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    Reasons for Bone Density Testing

    Last updated 2 days 1 hour ago

    Bone density testing plays an important role in protecting bone health. It is used in the diagnosis and management of osteoporosis, a condition that causes bone loss and can lead to dangerous fractures. While osteoporosis is most common in older women, it can happen to anyone, at any age.

    There are a number of reasons your doctor may recommend a bone density test. If you’ve lost more than 1.6 inches of height, osteoporosis-linked spinal compression fractures could be to blame, so your doctor may use bone density testing to see if you have bone loss. Bone density testing is also often recommended after long-term steroid use, after an organ transplant, and when you experience a drop in hormone levels, such as after menopause or following prostate cancer treatment.

    We offer bone density testing in our women’s services department at Westside Regional Medical Center to both diagnose osteoporosis and track the effectiveness of treatment. For additional information about our women’s health services, please call (954) 302-7112.

    Barbara J. Simmons, RN Appointed CEO of Westside Regional Medical Center

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Barbara J. Simmons, R.N. has been named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Westside Regional Medical Center.

    Barbara served as the CEO of Mercy Hospital, a campus of Plantation General Hospital in Miami, Florida for three years. She has also served as CEO of Plantation General Hospital (PGH) in Plantation, Florida for five years. She has been with HCA for over thirty-nine years in various healthcare senior leadership positions. Prior to her CEO role at PGH, she served as the Chief Operating Officer at PGH for 10 years.  Simmons started her career as a critical care nurse at PGH.

    “I am happy to be working in Plantation again. I look forward to reconnecting with colleagues and community leaders” said Simmons.

    What Is an Insertable Cardiac Monitor?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Unexplained fainting spells can be worrisome, especially when your doctor can’t pinpoint the cause. An insertable cardiac monitor is one of the tools your doctor can use to get to the bottom of your fainting issue so that treatment can begin. The cardiology experts at Westside Regional Medical Center may use this device to determine if a problem with your heart is behind your fainting episodes. Continue reading to learn some basic facts about insertable cardiac monitors.

    Device Basics

    Insertable cardiac monitors record your heart rhythm. They are also referred to as insertable loop recorders, since they record your heart rhythm for your doctor to review. Some devices record the rhythm automatically, while others record to a handheld device. Automatic monitors continuously record your heart rhythms. With the monitors that use a handheld device, you or a loved one must activate the monitor when a fainting spell occurs to capture your heart rhythms.

    Device Placement

    Insertable cardiac monitors are placed right beneath your skin in your upper chest area. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and is very short. After your doctor has collected enough information—usually one or two transmissions—the device is removed through an equally short and simple outpatient procedure.

    Device Benefits

    By monitoring your heart, your doctor can get accurate information about abnormal heart beats that could be causing your fainting spells without a more invasive procedure. Once a diagnosis is made, treatment can begin. Insertable cardiac monitors are comfortable and don’t interfere with your daily activities, though you may need to change some of your routines until your fainting spells are resolved.

    Talk to your doctor about receiving an insertable cardiac monitor from Westside Regional Medical Center to deal with your fainting spells. This type of monitor is one example of the revolutionary care we bring to the Plantation, FL community. This comprehensive care continues throughout our orthopedics department, stroke care services, chest pain diagnostics, and more. Get answers to your questions about all of our services by calling (954) 302-7112.

    Protecting Your Spine Health

    Last updated 9 days ago

    The majority of people will experience back pain at some point in their lives, but you can reduce your chances of becoming part of the statistics by protecting your spine. When you make spine health a priority, you can help keep chronic pain at bay and lower your chances of needing spine surgery. Putting your back first is easier than you might think—here are some easy ways to keep your spine in good condition.

    Correct Carrying

    Carrying heavy items can be extremely dangerous for your spine, but practicing smart carrying tactics can help. Be sure to hold heavy items as close to your body as you can. If you can, split up heavy loads into two smaller ones that can be held in each hand—this gives you better balance and helps spread out the pressure. If you’re in doubt about whether something is too heavy to carry, don’t do it. Wait for help instead of putting your back on the line.

    Savvy Sleeping

    How you sleep at night can have a big impact on the back pain you feel during the day. Try to avoid sleeping on your back—it puts an extra 50 pounds of pressure on your spine. If you can’t sleep in a different position, ease some of that pressure by placing a pillow under your knees. Laying on your side with a pillow between your knees will maintain spinal alignment and help reduce strain. Above all, listen to your body. If your back hurts in any position, find another way to lay that is more comfortable.

    Logical Lifting

    Lifting is a major cause of spinal injury. Never use your back to lift. Instead, bend at the knees and use your leg muscles for force. Avoid twisting while you’re lifting, as this can cause serious spinal injury. Test out an item before lifting it to gauge exactly how heavy it is, and never try to lift anything that feels like it is too heavy.

    The spine surgeons at Westside Regional Medical Center are here to help when spinal problems strike. You can count on our Plantation, FL hospital for all of your care needs, from our ER to our stroke care and women’s services. Find out more by calling (954) 302-7112. 

    Treating Atrial Fibrillation

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Atrial fibrillation—also called AFib or AF—is caused when the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly, out of rhythm with the rest of the heart. Blood flow is disrupted, which can cause fainting, blood clots, heart attack, and stroke. It’s important to take AF seriously and work with your doctor to develop the right treatment plan for you.

    Treatments for AF vary and will depend on the cause of your condition and how intense your symptoms are. If there is an underlying cause that is triggering your AF symptoms, like hyperthyroidism, then treating that condition may treat the AF. It is also possible that surgery will be needed to restore a healthy heart rhythm. Because AF dramatically increases the odds of stroke and heart attack, all patients must pay close attention to controlling their risk factors.

    When AF problems do strike, turn to the ER at Westside Regional Medical Center. We have cardiac and stroke specialists on staff who can provide the care you need. To learn more about our hospital, call (954) 302-7112.




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