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    A Closer Look at Bipolar Disorder

    Last updated 1 day 8 hours ago

    Do you have a loved one who experiences severe mood shifts that alternate between depression and elation? Are you worried that he may be suffering from more than an intense disposition? Bipolar disorder is a condition that can affect people of both genders and all ages. In fact, millions of Americans suffer from this mental health problem, which can disrupt attempts to live a stable and productive life. The behavioral health specialists at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can provide the individualized treatment that bipolar patients in the greater Miami region require for optimal wellness.

    Noticing the Symptoms

    Recognizing the signs of bipolar disorder is the first step in seeking help for it. Though the duration of manic and depressive episodes can vary greatly from person to person, individuals with bipolar disorder can experience extreme mood changes that transition from pervasive sadness to tremendous jubilation and back again. Some people may also enjoy periods where they suffer from neither a depressive nor a manic state. When going through a depressive state, bipolar patients may find it difficult to attend to any of their normal responsibilities, including going to work or cleaning their homes. If experiencing a manic state, sufferers may overlook their sleeping needs or make rash decisions based on elated emotions. These radical changes in behavior may stem from chemical imbalances in the brain, genetic traits passed down from family members, environment triggers, of a combination of these factors.

    Seeking Professional Care

    Bipolar disorder demands professional treatment. Only a behavioral health specialist can properly diagnose this condition and offer comprehensive care for it. Some people may find therapy a useful tool in identifying the emotions and behaviors that lead to a manic or depressive episode. Others may need to make lifestyle changes that reduce the risk of suffering from these episodes. Many bipolar patients must take medication to help in moderating their mood swings.

    Let Aventura Hospital and Medical Center guide you or your loved one through a bipolar disorder diagnosis. Our behavioral health experts can determine the nature of your condition and advise effective management methods to keep it under control. To schedule an appointment at our Hollywood area hospital, call (305) 921-0492.

    STEMI Times at AHMC

    Last updated 2 days 5 hours ago

    When a heart attack occurs, the heart is denied the blood it needs to function. For each minute that a blood blockage persists, heart tissue can suffer irreversible damage.

     

    This video reports on how Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can prevent heart attack complications with its rapid STEMI time. STEMI refers to the time it takes hospital personnel to alleviate an arterial blockage. Because heart damage can lead to fatal results, a short STEMI time is critical to patient survival. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is proud to provide patients with the comprehensive cardiac help they need in less than an hour.

     

    If you or a loved one suffers a heart attack, where will you turn for help? To find out more about the cardiac services that Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers residents of the greater Miami area, call (305) 921-0492.

     

    The Most Common Sleep Disorders

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Along with a nutritious diet and consistent exercise, restful slumber is integral to good health. That is why a sleep disorder can wreak havoc on a person’s well being. Without adequate sleep, an individual can suffer from a variety of ills, including chronic fatigue, heightened blood pressure, and depression. The following sleep disorders affect countless individuals across the United States; if you suspect that you suffer from one of them, consult Aventura Hospital and Medical Center.

    Sleep Apnea

    Do you wake up feeling tired even after eight hours of sleep? Then you might suffer from sleep apnea. This condition occurs when air passageways become blocked, preventing the lungs from getting the oxygen they need for proper function. When the body senses oxygen deprivation, it wakes itself up to restart the breathing process. Though you may not remember waking up during the night, this recurrent process can rob you of much needed sleep.

    Restless Legs Syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome can also prevent you from getting the slumber you need. This problem typically presents as discomfort in the legs that prompts continual movement. If you experience restless legs syndrome while attempting to go to sleep, it may keep you awake for many hours past your bedtime. Even when you manage to fall asleep, this problem can develop during the night, causing you to wake up with pain.

    Insomnia

    Did you know that approximately one in six people in the United States suffer from some form of insomnia? Many people know this condition as an inability to fall asleep, and while this facet of insomnia is common, it is hardly the only component of this problem. Some individuals with insomnia may readily fall asleep only to wake up a few hours later. Despite their best efforts, this condition can keep them from being able to fall back asleep. As a result, they enjoy only a few hours of slumber each night.

    Is your sleep disorder exhausting you? Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help. To set up a consultation with one of our sleep disorder specialists in Miami, call (305) 921-0492. Our website also provides additional details on the conditions that we can treat.

    Spotting the Symptoms of a Stroke

    Last updated 11 days ago

    A stroke is an event that can cause disability and death without immediate action. Knowing the detectable signs of it can help you seek treatment as fast as possible for a loved one in need. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center urges residents of the greater Miami and Hollywood communities to learn about what happens when a stroke strikes.

    Indistinct Speech

    Garbled speech often presents as a result of a stroke. This side effect occurs because the part of the brain that controls speech may not be getting the oxygenated blood it needs. In addition to having difficulty in speaking to others, a stroke victim may suddenly become unable to understand what others say to him. If a loved one appears confused for no apparent reason, it may be due to stroke.

    Facial Weakness

    When speaking to someone who is experiencing speaking difficulties, you may want to have him attempt a smile. The reason why stroke experts recommend this test is because strokes often disable one side of the face, making it challenging for a person to use all of his facial muscles. In many cases, a smile will clearly show that either the left or right side of the face suffers from muscle limpness.

    Limb Dysfunction

    Stroke can negatively affect other parts of the body as well. For instance, this condition can block blood flow to the part of the brain that controls motor coordination. When this complication occurs, a stroke victim may not be able to use one side of his body. So if you suspect that a loved one is suffering from a stroke, ask that he lift up his arms to his head. Should he be unable to raise both arms as requested, seek emergency care as soon as possible.

    Should the time come with you or a loved one requires immediate treatment for a medical crisis, come to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. The emergency care professionals at our North Miami Beach hospital can provide swift stroke care assistance should such an event occur. Call (305) 921-0492 or go to our website for information on the range of services we provide to the greater Miami region.

    Spotlight on the South Florida Valve Institute

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Have you been told that you require heart valve replacement? If so, now is the time to consult the heart experts at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. In keeping with our commitment to providing exceptional cardiac care to our Miami area patients, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center has opened the South Florida Valve Institute to address valve disorders. While valve replacement might be appropriate under some circumstances, it may necessitate a lengthy recovery period and lifetime of medication. Valve repair, a less extensive treatment measure, can often alleviate the condition contributing to compromised heart function without the need for total valve replacement. This type of surgery not only preserves the natural heart structure, but also precludes the need for blood thinning drugs.

    Would you like to learn more about the South Florida Valve Institute? Then call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 921-0492. Our extensive cardiac services offer safe and successful heart treatment solutions for residents of Hollywood, Aventura, and North Miami Beach.




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