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An Overview of Different Anxiety Disorders

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Anxiety is a normal reaction when preparing a workplace presentation or learning of a health diagnosis. For some people, however, anxiety is a constant presence that often upsets their quality of life. Generalized anxiety disorder can result in the disruption of life enjoyment, and many behavioral health problems arise due to specific circumstances or experiences. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers effective treatment options for these anxiety disorders.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Meeting and socializing with people can be stressful for many individuals. Social anxiety disorder can make it difficult for affected individuals to engage with even familiar friends and loved ones. This condition triggers extreme negative emotions, as sufferers believe that their behavior and speech may be evaluated under critical eyes. To avoid this perceived judgment, they may isolate themselves from all social gatherings. In some cases, this anxiety disorder can damage career aspirations and personal relationships.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is another type of anxiety disorder that can interfere with everyday life. Those who suffer from this condition may fixate on actions or objects. For instance, some individuals may preoccupy themselves with needing to be clean at all times, and to fulfill this need, they shower several times a day or wash their hands hundreds of times each day. Though they recognize the negative impact that this fixation can have to their happiness, they cannot stop their behaviors.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Under some circumstances, an anxiety disorder may develop due to an unanticipated event that leaves extensive emotional scars. Childhood abuse and military conflict are just two possible scenarios that can bring on post-traumatic stress disorder. Individuals who suffer from this condition continue to experience intense emotional distress long after the initial event that caused it. They may also become adverse to engaging in any activity or going to any location that is a reminder of their past.

Are you experiencing signs of an anxiety disorder? Aventura Hospital and Medical Center in the greater Miami area can help. To speak with a nurse about your concerns and to get a referral to a behavioral health expert, call (305) 682-1704.


Why Does Your Blood Pressure Matter?

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You likely heard about the dangers of high blood pressure. Since hypertension typically doesn’t present symptoms, you might underestimate the significance of this problem. If you suspect that you may have high blood pressure, or you have already been diagnosed with hypertension, controlling your condition is critical to your cardiovascular health.

Blood pressure indicates the amount of force exerted on the arteries as the heart pumps blood throughout the body. If this pressure is too high, it can damage the arteries, which carry oxygenated blood to the heart, brain, and other organs. Though durable and flexible, the arteries can weaken, making them vulnerable to rupture. They might also grow scar tissue that makes it easier for cholesterol and fat to collect on their walls. Uncontrolled hypertension can lead to both heart attacks and stroke, two of the most common causes of death in the United States.

Take action today to bring your blood pressure under control. Call Aventura Hospital and Medical Center at (305) 682-1704 to discuss your condition with a Consult-A-Nurse representative. We offer cardiac care services for the Miami and Aventura communities.


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.

 


Why Mammograms Are Important

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Preventive wellness is critical for men and women alike, and women in particular must be diligent about their breast health. Though survival rates for breast cancer continue to rise, successfully overcoming this disease relies in large part on early detection and treatment. That is why Aventura Hospital and Medical Center urges all eligible women to undergo mammogram screenings each year, as this procedure is an integral part of preventive breast healthcare.

Finding Malignancies Early

A monthly breast self-examination can help women familiarize themselves with the particular characteristics of their breasts. When women know what is normal for them, a self-examination can bring to light irregularities that might require professional evaluation. Even with regular self-examinations, annual clinical examinations are essential to finding lumps, rashes, and other warning signs of breast cancer. A mammogram can uncover the presence of potentially malignant cells before they produce these common symptoms. Because a mammogram reveals how breast tissue looks below the skin, doctors can evaluate it for abnormal growths and biopsy them while they are still small.

Treating Tumors Effectively

If a biopsy determines that the sample cells are malignant, a mammogram could potentially save the life of a patient. Since this procedure can alert doctors to a tumor well before it grows large enough to be felt through examination, cancer care experts have a better chance to eradicate the malignancy through surgery, radiation therapy, chemotherapy, or other means. Containment is an important factor in effective cancer treatment, so addressing the tumor before it becomes bigger and spreads to other organs or the bloodstream can dramatically increase the survival rate for breast cancer patients. When the growth is still small, cancer treatment can also be given with less aggressive measures, making it possible for patients to return to health more quickly and with fewer complications.

If you are 40 or older, make annual mammograms a part of your preventive healthcare plan. To learn more about how the mammogram procedure works, call (305) 682-1704 or visit our website. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center offers comprehensive breast care services for Hollywood, Miami, and Hallandale Beach residents.


Understanding the Basics of Alzheimer's Disease

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Many people might think memory loss is a normal part of the aging process. While mild lapses can arise with greater frequency in older age, some instances of memory loss are actually the initial warning signs of a greater problem: Alzheimer’s disease. This neurological condition deteriorates brain health and robs sufferers of the ability to care for others or themselves. Aventura Hospital and Medical Center provides neurological care for those with this condition.

Alzheimer’s Is a Progressive Disease

Being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease can be overwhelming, as this condition only worsens with time. Medical research has yet to find a cure for this problem, which leaves patients and their families with the knowledge that their health will continue to decline. Alzheimer’s disease begins with the deterioration of cognitive function, making it more difficult for sufferers to reason and remember. As the disease progresses, though, it can cause widespread bodily dysfunction. Patients may eventually have issues controlling their bowel movements, swallowing food, and even breathing.

Memory Loss Is Only One Sign of Alzheimer’s

Memory loss is a common indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, but it is not the only symptom of it. Alzheimer’s can also degrade a person’s ability to think logically or rationally. For instance, a person with advancing Alzheimer’s may see no issue with giving confidential information to a stranger. Alzheimer’s disease can make spatial awareness more difficult as well. People with this condition may suddenly find it a challenge to drive themselves home from familiar places like the office or grocery store.

Alzheimer’s Is a Common Cause of Death in Seniors

The senior population continues to grow, and with it, the number of Alzheimer’s disease cases. Individuals under the age of 60 can still suffer from early onset Alzheimer’s, but in most cases, this condition affects those in their senior years. For this reason, it is important that older individuals and their loved ones pay attention to early warning signs. Though no cure yet exists, neurological specialists can provide management options for symptoms that could improve quality of life for patients.

Do you have more questions about Alzheimer’s disease? Aventura Hospital and Medical Center can help. Call (305) 682-1704 to discuss your concerns with one of our associates in the greater Miami area.

 


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