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Understanding Atrial Fibrillation

Atrial fibrillation is often an undetected heart condition that can have significant ramifications for those who have it. It presents as an abnormal heartbeat that sufferers may not know they have. Of those who have been diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, many may not recognize the seriousness of their medical issue. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center hopes to bring greater awareness of atrial fibrillation to those in the greater North Miami Beach and Hallandale Beach regions.

Reasons for Atrial Fibrillation
Electrical signals prompt each beat of the heart. When these signals suffer a disruption to their normal pattern, atrial fibrillation can result. Any number of factors can provide the catalyst for signal disruption. Some people experience atrial fibrillation from birth because they have structural issues with their hearts. Others have existing medical conditions such as emphysema or hypertension that evolve into atrial fibrillation. In some cases, lifestyle behaviors, including excessive alcohol consumption, can increase the risk of atrial fibrillation.

Signs of Atrial Fibrillation
The signs of atrial fibrillation can fluctuate greatly from one person to the next. As mentioned, some individuals may have no apparent symptoms of this condition. People who suspect that they suffer from a heart issue may notice initially a strange sensation in their chest. Some describe it as pain, while others cite a trembling feeling. Because atrial fibrillation can affect the supply of blood to the heart, some people may suffer from dizziness and fatigue as well.

Treatment Options for Atrial Fibrillation
Upon the detection of atrial fibrillation, it is vital that patients seek management strategies for their condition. A cardiovascular specialist may suggest the prescription of drugs to regulate the heartbeat. If medication proves unable to control atrial fibrillation, surgical intervention might be necessary. With the insertion of a pacemaker, the heart may reestablish its normal beating pattern. Without appropriate treatment, patients risk future medical issues, including stroke.

If you have atrial fibrillation, do not wait to call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 682-1704 to speak with a Registered Nurse at our Aventura facility. Our heart and vascular experts can attend to your specific cardiovascular needs.


Ongoing Support for Patients with Diabetes

If you have diabetes, receiving capable medical care is critical to your health. That is why Aventura Hospital and Medical Center provides a wide range of wellness services for diabetic patients in Miami, Hollywood, and Aventura. In addition to our medical capabilities, our hospital has organized several support services to help patients cope with the everyday aspects of living with diabetes. To help patients maintain their fitness levels, we offer outpatient diabetes exercise classes. To keep individuals up to date on the latest diabetes health information, we also provide education classes. Working in conjunction with Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, The Sugar Free Club gathers regularly to introduce those with diabetes to others in the community. Individuals interested in meeting other people with a like-minded interest in diabetes healthcare can attend The Diabetes Support Group as well.

Diabetes person doing glucose level blood test

Do you have more questions about diabetes management? Then call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 682-1704. Our representatives can direct you to the proper diabetes specialist at our Aventura hospital. 


The Patient's Guide to Anxiety Disorders

An anxiety disorder can be as disruptive to a person’s life as any physical condition. Contrary to the belief that anxiety disorders are easily controllable, these conditions often take control of the lives of those who suffer from them. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center urges individuals in the greater Hollywood, Aventura, and Miami areas to seek help should they suspect they have an anxiety disorder. With treatment, many anxiety disorders can be managed effectively.

Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Generalized anxiety disorder can make even the simplest facets of life a daily challenge. While stress is a common aspect of life for many people, those with generalized anxiety order suffer from stress levels well beyond their normal threshold. Anxiety over issues big and small can make one’s waking hours difficult to enjoy. Stress over home matters, job obligations, and personal relationships can render a person unable to cope. These chronic stress issues can develop into sleeping disorders and other physical problems.

Panic Disorder
Unlike generalized anxiety disorder, which may be present on an ongoing basis, a panic disorder can manifest quite suddenly, leaving a person reeling in its wake. Many people associate this disorder with panic attacks, which can immobilize sufferers. Intense feelings of doom, fear, and even bodily discomfort can cause a person to disconnect from the world about him. During a panic attack, breathing difficulties and body quavers are not uncommon.

Phobia
Like panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder, phobias can generate great emotional turmoil in sufferers. However, this type of anxiety disorder stems from a specific source. The cause of phobias is extensive. People can have an overwhelming fear of virtually any object or circumstance. Experiencing great anxiety at the prospect of talking to strangers can be the sign of an underlying social phobia. Refusing to submit to vaccinations could signal the presence of a needle phobia. Getting proper medical care for a phobia can greatly diminish its hold over the sufferer.

If you suffer from a phobia, panic disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder, call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 682-1704. The staff at our Behavioral Health Services can help you identify the source of your anxiety disorder and focus on finding effective strategies to cope with it. To learn more about our Behavioral Health Services department, you can also visit our website. 


Discussing Some of the Most Common Sleeping Disorders

Could a sleeping disorder be preventing you from enjoying a restorative night’s sleep? This video explains some common sleeping problems.

Sleep apnea is a condition that doctors frequently see in patients with sleeping issues. If you have sleep apnea, you may stop breathing as you sleep due to tissue obstruction in your airway. This symptom of sleep apnea forces the body to wake itself up during the night to restart the breathing process. Insomnia can also prevent sound slumber. Though insomnia can present as an inability to sleep, it can also develop as an incapacity to sleep through the night or awakening well before your intended wake up time.

Aventura Hospital and Medical Center contains a Sleep Disorders Center at our Aventura-based facility. To learn more about the services that our Sleep Disorders Center offers, call (305) 682-1704 today. 


Staying Healthy Throughout the Winter Season

Winter in Miami may not bring the same extreme weather changes that it does in other parts of the country, but it can still affect your well-being. This season is unique for its festive holidays, which can prompt emotional and physical health concerns. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center wants the residents of Miami, Hollywood, and Aventura to enjoy a happy and healthy season by keeping in mind these wintertime tips.

Christmas Cookies

Observe Mood Changes
Even in sunny Miami, the winter season can impact your emotional wellness. Changes in mood can occur for a variety of reasons. Departed family members or long-distance loved ones can prompt the onset of depression. Shorter daylight hours can bring on seasonal affective disorder. An increase in social functions can highlight a social phobia. Paying attention to your emotional wellbeing and seeking help when you sense a serious change to your demeanor can facilitate early and effective treatment for behavioral concerns.

Monitor Seasonal Sweets
The winter season often is the catalyst for a significant increase in calorie consumption. The indulgence of holiday desserts, including pumpkin pie, peppermint candies, and eggnog, frequently are to blame for these extra calories. As you navigate your way through the buffet tables at the many holiday parties you may be going to this year, be mindful of your eating habits. Even a single slice of pie at each function you attend can quickly add up to thousands of calories that turn into dozens of additional pounds.

Maintain Physical Fitness
As you may be tempted to eat more during the winter season, you may also be inclined to exercise less. With a fixed number of hours in the day, you may find that you must skip swimming practice to attend your neighbor’s holiday party. You might also shorten your running session to make more time for gift shopping. During the winter season it becomes imperative to maintain a consistent exercise schedule. Not only can physical activity ward off extra weight, but it can also boost your mood and emotional well-being.

If you would like more preventive health tips, call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 682-1704. You can also use our H2U, or Health2You, program for year-round health suggestions. With H2U, you can pave the way for a healthier and happier 2014!


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