options best suit your health needs. To get a doctor referral, call our Plantation, FL hospital at (954) 302-7112. 

    Common Sports Injuries

    Last updated 10 days ago

    An active lifestyle is the key to good health. With any sport or exercise, though, comes the risk of injury. While proper form and protective gear can lower the danger of sports injuries, orthopedic treatment can capably address the healthcare needs of those with overuse or accident-related ailments. For more information on sports injury prevention and treatment, contact Westside Regional Medical Center.

    Sprained Ankle

    Many types of sports, including basketball, soccer, and football, require running on the court or field. Should a player inadvertently trip over a ball or opponent, he could lose his footing, and his ankle may turn beyond the capabilities of the ligaments keeping it stable. When this occurs, a sprain can result. Mild ankle sprains may need only rest, ice, compression, and elevation to minimize swelling. However, severe sprains that cause comprehensive tearing of the ligaments may demand professional orthopedic treatment. Under some circumstances, surgery might be necessary to repair the damaged ligaments.

    ACL Tear

    The anterior cruciate ligament is another connective tissue that resides in the knee joint. This ligament is largely responsible for the stability of the lower leg. Though most ligaments can withstand a substantial amount of force, they can tear or even completely break should sudden pressure prove too great. Athletes who often must perform quick stop-and-go motions are particularly at risk for anterior cruciate ligament tears. Like sprained ankles, if the anterior cruciate ligament detaches inside the knee, it may demand surgical repair.

    Rotator Cuff Tendinitis

    The shoulder is also prone to sports injuries. Many activities, including swimming, football, and baseball, require athletes to twist their arms repetitively as they move through the water or throw a ball. When done too often, the rotator cuff can suffer inflammation. The rotator cuff is made up of muscles and connective tissues that hold the bones of the shoulder in position. Though surgery is sometimes needed for advanced cases of rotator cuff tendonitis, resting the affected joint, taking anti-inflammatory medication, and undergoing physical therapy can often ease symptoms.

    Are you suffering from a sports injury? If so, call Westside Regional Medical Center at (954) 302-7112 to get an orthopedic physician referral. Our Consult-A-Nurse associates can help you find the right Plantation, FL doctor for your healthcare needs.

    Tips for Telling People About Your Cancer Diagnosis

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Being diagnosed with cancer can be overwhelming. In the midst of making important decisions about your care, you must also make choices about who needs to know about your diagnosis. At Westside Regional Medical Center, our compassionate cancer team will stand by your side from diagnosis to recovery. However, it’s also helpful for patients to have an outside support network of loved ones as they battle cancer. As you face the task of telling people you have cancer, these tips should help.

    Stay in Control of Your Information

    There are people in your life, such as family and close friends, who will need to know about your cancer diagnosis. In addition to emotional support, you may need help with things like getting to treatment appointments and completing household duties. However, you’re not obligated to share this information with everyone. Tell only the people you’re comfortable telling, and make sure your family and friends know that you wish to be the one to spread the news, unless you specifically ask them to share your diagnosis with someone else.

    Be Honest with Children

    Avoid trying to shield children from your cancer diagnosis. They will be able to tell that something is wrong, and not knowing can create even more anxiety for them. Make sure kids know that the door is always open for their questions, and keep them informed about your progress in an age-appropriate way.

    Speak Up About What You Need

    Friends and family often want to be supportive but don’t know the best ways to help. Be vocal about the kind of support you need, from help running errands to simply having someone to talk to. Your loved ones will feel relieved if you let them know how to give the support you truly need during this difficult time.

    At Westside Regional Medical Center, the caring staff in our cancer department is here to support you as you make these important decisions about your cancer treatment plan. Our hospital provides a comprehensive range of medical services to our Plantation, FL community, including stroke care, orthopedics, an ER, and women’s services. For more information, please call (954) 302-7112.

    An Overview of Cervical Cancer

    Last updated 17 days ago

    January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and Westside Regional Medical Center hopes to increase understanding of cervical cancer, which affects thousands of women in the United States each year. Though survival rates from cervical cancer continue to rise, greater awareness of this disease can help more women safeguard themselves from it. In particular, women’s health experts stress the importance of regular screening services and other protective practices for cervical cancer.

    What are the symptoms of cervical cancer?

    Physicians urge all women to take advantage of preventive services for cervical cancer largely because the disease shows few symptoms in its earlier stages. Only once the malignancy has moved beyond the cervix might women notice warnings signs. Discomfort is one common symptom that could indicate the presence of cervical cancer. This pain normally develops in the lower pelvic region and can be chronic or periodic. Some women might also have visible warning signs, such as an abnormal discharge or irregular bleeding outside of their menstrual cycles.

    Why does cervical cancer develop?

    Cervical cancer can form for several reasons. However, women’s health experts have found the human papillomavirus to be a common cause. HPV encompasses many different viral strains, which typically pass from person to person through sexual contact. Though HPV does not always turn into cervical cancer, women should still take all necessary precautions to avoid getting it.

    How can you prevent cervical cancer?

    Because the transmission of HPV through sexual contact is a primary cause of cervical cancer, safe sexual practices are integral to the health of all women. Depending on their age, women can also receive an HPV vaccination that protects against more common forms of the virus. In addition, adult women should undergo regular Pap smears so that their healthcare providers can analyze the cells collected for HPV and cervical cancer. Getting a Pap smear as directed by a physician can potentially detect abnormal cells before they evolve into cervical cancer or spread beyond the cervix.

    Are you due for your next Pap smear? Then call Westside Regional Medical Center at (954) 302-7112 to get in touch with one of our Consult-A-Nurses. Our hospital offers comprehensive women’s health services for the greater Plantation, FL region.


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