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How Does Obesity Impact Your Health?

Obesity is at the root of many health problems, from chronic high blood pressure to symptoms that require emergency care. Losing just 10 percent of your body weight can have a dramatic impact on your health and help to control or cure a number of weight-related medical conditions. Here is a closer look at some of the ways obesity can influence your health.

Heart Disease

Obesity increases the risk of heart disease in a number of ways. Being obese significantly increases your risk of having high blood pressure and high LDL cholesterol levels, both of which can cause blood clots and clogs in blood vessels that can lead to heart attacks. It also increases your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, which is another risk factor for heart disease. If you require heart care, an important part of your treatment may be losing weight to reduce these risk factors.

Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is caused by wear and tear on the joints. Aging is a major risk factor for this kind of arthritis, but obesity can cause it to develop at a younger age. The pressure put on joints by excess weight can cause them to wear down faster, leading to pain and eventually immobility. In some cases, obesity can lead to the need for orthopedics and spine procedures to repair damaged joints. Weight loss can alleviate this joint pressure and reduce the associated symptoms.

Mental Illness

Mental illness, including depression or anxiety, frequently accompanies obesity. Physical health problems and low quality of life caused by physical limitations associated with obesity are both factors in the emotional impacts of obesity. In some cases, mental illness can exacerbate obesity by triggering overeating. Some medications for mental illness are also linked to weight gain.

Taking control of your weight is possible with the help of the professionals at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. With physicians specializing in behavioral health, bariatrics, emergency care, heart and vascular care, and orthopedics in Miami, we help patients manage all aspects of obesity and weight-related medical conditions. Learn more about how we can help you by calling (888) 256-7692.


Understanding the Different Types of Breast Cancer

Whether you are undergoing minor robotic surgery, recovering from a stroke, or receiving complex heart care, understanding your condition empowers you as a patient and helps you become an active member of your care team. The same holds true for breast cancer. There are different types of the disease with different symptoms and treatment requirements, so talking to your women’s services specialist about your specific variation of the disease will help you feel more in control. Here is a closer look at some of the most common types of the disease.

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, is a non-invasive form of breast cancer that occurs in the cells that line the ducts in the breasts. These cancer cells have not spread beyond this location because they have not invaded the tissue outside of the ducts. In some instances, DCIS is referred to as pre-cancer because of its non-invasive status. However, DCIS can and does become invasive in some women. For this reason, DCIS is treated as cancer. When diagnosed at this stage, most women can be cured through appropriate treatment.

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and Lobular Carcinoma

Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common form of breast cancer. It occurs when the cancer cells in a milk duct push through the duct wall and infect surrounding tissue. This type of cancer can also spread through to tissue outside of the breast through the blood or lymphatic system. Invasive lobular carcinoma occurs in the milk-producing glands and can also spread throughout the body.

Less Common Breast Cancers

Less common but still serious forms of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer, Paget disease of the nipple, angiosarcoma, and phyllodes tumors. Of these, inflammatory breast cancer and Paget disease of the nipple are most common. Inflammatory breast cancer occurs when cancer cells block lymph vessels in the breast and cause inflammation. Paget disease of the nipple is marked by scaly and irritated skin around the nipple and is often associated with DCIS.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a world-class breast cancer center in Miami that offers comprehensive women’s health services and heart care services. Learn more or request a referral to a breast cancer specialist by calling (305) 682-7000.


What to Expect When You Arrive at the ER

Emergency care physicians are highly trained professionals who can quickly evaluate patients and initiate life-saving protocols when necessary. Some patients arrive at the Emergency Department of Aventura Hospital and Medical Center with life-threatening medical problems such as stroke or heart attack while others may need emergency care for infections, broken bones, and other generally non-life-threatening conditions. Because of the diverse range of medical needs among ER patients, the emergency care team does not see patients on a “first come, first serve” basis. Rather, patients with the most critical medical problems are seen first.

Triage

When you arrive at the emergency care department, a triage nurse will assess your health status. The triage nurse will ask you about your major symptoms and primary medical complaint, and he or she will evaluate your vital signs. Using this information, the triage nurse determines if you need to be taken to the treatment area immediately. When patients’ conditions are not emergent, they are seen in order of arrival.

Registration

If a patient requires immediate treatment, he or she may not go through registration beforehand. If you are asked to wait for a little while, you may meet the registration clerk during this time. During registration, the clerk will ask you for some basic information, such as your insurance policy number and an emergency contact. ERs have the mandate to treat patients regardless of ability to pay; even if you do not have health insurance, an ER physician will evaluate and treat you.

Waiting Area

Hospitals strive to make their ER waiting areas as comfortable as possible. While you’re waiting to be seen, you should notify the staff if you experience any urgent changes in your health status.

Treatment Area

In the treatment area, you may meet with several providers. These may include nurses, physicians, and technicians. You may be asked to have diagnostic tests. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, you may receive treatment in the hospital or you may be discharged with prescriptions and instructions for home care. You may be referred to a specialist or to your primary care physician for a follow-up appointment.

At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, we’re committed to investing in new technologies to streamline the patient experience, including our self-service ER kiosk. Please call 911 for transportation to our ER in Miami. Non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services may be directed to a registered nurse at (305) 682-7000.


Understanding the Different Types of Breast Cancer

Whether you are undergoing minor robotic surgery, recovering from a stroke, or receiving complex heart care, understanding your condition empowers you as a patient and helps you become an active member of your care team. The same holds true for breast cancer. There are different types of the disease with different symptoms and treatment requirements, so talking to your women’s services specialist about your specific variation of the disease will help you feel more in control. Here is a closer look at some of the most common types of the disease.

Ductal Carcinoma In Situ

Ductal carcinoma in situ, or DCIS, is a non-invasive form of breast cancer that occurs in the cells that line the ducts in the breasts. These cancer cells have not spread beyond this location because they have not invaded the tissue outside of the ducts. In some instances, DCIS is referred to as pre-cancer because of its non-invasive status. However, DCIS can and does become invasive in some women. For this reason, DCIS is treated as cancer. When diagnosed at this stage, most women can be cured through appropriate treatment.

Invasive Ductal Carcinoma and Lobular Carcinoma

Invasive ductal carcinoma is the most common form of breast cancer. It occurs when the cancer cells in a milk duct push through the duct wall and infect surrounding tissue. This type of cancer can also spread through to tissue outside of the breast through the blood or lymphatic system. Invasive lobular carcinoma occurs in the milk-producing glands and can also spread throughout the body.

Less Common Breast Cancers

Less common but still serious forms of breast cancer include inflammatory breast cancer, Paget disease of the nipple, angiosarcoma, and phyllodes tumors. Of these, inflammatory breast cancer and Paget disease of the nipple are most common. Inflammatory breast cancer occurs when cancer cells block lymph vessels in the breast and cause inflammation. Paget disease of the nipple is marked by scaly and irritated skin around the nipple and is often associated with DCIS.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center is a world-class breast cancer center in Miami that offers comprehensive women’s health services and heart care services. Learn more or request a referral to a breast cancer specialist by calling (305) 682-7000.


HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF AMERICA NAMED AN ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE WORLD'S MOST ETHICAL COMPANY FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

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HOSPITAL CORPORATION OF AMERICA NAMED AN ETHISPHERE INSTITUTE WORLD’S MOST ETHICAL COMPANY FOR SEVENTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Nashville, Tenn., March 7, 2016 – Hospital Corporation of America (NYSE: HCA), a leading healthcare provider with 168 hospitals and 116 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and the United Kingdom, has been recognized as a 2016 World’s Most Ethical Company® by the Ethisphere Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. This is the seventh consecutive year HCA has been honored, underscoring its consistent commitment to ethical business standards and practices.

“Being named one of Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Companies is in part a reflection of our comprehensive Ethics and Compliance Program for our 230,000 employees,” said Alan Yuspeh, HCA’s senior vice president and chief ethics and compliance officer. “It is also recognition of our culture of integrity, our commitment to provide excellent care for our patients and our desire to be a good citizen in the many communities we serve.”

This year marks the tenth anniversary of Ethisphere and the World’s Most Ethical Companies designation which recognizes organizations that have had a material impact on the way business is conducted by fostering a culture of ethics and transparency at every level of the company.

"Companies rely on Ethisphere to continually raise and measure the standards of corporate behavior. Those that demonstrate leadership in areas like citizenship, integrity and transparency create more value for their investors, communities, customers and employees, thus solidifying a sustainable business advantage," explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. "Congratulations to everyone at HCA for being recognized as a World's Most Ethical Company."

The World's Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient™ (EQ) framework developed over years of research and vetted and refined by the expert advice from Ethisphere’s World’s Most Ethical Company Methodology Advisory Panel. The EQ offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.

The full list of the 2016 World's Most Ethical Companies can be found at http://worldsmostethicalcompanies.ethisphere.com/honorees/.

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All references to “Company” and “HCA” as used throughout this release refer to HCA Holdings, Inc. and its affiliates.


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