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    Why Does Your Blood Pressure Matter?

    Last updated 4 minutes ago

    You likely heard about the dangers of high blood pressure. Since hypertension typically doesn’t present symptoms, you might underestimate the significance of this problem. If you suspect that you may have high blood pressure, or you have already been diagnosed with hypertension, controlling your condition is critical to your cardiovascular health.

    Blood pressure indicates the amount of force exerted on the arteries as the heart pumps blood throughout the body. If this pressure is too high, it can damage the arteries, which carry oxygenated blood to the heart, brain, and other organs. Though durable and flexible, the arteries can weaken, making them vulnerable to rupture. They might also grow scar tissue that makes it easier for cholesterol and fat to collect on their walls. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to both heart attacks and stroke, two of the most common causes of death in the United States.

    Take action today to bring your blood pressure under control. Call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 921-0492 to discuss your condition with a Consult-A-Nurse representative. We offer cardiac care services for the Miami and Aventura communities.

    What to Do in the Case of a Heart Attack

    Last updated 2 days 23 hours ago

    A heart attack can be fatal, making immediate medical attention imperative to survival. This video explains the steps to take if someone experiences the warning signs of a heart attack.

    If a loved one complains of chest pain, shortness of breath, or another heart attack symptom, call 911 and have him rest until the paramedics arrive. A heart attack happens when an arterial obstruction prevents the flow of blood to the heart. If you have aspirin nearby, give it to the heart attack patient. Nitroglycerin, which relaxes the arteries, can also be useful.

    Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers swift emergency care for heart attack victims. Call (305) 921-0492 to find out more about our healthcare services for Miami, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beach residents.

     

    Why Mammograms Are Important

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Preventive wellness is critical for men and women alike, and women in particular must be diligent about their breast health. Though survival rates for breast cancer continue to rise, successfully overcoming this disease relies in large part on early detection and treatment. That is why Aventura Hospital and Medical Center urges all eligible women to undergo mammogram screenings each year, as this procedure is an integral part of preventive breast healthcare.

    Finding Malignancies Early

    A monthly breast self-examination can help women familiarize themselves with the particular characteristics of their breasts. When women know what is normal for them, a self-examination can bring to light irregularities that might require professional evaluation. Even with regular self-examinations, annual clinical examinations are essential to finding lumps, rashes, and other warning signs of breast cancer. A mammogram can uncover the presence of potentially malignant cells before they produce these common symptoms. Because a mammogram reveals how breast tissue looks below the skin, doctors can evaluate it for abnormal growths and biopsy them while they are still small.

    Treating Tumors Effectively

    If a biopsy determines that the sample cells are malignant, a mammogram could potentially save the life of a patient. Since this procedure can alert doctors to a tumor well before it grows large enough to be felt through examination, cancer care experts have a better chance to eradicate the malignancy through surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or other means. Containment is an important factor in effective cancer treatment, so addressing the tumor before it becomes bigger and spreads to other organs or the bloodstream can dramatically increase the survival rate for breast cancer patients. When the growth is still small, cancer treatment can also be given with less aggressive measures, making it possible for patients to return to health more quickly and with fewer complications.

    If you are 40 or older, make annual mammograms a part of your preventive healthcare plan. To learn more about how the mammogram procedure works, call (305) 921-0492 or visit our website. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive breast care services for Hollywood, Miami, and Hallandale Beach residents.

    Understanding the Basics of Alzheimer's Disease

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Many people might think memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. While mild lapses can arise with greater frequency in older age, some instances of memory loss are actually the initial warning signs of a greater problem: Alzheimer’s disease. This neurological condition deteriorates brain health and robs sufferers of the ability to care for others or themselves. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center provides neurological care for those with this condition.

    Alzheimer’s Is a Progressive Disease

    Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming, as this condition only worsens with time. Medical research has yet to find a cure for this problem, which leaves patients and their families with the knowledge that their health will continue to decline. Alzheimer’s disease begins with the deterioration of cognitive function, making it more difficult for sufferers to reason and remember. As the disease progresses, though, it can cause widespread bodily dysfunction. Patients may eventually have issues controlling their bowel movements, swallowing food, and even breathing.

    Memory Loss Is Only One Sign of Alzheimer’s

    Memory loss is a common indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, but it is not the only symptom of it. Alzheimer’s can also degrade a person’s ability to think logically or rationally. For instance, a person with advancing Alzheimer’s may see no issue with giving confidential information to a stranger. Alzheimer’s disease can make spatial awareness more difficult as well. People with this condition may suddenly find it a challenge to drive themselves home from familiar places like the office or grocery store.

    Alzheimer’s Is a Common Cause of Death in Seniors

    The senior population continues to grow, and with it, the number of Alzheimer’s disease cases. Individuals under the age of 60 can still suffer from early onset Alzheimer’s, but in most cases, this condition affects those in their senior years. For this reason, it is important that older individuals and their loved ones pay attention to early warning signs. Though no cure yet exists, neurological specialists can provide management options for symptoms that could improve quality of life for patients.

    Do you have more questions about Alzheimer’s disease? Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help. Call (305) 921-0492 to discuss your concerns with one of our associates in the greater Miami area.

     

    What You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Some people dismiss the importance of a good night’s rest, and as a result, they might also minimize the danger of sleep apnea. Yet this serious condition can have widespread ramifications. The Sleep Disorders Center at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers effective sleep apnea solutions for our Miami patients. As the following facts demonstrate, getting help for sleep apnea can prove crucial to your health and the wellness of those around you.

    Sleep apnea can increase your risk of depression.

    Depression is a condition with a variety of causal factors. In many cases, this behavioral health problem arises from a combination of physical and emotional health issues. Chronic sleep deprivation can prove a significant factor for those already at risk for depression. A lack of deep and restorative sleep can eventually deteriorate emotional wellbeing, making those who suffer from sleep apnea prone to anger, sadness, anxiety, and fear. Therefore, treatment for sleep apnea can also lessen the possibility of depression.

    Sleep apnea can pose a danger to others.

    It takes only one day of inadequate sleep for some people to feel lethargic and lose focus. Many sleep experts note that driving while excessively tired can greatly increase the risk of car accidents. Those who work with heavy equipment could also cause harm to themselves or others if insufficient sleep prompts a moment of distraction or drowsiness.

    Sleep apnea can contribute to cardiovascular disease.

    The longer that sleep apnea persists without treatment, the greater its complications to general health become. Research points to a link between sleep apnea and the onset of hypertension. This condition, which presents no symptoms, can weaken the vascular system and increase the chances of both heart attack and stroke. Seeking help for sleep apnea can provide the means to getting adequate sleep and prevent the development of early cardiovascular disease as well.

    Do you think that you might have sleep apnea? Don’t delay to get the treatment you need to once again enjoy a full night’s rest. For more information on how the Sleep Disorders Center at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help you, call (305) 921-0492.




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