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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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Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by weakened, brittle bones. If you have osteoporosis, you’re more likely to end up in the ER with bone fractures. Sometimes, a fracture can even occur from a simple activity such as coughing. Certain people are at a higher risk of osteoporosis due to controllable and uncontrollable risk factors. Consider talking to an orthopedic specialist about your risk factors. If you are at risk, an orthopedic doctor can help you develop a prevention plan to reduce your risk of winding up in the ER.
People of a certain demographic are at an increased risk of osteoporosis, regardless of their medical history or lifestyle habits. For example, women, those who are over the age of 50, and those who have gone through menopause are at a higher risk. Women who are Asian or Caucasian are at a particularly high risk because of differences in bone density. Additionally, tell your orthopedic doctor if you have a family history of osteoporosis because this increases your risk.
The orthopedic doctor will ask you about your personal medical history. If you take medications for the treatment of certain medical conditions, you could be at an increased risk. Some examples include drugs for seizures, cancer, transplant rejection, depression, and gastric reflux. Using corticosteroid medications on a long-term basis is another risk factor.
People with improperly balanced hormone levels are more likely to be diagnosed with osteoporosis. One of the most significant risk factors is the drop in estrogen levels associated with menopause in women. Men with lowered testosterone levels are also at a higher risk, as are those with overactive adrenal, thyroid, and parathyroid glands.
Certain lifestyle habits can increase your risk, such as leading a sedentary lifestyle, consuming alcohol in excess, and using tobacco. Consuming inadequate amounts of calcium and vitamin D over a lifetime also increases the risk.
The caring orthopedic team at Westside Regional Medical Center provides a continuum of care to restore your health in the event of a fracture. We invite you to call us at (954) 302-7112 to set up an appointment with an orthopedic specialist today. Our medical center in Plantation, FL also provides premier ER services and chest pain response.
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Westside Regional Medical Center remains dedicated to attracting physicians and specialists with extensive experience and knowledge. One of our cardiac care specialists, Dr. David Kenigsberg, first began working in the cardiac lab in 2007. Since that time, he’s found that the hospital is committed to turning the lab into the area’s leading authority on cardiac care.
Watch this video to hear Dr. Kenigsberg discuss how the cardiac lab continually improves itself by acquiring the latest technology and techniques to enable the best possible outcome for patients with complex arrhythmias. He also explains how the entire team at the cardiac lab works closely together for the betterment of each patient.
For unparalleled patient care, turn to the trusted experts at Westside Regional Medical Center. Residents of the Plantation, FL area can contact us at (954) 302-7112 with any questions they may have about our women’s services, orthopedic care, or cardiac care.
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The coronary arteries are responsible for bringing blood, nutrients, and oxygen to your heart. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common type of heart disease in which the coronary arteries become damaged and narrowed. If you have CAD, you are at an increased risk of ending up in the ER because of chest pain or a heart attack. Talk to your physician about your risk factors and how you can prevent this common disease.
Signs and Symptoms
It’s quite common to have CAD without experiencing symptoms of it – an important reason to be proactive about your heart health. When symptoms do arise, they may include unusual shortness of breath or excessive fatigue with physical activity. This is because the heart has trouble pumping a sufficient volume of blood. Many people with CAD develop angina, or chest pain. The chest pain often appears upon experiencing emotional or physical stress. Unfortunately, some people are unaware that they have CAD until they experience symptoms of a heart attack.
Causes and Risk Factors
CAD is frequently caused by atherosclerosis, a condition in which plaque builds up inside the arteries, reducing blood flow. Certain people are at an increased risk of developing CAD, including those who smoke and those with blood vessel inflammation. High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, and high blood sugar can also increase the risk of CAD.
Prevention and Treatment Options
You can reduce your risk of CAD by leading a healthy lifestyle. Exercise regularly, maintain a healthy weight, and follow a diet rich in vegetables and fruit, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol. It’s critical to quit smoking, if applicable. These lifestyle changes can also help those who already have CAD. Additional treatment options can include medications and surgical procedures, such as angioplasty and stent placement.
Patients of the Cardiovascular Program at Westside Regional Medical Center are fully supported by an expert team of specialists, state-of-the-art diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, and extensive rehabilitation services. Our hospital in Plantation, FL also offers exceptional women’s services, orthopedic care, stroke care, and ER services. If you would like more information about our medical center, call (954) 302-7112.
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Aneurysms are bulges in the walls of arteries that can lead to artery ruptures or splits in artery walls called dissections. Aneurysms can occur anywhere, but are most common in the aorta and in the arteries at the base of the brain. Symptoms of aneurysms vary depending on where they are located. For instance, an aortic aneurysm may trigger nausea and chest pain, while a cerebral aneurysm may lead to headaches and vision problems. Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL explains the facts you need to know in this infographic. Our ER is here to intervene if you experience symptoms. Aneurysms are always serious, so make sure your family and friends know the signs by sharing this info with them.