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    Treating Atrial Fibrillation at WRMC

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Westside Regional Medical Center provides innovative solutions for patients with chest pain caused by atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is a condition in which the heart beats abnormally, leading to symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest discomfort. Here at WRMC, we customize treatment plans for each patient, which may include medication, lifestyle counseling, and advanced procedures.

    When you watch this video, you’ll hear the story of one of our atrial fibrillation patients. Dale explains how he ended up in the ER at WRMC and his doctor discusses the procedure he used to treat his condition.

    To learn more about the treatment options available at Westside Regional Medical Center, call (954) 302-7112. Our convenient location in Plantation, FL offers advanced solutions for those with chest pain and other cardiovascular symptoms.

    Reducing Your Risk of Colon Cancer

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Colon cancer affects your large intestine, which is the lower section of your digestive tract. Some people with colon cancer may experience symptoms that can lead them to the ER, such as rectal bleeding, while others experience few symptoms, if any. Although colon cancer is a life-threatening disease, in many cases, it is preventable. Talk to your doctor about reducing your risk of colon cancer.

    Talk to Your Doctor About Screening

    Colon cancer develops gradually. First, precancerous polyps, or small growths, develop in the colon. After polyps form, it may take 10 to 15 years for them to become cancerous. When you undergo routine screening for colon cancer, your doctor can remove these polyps before they have the opportunity to develop into cancer. Physicians recommend that most people start having regular colon cancer screenings at age 50. However, if you have a family history of colon cancer or you have other risk factors, your doctor may recommend that you begin screening earlier.

    Consider Genetic Counseling

    Those at a high risk of colon cancer may wish to meet with a genetic counselor. A genetic counselor can assess the results of your genetic testing to determine if early colon cancer screening might be right for you.

    Implement Healthy Lifestyle Changes

    Leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce your risk of colon cancer and it may also reduce the likelihood that you’ll wind up in the ER with other adverse medical conditions, such as chest pain or a stroke. Doctors recommend reducing your risk by quitting smoking, if applicable, and limiting or moderating alcohol consumption. It’s also important to maintain a healthy weight, exercise on most days of the week, and eat a fiber-rich diet with a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

    The colon and rectal surgeons at Westside Regional Medical Center take an individualized approach for the treatment of colon cancer and other colorectal conditions. You can learn more about our screening tests and minimally invasive surgeries by calling our Plantation, FL hospital at (954) 302-7112. Our dedicated staff members are proud to provide comprehensive services to Broward County residents, including stroke care, women’s services, orthopedics, and more.

    An Overview of Common Thyroid Disorders

    Last updated 9 days ago

    The thyroid is a small gland located in the bottom of the neck. This gland is part of the endocrine system. It is responsible for producing hormones that play key roles in regulating your metabolism. If you have a thyroid disorder, it’s critical to work with your doctor to manage your condition. When left untreated, these disorders can cause symptoms such as chest pain and abnormal heart beats that may require a visit to the emergency room.


    Hypothyroidism occurs when the gland fails to release sufficient amounts of hormones. This causes a decline in the body’s metabolism, leading to symptoms such as fatigue, depression, slow heart rate, constipation, and weight gain, among others. One of the possible causes of hypothyroidism is Hashimoto’s disease—an autoimmune disease in which the body mistakenly attacks the thyroid gland, interfering with its ability to produce hormones.


    Hyperthyroidism is the opposite of hypothyroidism. With this condition, the thyroid gland releases excessive amounts of hormones, causing an acceleration of metabolism and heart rate. It can cause symptoms such as nervousness, weight loss, insomnia, muscle weakness, and bulging eyes. Hyperthyroidism is most often caused by Graves’ disease, an autoimmune condition in which antibodies enlarge the thyroid gland. If left untreated, hyperthyroidism can lead to chest pain caused by atrial fibrillation. It can even cause heart failure or sudden cardiac arrest.

    Thyroid Nodules

    Thyroid nodules are small growths on the thyroid gland. Although they are usually benign, some people are diagnosed with cancerous thyroid nodules. Most thyroid nodules cause no symptoms, are harmless, and may never be detected. However, large thyroid nodules may exert pressure on the windpipe, causing problems such as difficulty swallowing.

    Westside Regional Medical Center provides complete diagnostic and treatment solutions for those with thyroid disorders. Our caring team of board-certified physicians also specializes in caring for those with chest pain, stroke, orthopedic conditions, and women’s health concerns. The attentive and friendly staff members at our hospital in Plantation, FL welcome your questions; give us a call at (954) 302-7112.

    Heart Attack: When Seconds Count

    Last updated 11 days ago

    If you or a loved one experiences symptoms that could indicate a heart attack, such as chest pain, it’s critical to call for emergency medical assistance right away. When the blood flow to the heart is blocked, the heart muscle sustains serious damage. The faster blood flow is restored, the better the outcome will be. Chest pain specialists refer to the time it takes from the blockage of the coronary artery to restoration of blood flow as STEMI time.

    Watch this video to hear more about the importance of getting to an ER right away. You’ll hear the story of Christine, a heart attack patient who received life-saving treatment at Westside Regional Medical Center.

    Visit the website of Westside Regional Medical Center to view our average STEMI times and evaluate how they compare to recommended guidelines. Or, reach out to our Plantation, FL hospital by calling (954) 302-7112 and ask us about our chest pain treatment options.

    When Should You Get Screened for Colon Cancer?

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Colon cancer is currently the third most common type of cancer among American men and women, and the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths. However, colon cancer is preventable, treatable, and beatable.

    This video discusses the importance of getting screened for colon cancer. People with an average risk of colon cancer should start going in for screenings when they turn 50. Those with a family history of colorectal cancer or other risk factors should consider getting screened earlier. The website offers advice on how to talk to your family members about colorectal cancer.

    To learn more about colorectal cancer, call Westside Regional Medical Center at (954) 302-7112. We’re dedicated to helping our Plantation, FL patients prevent colon cancer


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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