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Complete Heart Care By the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC]

There are probably several numbers you know by heart—your phone number, your spouse’s birthday, and even your credit card number—but do you know your heart numbers? Your cholesterol, BMI, blood pressure, and even waist size are used to evaluate your cardiac health, but many people do not know their numbers, or what these numbers should be. In this infographic from Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, you’ll find out what heart numbers represent, and what targets you should be aiming for across the board. For example, ideal blood pressure is less than 120/80, and you should aim for 30 minutes of physical activity five days per week. Please share this info with your friends and family, and get to know these numbers for your heart.   

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Opening Up About Depression

Many people have no hesitation in telling others that they have asthma, arthritis, or a broken bone. However, some individuals may be reluctant to disclose their fear or diagnosis of having depression. Millions of people in the United States have depression, but only a fraction of them seek help for it. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center provides behavioral health services for those within the greater Miami community who are suffering from this debilitating problem. If you think you have depression, or you know someone who is exhibiting signs of it, our hospital can offer discreet, knowledgeable, and compassionate help.

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Understanding Causes
Depression is a condition that can develop from both physical and emotional causes. A major life event such as going through a divorce or suffering the loss of a loved one can lead to depression. A prior health condition, such as stroke or cancer, can bring on depression as well. It can also present in the absence of an obvious trigger.

Recognizing Symptoms
Being able to identify the symptoms of depression could save a life. Changes in both mood and behavior could signal the presence of depression. Many people with this condition show anger, anxiety, fear, or sadness on a regular basis. Individuals with depression may also withdraw from activities that they once enjoyed, including working out and socializing with friends. Performance at school or work may also suffer. 

Getting Treatment
Depression demands professional treatment, as without proper care, some individuals with depression may cause harm to themselves. Care for depression can vary from person to person. Some individuals may respond favorably to prescription drugs, which can address chemical imbalances in the brain. Making necessary lifestyle changes and undergoing therapy treatment can also help depressed individuals gain control over their condition.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help you overcome depression. For more information on our behavioral health services in Aventura, call (305) 682-1704. We also encourage you to visit our website to view the types of conditions that can lead to depression and the ways in which we can treat these concerns.


Overview of a STEMI

If you are suffering from a STEMI, you are experiencing a heart attack. STEMI, or ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, is one of two kinds of heart attack as classified by cardiovascular care experts. Of the two forms of heart attack, doctors consider STEMI to be more serious. When a STEMI occurs, one of the heart arteries becomes obstructed with a blood clot. This clot prevents the artery from being able to supply blood to the heart. The part of the heart being denied its necessary nutrients begins to die if no oxygen-rich blood can sustain it. Given the severity of this condition, immediate medical attention is key to stopping the symptoms of a STEMI and restoring blood flow to the heart.

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When you or a loved one encounters a medical emergency, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help. Our emergency department offers swift treatment services for those residing the Hallandale Beach, Hollywood, Aventura, and North Miami Beach areas. Call (305) 682-1704 to find out more about how our hospital can attend to your medical needs.

 


Making the Most of Outpatient Rehabilitation

Have you recently suffered a heart attack? Are you recovering from a stroke? The immediate care you undergo at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can save your life. The outpatient rehabilitation you receive can enhance the quality of it. Outpatient rehabilitation is a common part of the healing process when you suffer a serious medical setback. It allows you to recover the abilities lost or diminished while you were ill. The following information highlights the steps you can take to ensure that the time you devote to outpatient rehabilitation reaps the health rewards you want.

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Using Hospital Services
To benefit from outpatient rehabilitation, you must agree to do it. While rehabilitation is strongly advised for individuals who have experienced traumatic medical conditions, it is not a required part of your recovery. You must make the decision to commit to your rehabilitation. That means coming to your appointments as recommended and following the instruction of your physical, occupational, or speech therapist.

Practicing At-Home Exercises
In many cases, rehabilitation specialists provide at-home physical activity recommendations for patients. These exercise suggestions can help you maintain your physical, occupational, or speech therapy rehab between appointments and build upon the strength and mobility advancements that you have already made. Failing to adhere to the suggestions of your rehabilitation specialist can impede your physical progress.

Communicating with Rehabilitation Specialists
Rehabilitation specialists aim to provide physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy services tailored to your needs. You can facilitate your recovery by establishing an open dialogue with your specialists. Being vocal about what is helping or hurting your physical capabilities allows your specialists to adjust and improve upon your rehabilitation activities. By communicating with your physical, occupational, or speech therapist, you can play an instrumental role in your own recovery.

Would you like to learn more about the outpatient rehabilitation services that Aventura Hospital and Medical Center provides to the greater Aventura community? Then call us today at (305) 682-1704 to speak with a Registered Nurse. Our rehabilitation experts can address your questions and concerns.


Keep Track of Your Diabetes With This App!

Diabetic complication prevention depends on your blood sugar level management. With the Diabetes App, you can monitor your daily habits and keep your diabetes under control.

The Diabetes App is a comprehensive tool for diabetic individuals. With this application, you can know the number of carbohydrates you consume with each meal, making easier the regulation of your blood sugar levels. This app provides detailed nutritional information on hundreds of thousands of foods—all without an Internet connection—so you can be aware of your carbohydrate consumption wherever you go. This application also allows you to monitor other health fluctuations, including your weight and body mass index.

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The Diabetes Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center provides extensive informational and treatment services for individuals in the Hollywood, Miami, and Aventura communities. Call our hospital at (305) 682-1704 for more information.


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