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Potential Complications of Diabetes

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Some people consider diabetes to be only a metabolic condition. While this condition disrupts the body’s ability to convert food into energy, it has widespread health effects that go beyond blood glucose usage. Consistent diabetes management is key to the long-term wellbeing of those who suffer from it. If you have diabetes, Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help you find effective strategies for preventing diabetes complications.

Slow-Healing Wounds

When a person suffers a cut, the body triggers the healing process with oxygen and nutrients brought through the circulatory system. This normal reaction to wounds can become compromised when an individual has diabetes. High levels of blood glucose in the bloodstream can damage blood vessels, making it harder for the cardiovascular system to provide necessary nutrients. This condition can also suppress the immune system, further complicating efforts to successfully kill germs that enter the body through the wound and hinder healing.

Nerve Damage

A slow healing wound can become an even greater problem if a diabetic sufferer is unaware of it. When a laceration occurs, the nervous system sends pain signals to the brain so that a person can recognize the presence of a wound. Just as diabetes can deteriorate blood vessels, so too can it damage nerves. If the nerves can no longer do their job of alerting the body of physical wounds, it can delay awareness of and treatment for them.

Declining Eyesight

Larger nerves and blood vessels may be more resilient to the effects of diabetes. Unfortunately, smaller structures may quickly succumb to the damage that high blood glucose can cause. The blood vessels that nourish the retinas of the eyes frequently suffer deterioration due to their small size. Should blood glucose levels remain chronically high, these blood vessels can rupture and seep blood, which can eventually lead to loss of vision in diabetic individuals. Blindness due to diabetic retinopathy is a common outcome of uncontrolled blood glucose levels.

You can have a healthy future with diabetes. Call (305) 682-1704 to learn more about the Diabetes Program at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center. Our Miami-based diabetes experts can help you find the tools you need to manage your diabetes and avoid complications.

Recovering from Joint Replacement Surgery

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Joint replacement can help you be mobile and enjoy physical activity again. However, it may take several weeks or longer to recuperate from surgery. During the first few days following your procedure, your doctor might recommend rest with occasional periods of activity, such as a few minutes of walking around your house. Since you will be unable to navigate your home as you normally would, it’s important to have a friend or family member nearby. A loved one can help cook meals, do laundry, and shop for groceries until you can carry out these tasks yourself. After joint replacement surgery, be sure to keep up with your physician’s other recovery instructions. For instance, you may be told to undergo physical therapy to hasten the healing process.

Are you considering joint replacement surgery? Find out why so many people in the greater Miami area come to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for their orthopedic needs. Call (305) 682-1704 for more information.

Oncology at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center

Going through cancer treatment can be a challenging time for those diagnosed with the disease and their loved ones. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center strives to provide comprehensive, coordinated cancer care for our Miami-area patients.

As you’ll learn from this video, effective cancer treatment requires a team effort between oncologists, nurses, aides, and other staff. When individuals come to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center for cancer care, they can expect around-the-clock support from our medical professionals. With our excellent oncology team and cutting-edge treatment options, patients receive unparalleled care.

For more information about Aventura Hospital and Medical Center’s cancer care services, call (305) 682-1704. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives are available to address your questions.

What to Do in the Case of a Heart Attack

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) 682-1704 to find out more about our healthcare services for Miami, Hollywood, and Hallandale Beach residents.


Are You At Risk for a Heart Attack?

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While a heart attack can take a person by surprise, contributing conditions often exist unchecked for an extended period of time. In fact, many controllable circumstances can be addressed well before a blood clot becomes a life-threatening problem. If you are at risk for a heart attack, the cardiac care specialists at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help you address the following problems:

You do not exercise

Not only can physical activity strengthen muscles, maintain bone density, and increase lung capacity, but it can also protect cardiovascular health. Working out enables the heart to pump blood with greater efficiency, which can ease strain on this organ. It also reduces the risk of obesity, a condition that can place significant stress on the heart. Exercise can likewise minimize the danger of too much cholesterol in the bloodstream, another risk factor for heart attacks.

You have been diagnosed with high cholesterol

To keep blood moving to all the cells of the body, the circulatory system must be free of obstructions. However, the presence of low-density lipoprotein can make it more difficult for the arteries to get oxygenated blood to the heart and other organs. High cholesterol often results from a poor diet that includes saturated fats and trans fats. If you have been diagnosed with high cholesterol, taking steps now to reduce it may also decrease your heart attack risk.

You suffer from hypertension

The arteries can withstand a considerable amount of force, which is necessary to keep blood moving throughout the circulatory system. If pressure becomes too great, however, the blood vessels may eventually give way to a rupture or encourage the accumulation of plaque. Both outcomes can deprive the heart of oxygenated blood and cause the death of heart cells. A diagnosis of hypertension requires immediate action to reduce both blood pressure and the danger of an imminent heart attack.

It takes one phone call to start on the path to better heart health. Call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 682-1704 to talk with a Consult-A-Nurse representative about our Miami-area healthcare services. We offer both preventive cardiac care and swift emergency care for those at risk for heart attacks.

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