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    Stroke Risk Factors You Can Control

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Strokes can be debilitating or deadly. They require immediate emergency care, and adjusting to life after a stroke can be a major challenge to say the least. The absolute best thing you can do to treat a stroke is prevent it before it happens. While there are some risk factors you can’t control, there are plenty of others that you can eliminate simply by changing your lifestyle. They are:

    Your Choice of Diet

    A diet full of good, healthy nutrition versus one laden with fats and non-nutrients is a good way to stave off a host of chronic illnesses, diseases, and conditions. Reduce your risk of stroke and many other health problems by choosing to eat a diet centered around plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

    You can have satisfying portions of meats, just be selective about the type of meat, going for white meats and seafood before red meat. Try to minimize your consumption of refined or added sugars and salts. Finally, keep it all in balance, only taking in as many calories as your body actually needs.

    Your Level of Exercise

    Regular exercise can help you control your weight, but it also has a number of other health benefits, including improving circulation. You don’t have to become a body builder, but do try to get in at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise each week, with at least two of your sessions incorporating some type of weight training. Walking is an excellent and easy starting point if you’re just beginning.

    Your Tobacco and Alcohol Use

    Any type of tobacco use increases your stroke risk, especially cigarette smoking. In fact, it doubles your risk. If you’ve tried to quit and feel you can’t, talk to a doctor today about options to help you quit. It could save your life! As to drinking, moderation is key.

    At Oak Hill Hospital in Brookesville, we want you to have the healthiest life possible. If you do need emergency care, don’t hesitate to come in right away. We also offer a number of other health services, including our state of the art robotic surgery techniques. Call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 741-5120 for more information.

    How to Prepare for a Mammogram

    Last updated 3 months ago

    Mammograms are an invaluable tool for the early detection of breast cancer. While they can’t treat cancer, early detection is the key to saving lives. If you’re preparing for your first mammogram, it’s natural to have a little bit of anxiety. Here’s what you can do to prepare and make the experience less intimidating.

    If you’re still having regular periods, try to schedule your mammogram the week after your period when your breasts are least likely to be tender. You can also take an over the counter pain reliever an hour or so before your appointment if you are afraid that the pressure will cause too much discomfort.

    Don’t wear any kind of deodorant as it can interfere with imaging. You may prefer to schedule first thing in the morning for this reason. If you have had a mammogram in the past, bring those records with you for comparison. Finally, be sure that the facility you choose is FDA certified and meets the required standards for imaging and care.

    At Oak Hill Hospital, we offer digital mammogram imaging in addition to a host of other healthcare services, including emergency care, spine and orthopedic care, and even robotic surgery. Call (888) 741-5120 for more information.

    Emergency Care for Heart Attacks

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Heart health is a major concern for older Americans, and a specialty of Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, Florida. Do you know the importance of getting proper care quickly in the event of a heart attack?

    This video from Oak Hill Hospital’s Emergency Care Center explains why it is necessary to get emergency care for a heart attack. A short STEMI time, as explained in the video, can save a great deal of heart muscle and provide better chances of survival and recovery. Oak Hill Hospital’s STEMI time beats the national standard, allowing more lives to be saved.

    Oak Hill Hospital offers advanced options for life-saving surgeries and procedures. To learn more about our response times and treatments for heart attacks, strokes, and other major health concerns, call (888) 741-5120.

    The Warning Signs of Heart Failure

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Heart failure is a chronic condition that develops over time where the heart is no longer able to efficiently supply the body with enough blood. It is not the same as a heart attack, though you can certainly still have a heart attack or other problems that would require emergency care if you have heart failure. There are a number of warning signs of heart failure, and you should report any of these symptoms to your doctor right away for evaluation:

    Shortness of Breath, Chronic Coughing, or Wheezing

    When blood is not able to move through the body fast enough, it can begin to pool in the pulmonary veins, causing fluid to build up in the lungs. When this happens, you can experience shortness of breath for no identifiable reason at all, though most people notice the symptom upon becoming too easily winded during mild activities.

    You might have shortness of breath alone or alongside coughing or wheezing. You may even cough up blood-tinged or white mucus. An increased heart rate where it feels like your heart is racing is also common as your heart tries to compensate for its inadequate force with speed.

    Swelling (Edema)

    Fluid can accumulate in the hands, feet, and other parts of the body as it seeps into the tissue because the blood isn’t moving fast enough. This can be mild or pronounced, and can be quite uncomfortable.

    General Fatigue, Loss of Appetite, or Nausea

    When your blood is moving too slowly, you may simply feel tired in general no matter how much rest you get, and you may have no interest in eating. Sometimes you can even feel sick to your stomach.

    Mental Impairment

    Heart failure may manifest in general confusion or memory loss. You might feel disoriented as the brain starves for vital minerals and electrolytes.

    If you have any of these symptoms, or especially a combination of two or more, you need to see a cardiologist for assessment right away. If your symptoms are severe, you may need emergency care. Come to Oak Hill Hospital or contact our healthcare referral line at (888) 741-5120.

    What Causes a Transient Ischemic Attack?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Transient ischemic attacks, or TIAs, are also sometimes referred to as mini strokes. That is because they mimic full-blown strokes but only last for a brief period of time. However, while TIAs tend to be short and rarely cause any damage, they should be taken seriously as indicators that a larger stroke could be imminent.

    TIAs are caused by blood clots that block the flow of blood to the brain temporarily. During a stroke, these blockages stay in place until treatment is provided, but with TIAs, they clear up on their own – often in minutes. A number of conditions can trigger these blood clots, but they are most commonly associated with heart disease, atherosclerosis, and abnormal clotting.

    Stroke is a medical emergency. If you or someone you know is experiencing stroke symptoms, get help immediately at the ER at Oak Hill Hospital and our Certified Primary Stroke Center. Get answers to your questions about stroke care, our ER, and the other services at our Brookesville hospital by calling (888) 741-5120.




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