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    Are You at Risk for Stroke?

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death and disability in the US, but it is also one of the most preventable. There are so many things you can do to cut your risk of having a stroke and prevent yourself from becoming a statistic. If you do experience stroke symptoms, get to the ER immediately for life-saving care. To reduce your chances of facing a stroke, take steps to reduce these risk factors.


    Smoking looms large as a risk factor for many health conditions, including stroke. Giving up smoking isn’t easy, but help is available. Talk to your doctor about finding the support you need, including medications that can help control your cravings as you give up the habit. The good news is that even if you have smoked for a long time, your risk of stroke begins to fall as soon as you quit.

    Chronic Illness

    Many illnesses can increase your risk of having a stroke, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and high cholesterol. You can reduce your stroke risk by working closely with your doctor to control these conditions. Follow your care plan closely, make lifestyle adjustments suggested by your doctor, and take your medication as directed. Controlling these chronic conditions can drastically reduce the impact they have on your stroke risk.


    Obesity increases your risk of having a stroke because it increases your chances of having other conditions boost your stroke risk, including heart disease and high blood pressure. Likewise, obesity is often associated with diets high in fat, sugar, and salt, which can make stroke risk factors like high cholesterol difficult to manage. Ask your doctor for help making dietary changes and get at least 30 minutes of activity most days to maintain a healthy weight.

    Every second counts during a stroke, so if you or someone you know is experiencing symptoms, get care emergency care at Oak Hill Hospital. In addition to our ER care, our Stroke Center offers cutting-edge treatments to save brain tissue during a stroke and help for your recovery afterwards. For more information about our ER, stroke care, and more, call our Brookesville hospital at (352) 398-4240.  

    Award-Winning Medical Care at Oak Hill Hospital

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Emergency care across the United States can vary significantly, but at Oak Hill Hospital, we strive to maintain higher standards for all of our patients in Brooksville.  As you will learn in this video, our ER has gained recognition with the Women’s Choice Award from WomenCertified, which looks at hospitals everywhere in the country to see how they measure up. We have earned this award through extraordinary service in meeting the needs of women and their families when it matters most.

    To explore more of the award-winning services provided at Oak Hill Hospital, visit our website or call (352) 398-4240 for our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line. We remain dedicated to patient-centered care that will emphasize your needs and preferences, even when time is short. 

    A Look at Mitral Valve Repair

    Last updated 29 days ago

    The heart is made up of four chambers, with those on the left moving oxygenated blood directly from the lungs. The mitral valve separates the left atrium and left ventricle to keep blood moving forward through the two chambers. It may malfunction if the valve becomes hardened or loose, which can stop blood from moving forward or cause backflow. If either of these issues occurs, you may need mitral valve repair to repair the valve or reinforce it with manmade materials. When the damage is significant enough, a new valve will replace the malfunctioning one. This surgery may be performed with minimally invasive techniques to reduce surgical risks. Here’s a closer look at what is involved with this surgery to help you prepare.

    When surgery is needed

    Mitral regurgitation, mitral stenosis, and mitral valve prolapse are all causes for mitral valve repair. These conditions may cause symptoms such as fainting spells, shortness of breath, heart failure, or chest pain.

    What happens during surgery

    Surgery takes 2-4 hours during which you will be asleep under general anesthesia. You will either be hooked up to a heart-lung machine or have your heart rate slowed to ensure a complication-free procedure.

    What to expect in recovery

    Once surgery is complete, you will need to spend 3-5 days in the hospital with monitoring in the ICU. While you recover in the ICU, tubes will drain fluids from your chest. After these are removed, you will be transferred to a regular hospital room where a nurse will help you get back on your feet with gradual activity and rehabilitative care.

    At Oak Hill Hospital, you can expect exceptional care throughout your mitral valve repair procedure and recovery in Brooksville. You can reach us to learn more about our cardiac and surgical services on our website or by calling our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (352) 398-4240. 

    Knowing When to Go to the Emergency Room

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Sometimes medical situations may seem like a big deal, but they can be easily handled at home with the right type of first aid and a visit to the doctor later on. Alternatively, an emergency situation may not be immediately identified, because conditions such as heart attack or concussions might have symptoms that are not recognizable right away. Since it can be a little tricky knowing when medical care at the ER is needed, here is a quick guide to some of the critical symptoms that should be met with emergency care.

    Chest pains

    Chest pain is not always indicative of a heart attack, but it might be caused by respiratory, abdominal, or cardiac conditions that shouldn’t be ignored. Take note of when your chest pain starts and how long it lasts, as the nature of your pain may narrow down the diagnosis.

    Uncontrolled bleeding

    The size of a laceration does not always match up with its severity. In the case of puncture wounds, there may be only a small cut that penetrates deep into the tissue and continues bleeding even when pressure is applied. In situations like this, it is important to keep the wound clean and protected with gauze or a towel on the way to the ER.

    Head injuries

    It can be difficult to assess the severity of a head injury, but you won’t want to chance it when a blow to the head causes loss of consciousness, blurred vision, or a severe bump. ER physicians will use imaging tests to explore the extent of the trauma and help you recover quickly.

    Severe dehydration

    If you’ve been suffering from food poisoning or other types of gastrointestinal stress, you may be unable to drink enough water to stay hydrated. You may need emergency care to relieve dehydration and get medication to let you keep down water.

    The emergency room at Oak Hills Hospital will let you get the quick and reliable care you need in Brooksville. Our commitment to quality and patient-centered care has helped us receive the Lantern Award from the Emergency Nurses Association, a recognition only 17 hospitals in the nation were awarded. You can see our ER wait times or learn more about our hospital on our website or by calling (352) 398-4240. 

    The Benefits of Robotically Assisted Surgery

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Robotically assisted surgery may sound like science fiction, but it has actually become quite common for procedures ranging from valve repair to hysterectomy. With robotically assisted surgery, surgeons work from a control panel featuring high-definition cameras to view the surgical site in real time. The surgeon guides specially designed tools through tiny incisions to precisely and accurately perform a wide range of procedures.

    Because robotically assisted surgery involves minimally invasive incisions, there is a lower chance of surgical complications like bleeding or infection. Robotic surgical tools are also capable of very fine movements that even the most skilled surgeons cannot manage with their hands alone, creating the potential for new surgical procedures that may advance medical care in the future.

    At Oak Hill Hospital, we are proud to offer robotically assisted surgery with the da Vinci Surgical System. Take a look at our high-tech surgical center on our website or find a physician with our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (352) 398-4240. 


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