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Founded in 1974, our facility provides comprehensive healthcare to the residents of Broward County.

The Negative Health Impacts of Alcohol Abuse

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The severity of alcohol withdrawal symptoms after prolonged abuse can have severe health effects, but with medical stabilization from Westside Regional Medical Center individuals can address acute withdrawal symptoms in a hospital setting and begin the road to recovery. This brief overview provides a look at the short and long-term health effects of alcohol abuse.

Liver Disease

The liver is responsible for filtering out harmful substances from the bloodstream, and prolonged and excessive alcohol abuse can damage or destroy liver cells. The most common forms of alcohol-related liver disease are fatty liver disease, alcoholic hepatitis, and alcoholic cirrhosis. Up to 35% of heavy drinkers develop alcoholic hepatitis, and between 10 and 20% develop cirrhosis.

Neurological Effects

Decreased liver function can allow certain substances such as ammonia and manganese to build up and damage the nervous system—a serious and potentially fatal condition known as hepatic encephalopathy. Hepatic encephalopathy may be acute and reversible or chronic. Up to 80% of alcoholics develop a deficiency in thiamine (vitamin B1) and may go on to develop serious brain disorders such as Wernicke-Korsakoff syndrome.

How Much Alcohol Is Too Much?

Moderate alcohol consumption is defined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans as having 1 drink per day for women and up to 2 drinks per day for men; binge drinking is classified as drinking five or more drinks in less than 2 hours for men, and four or more drinks for women. Many people have the misconception that drinking beer or wine is “safer” than liquor, but a 12-ounce glass of beer has the same total alcohol content as a 5-ounce glass of wine or a 1.5-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor.

Westside Regional Medical Center is committed to providing a superior standard of medical care throughout Broward County. To learn more about our professional detox and rehabilitation facilities, visit us online or call (954) 473-6600 today.


Tips for Managing a Latex Allergy

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Less than 1 percent of the U.S. has latex allergies, but natural rubber latex is commonly used in healthcare facilities in everything from medical equipment to exam gloves. Symptoms range from skin irritation to mild cramps or asthma, which is why it’s important to know how to effectively manage latex allergies during your stay at Westside Regional Medical Center.

Notify your doctor and any other medical professionals of your latex allergy so they may make appropriate accommodations during treatment. Always carry any medications that are recommended by your allergist, in the event of unexpected contact. Even if your healthcare provider is aware of your allergy, it is still possible to come into contact with latex through food or even have a reaction to certain lactiferous plants.

Westside Regional Medical Center has been helping residents of Broward County address a wide range of medical problems since 1974, and our 224-bed facility features several specialized programs. Meet our family of medical professionals and call (954) 473-6600 to receive a physician referral.


App That Helps You Identify the Signs of a Stroke

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Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth leading cause of death in Americans, and every second counts when it comes to obtaining emergency care. This simple app from the American Heart Association provides some helpful facts about stroke.

The Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T. app for iOS devices is a simple tool providing simple tips and statistics about stroke. F.A.S.T. is a simple mnemonic device listing the primary warning signs of stroke: Face, Arms, Speech, and Time.

Westside Regional Medical Center is a comprehensive healthcare institution based in Plantation, FL, and we’ve been serving residents of Broward County for nearly 40 years. To learn more about our Comprehensive Stroke Center or to receive a referral, call (954) 473-6600 today.


Know the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

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You might think that a heart attack is easy to identify, with highly noticeable symptoms like sharp and sudden chest pain and shooting pains in one arm. However, these are only examples in a long list of potential warning signs of a heart attack, and they do not occur in all patients.

Chest discomfort may occur, but this does not necessarily mean that your chest will hurt. You may just feel a tightness or fullness that persists over a long period or comes and goes in intervals of two to three minutes. There may be pain in the arms, but you might also have soreness and discomfort in the shoulders, back, neck, and jaw. Shortness of breath, nausea, lightheadedness, and cold sweats may also be present if you are having a heart attack.

Anytime you suspect a heart attack, call 911 so that you can seek emergency care in Broward County with Westside Regional Medical Center. Westside Regional can also help you manage your everyday cardiac health, so contact us today by visiting our website or calling (954) 473-6600 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. 


Have a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

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The physicians, staff and volunteers at Westside Regional Medical Center would like to wish you and yours a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!  Be sure to celebrate this day with your loved ones and remember to give thanks for the good in your life and for others.


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