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    Emergency Care for Heart Attacks

    Last updated 6 days 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 (352) 398-4240.

    The Warning Signs of Heart Failure

    Last updated 14 days 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 (352) 398-4240.

    What Causes a Transient Ischemic Attack?

    Last updated 1 month 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 (352) 398-4240.

    Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery at Oak Hill Hospital

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you need spine surgery, where you go matters. At Oak Hill Hospital, we’re able to provide the very latest in minimally invasive spine surgery technologies with specialized patient care. Watch this video to learn more about our spine surgery services.

    We have an entire floor dedicated to spine care patients, and the team on that floor has the specialized knowledge necessary to help patients during their recoveries You can expect to be walking the same day of your procedure, and many patients only require an overnight hospital stay.

    If you need spine surgery, insist on a referral to Oak Hill Hospital. Take part in our Preoperative Spine Camp Program and experience the benefits of our amenities during recovery. For more information about spine and orthopedic surgeries at out Spring Hill hospital, call (352) 398-4240. 

    Debunking Common Myths About Breast Cancer

    Last updated 1 month ago

    At the Cancer Institute at Oak Hill Hospital, we’re dedicated not only to providing advanced care to our patients, but we’re also invested in providing patients with the education they need to fight their diseases. Because there are so many myths about cancer, many people are at risk of making decisions about screenings and treatments they might not make if they had all of the facts. As one of the leading causes of cancer in the US, there are many myths about breast cancer that can interfere with patient care. Here is the truth behind some of the misinformation that abounds about this kind of cancer.

    Myth: If You Have a Breast Lump, You Have Breast Cancer

    Finding a lump in your breast is not a clear sign that you have breast cancer. In fact, very few lumps are actually cancerous tumors. Don’t delay seeking medical attention for a breast lump because you’re nervous about the results. Instead, ask your doctor to refer you to Oak Hill Hospital for diagnostic imaging. In the event that you do have cancer, early diagnosis makes treatment easier.

    Myth: Men Don’t Have to Worry About Breast Cancer

    Breast cancer is not strictly a woman’s disease. Men can and do get breast cancer. Unfortunately, the rate of breast cancer survival in men is lower than in women, because men often seek treatment late. Everyone should report lumps in the breast area to a doctor for screening.

    Myth: Mammograms Make Breast Cancer Spread

    Compression during a mammogram will not cause cancerous cells in the breast to spread throughout the body. The minimal radiation exposure during a mammogram likewise cannot give you breast cancer or make existing breast cancer worse. Rather than being dangerous, mammograms are amoung the most important diagnostic tools your doctor has in the fight against breast cancer.

    Get the support you need to fight cancer, from diagnosis to treatment and recovery at the Cancer Institute at Oak Hill Hospital. In addition to cancer care, our Spring Hill hospital offers an ER, orthopedic and spine surgery, heart care, and much more. For a referral to one of our physicians or additional information, please call (352) 398-4240.


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