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Signs Your Loved One Is Suffering from a Stroke

When a person is having a stroke, immediate medical attention is necessary to minimize permanent brain damage and increase the chances of survival. Stroke occurs suddenly and without warning, but there are some distinctive signs that can help you identify when a loved one suffers a stroke. As soon as you notice any of these signs, you should call 911 so that your loved one can receive care at a Comprehensive Stroke Care Center like Westside Regional Medical Center

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Facial muscle weakness

Typically, facial muscles are weaker on one side, so the face may appear to droop on the left or right side. If you ask your loved one to smile and his or her smile appears uneven, this could be an indicator of stroke. You might also ask if he or she has a headache or trouble seeing in one or both eyes.

Inability to lift arms

Weakness can occur in the extremities as well, and this is easily noticeable when the person lifts both arms and then one drifts downward. There may also be numbness in the arms and legs, along with difficulty balancing or walking.

Trouble speaking and communicating

The language centers of the brain are commonly affected by stroke, so there are several changes in a person’s use and understanding of language to look out for. Nonsensical statements, slurred speech, and trouble repeating simple statements are all possible symptoms of stroke. You can gauge your loved one’s comprehension of language by asking easy questions or having him or her repeat short sentences.

For more information about stroke care in Plantation, FL, consult Westside Regional Medical Center. You can reach us on our website or by calling (954) 473-6600 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. You might also join our H2U program for healthy living tips you can use every day. 


How to Make Sense of a Cancer Diagnosis

When you or a family member is faced with a cancer diagnosis, you may feel like you are drowning trying to understand the condition and options for treatment. This video shares one woman’s story about her mother’s diagnosis of cervical cancer. She stepped in to research the condition and explore options, determining that a clinical trial was the best route to take.

If you are in search of cancer care and resources in Florida, consult Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, FL. Call us today at (954) 473-6600 to find excellent care through every step of the treatment process. 


Take Care of Your Heart with These Healthy Snacks

If you are concerned about your risk for heart disease, hypertension, or high cholesterol, you can make some positive changes to your health by altering your eating habits. Snacking is one area that may be particularly difficult to change, as snacks tend to be the least healthy foods available. However, you can still enjoy your daily snack breaks by replacing candy, potato chips, and cookies with these nutritious options.

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Fresh fruits and veggies

There is no better snack than fresh produce because fruits and veggies offer lots of nutrients with minimal calories. Vegetable sticks dipped in low-fat dressing or peanut butter can satiate a salty snack craving, while fresh fruit can ease a sweet tooth. Dried, unsweetened fruit is also a good option when fresh foods are not readily available.

Low-fat cheese and yogurt

You might think that you have to give up dairy products to maintain your heart health, but you can still enjoy the foods you love when you opt for low-fat or fat-free varieties. Cheese and yogurt are both great options because they are quick and easy snacks and come in convenient single-serving portions.

Whole wheat crackers

When you have a craving for potato chips and other salty snacks, you should reach for some whole wheat crackers as an alternative. Foods that are rich in whole grains will offer filling satisfaction along with a healthy dose of fiber, magnesium, and iron.

Unsalted nuts

There are some foods that fall into the category of good fats, and these may help you get past cravings for foods high in saturated fat. Nuts are a source of good fat, which can actually drive down your cholesterol and regulate your blood sugar. All types of nuts are great snacks as long as you select unsalted varieties for the sake of your blood pressure.

For more tips on managing your heart health, visit Westside Regional Medical Center on our website or by calling (954) 473-6600 to connect with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. Our state-of-the-art cardiovascular care center in Plantation, FL can provide you with the resources you need to reduce your heart health risks, along with excellent care for existing cardiac conditions. 


Girls Night Out, An Evening of Celebrating Women's Health

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WHEN

Thursday, October 24, 2013
5:30pm - 8:00pm

WHERE

Footprints Boutique
240 S. University Dr.
Plantation FL 33324

DETAILS

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Westside Regional Medical Center presents an event in honor of all women in our community at Footprints Boutique! Meet, mingle, shop and schedule a mammogram. This event includes: complimentary hors d’oeuvres and bellini’s, meet and greet with physicians, and onsite mammo scheduling.

RSVP here!


Health Risks Associated with Atrial Fibrillation

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The heart has an internal electrical system that regulates the heartbeat through all hours of the day, whether you are awake or asleep. Abnormalities in the rate or rhythm of your heartbeat are referred to as arrhythmias, and the most common of the disorders is atrial fibrillation. AF occurs when rapid and disorganized electrical signals contract unevenly and irregularly.

Complications can result from AF, as blood pools in the lower chamber of the heart. Symptoms of this may include shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, and heart palpitations. Over time, these symptoms can lead to the life-threatening complications of heart failure and stroke.

With proper treatment and cardiovascular care, you can live an active and healthy life with AF. Westside Regional Medical Center is AF Certified, and we are the first medical center in Florida to receive this certification. For more information about our cardiovascular care in Plantation, FL, visit our website or call us at (954) 473-6600.


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