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    The Truth Behind Common Mammogram Myths

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you have never received a mammogram before, then it's only natural for you to feel a little apprehensive or even nervous about the procedure and all that it might entail. One way to calm your nerves and ensure that your mammogram is a simple and worry-free procedure is to speak with your breast care professionals about your upcoming appointment. Secondly, don't forget to read ahead to learn the truth behind some of the most common mammogram myths:

    Radiation Exposure Is Not As High As Many Believe

    One of the biggest concerns that women have that keep them from undergoing a mammogram is that the procedure heightens their risk of radiation-related problems. In fact, a mammogram exposes you to less radiation than a transatlantic flight or the full body scanners that you must pass through before taking such a flight.

    The Discomfort Is Only Brief and Temporary

    Contrary to what you may have heard from friends or in online forums, a mammogram is not a painful procedure and only causes a brief period of discomfort. The procedure entails gently compressing the breast temporarily in order to scan it. To lessen the amount of discomfort you may experience, schedule this breast care procedure after your period and discuss your pain sensitivity with the technologist.

    Mammograms Are Necessary Despite a Healthy Lifestyle and Good Genes

    Finally, don't fall victim to the false rumors that state a mammogram is not necessary if you are in good health and have no history of breast cancer in your family. Unfortunately, breast cancer can strike any female regardless of her family history or lifestyle. It is essential that if you are of a certain age -namely 55 or older- that you have a scan done at least once every two years.

    When you begin undergoing mammograms and how often you receive them are two topics that are important for you to discuss with your breast care specialist at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. In addition to breast care, we also offer orthopedic care, spine care, and stroke care at our Sarasota area medical center. Call us at (888) 685-1596 to learn more about our services.

    Spotlight on the Orthopedic & Spine Institute [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you need spine or orthopedic surgery, where you choose to go for your care matters. You need a hospital team who will care for you before, during, and after your procedure, making sure you have the information you need to prepare for your surgery and handle the recovery, all while keeping you as comfortable as possible. At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, that is exactly what you’ll find at our Orthopedic & Spine Institute. Our award-winning spine and orthopedic surgery center is made up of a team of multidisciplinary healthcare experts who are all focused on helping you get out of pain and back to living your life. Find out some of the benefits of choosing us for your surgery in this infographic, and help fellow patients who are considering surgery make the right choice by sharing this information with them. 

    Serenity Place at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Here at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we offer therapeutic and life-changing services for patients of all ages and from all walks of life. This is true throughout the hospital, and as you will learn in this video, it is one of the reasons why our unique Serenity Place is generating a buzz in the community. Serenity Place provides adults with an inspiring and calming environment in which they can rediscover themselves and regain power over their lives.

    Each former patient at Serenity Place can attest to the comforting and supportive attitude that each of our staff members provides. This attitude was just one of the many factors that makes patients feel consistently secure as well as satisfied with their decision to seek treatment voluntarily at our hospital.

    Could Serenity Place be the right environment for you or your loved one? To learn more about Serenity Place or other programs and services offered at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, call (888) 685-1596.

     

    Common Reasons for a Pacemaker

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Pacemakers are considered by many in the field of cardiovascular care to be one the most significant innovations of the 20th century. Today's incredibly efficient pacemakers can help patients increase their quality of life as well as their lifespan by encouraging the heart to beat at a steady pace despite existing medical problems. A doctor may recommend that a patient receives a pacemaker if he or she has a malfunctioning atrioventricular node that is slowing down the heart rate, or if heart performance needs to be improved for a patient with cardiomyopathy.

    As the experienced stroke care and cardiac care professionals here at the Doctors Hospital of Sarasota will share with you, in addition to the already suggested reasons, you may be considered a candidate for a pacemaker if your own sinoatrial node is underperforming. No matter what the reason is for receiving a pacemaker, however, our staff will ensure that you are well informed about the procedure and its benefits. To learn more about the many services we offer including cancer care, orthopedic care, and spine care, contact Doctors Hospital of Sarasota at (888) 685-1596.

    What to Expect from a Mammogram

    Last updated 3 years ago

    One of the most effective steps in preventative cancer care for women is a regular mammogram screening by a trusted medical professional. Mammograms show any major changes in breast tissue and can alert doctors to abnormalities that may be indicative of breast cancer. Here is a look at what you can expect from an upcoming mammogram:

    Preparing for a Mammogram

    If you have never had a mammogram before, then be sure to consult with your breast care specialist about preparing for the procedure. He or she will likely encourage you to schedule your mammogram for one week following your period so your breasts are not sore. Try to also avoid wearing deodorant and consider wearing a shirt and bottoms instead of a dress since you will need to remove your top.

    The Procedure Itself

    You can anticipate the procedure to take around half of an hour. During this time, your breasts will be placed between two plates of a mammogram machine and gently compressed for a period of a few seconds each. The compression, although uncomfortable, is necessary since it allows the technologist to take a more accurate picture of each breast for radiologists and other doctors to analyze later on.

    Analyzing the Results

    After you have completed this important breast care procedure, the images of your breasts will be sent to a radiologist for analysis. He or she will compare the images with any past mammograms you may have had and will determine whether or not you need to have your breasts further examined. Since cancer can be particularly difficult to detect in some women, it is important that you choose a breast care center that is experienced and reputable.

    Here at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, we're proud to offer breast care in addition to our comprehensive stroke care, orthopedic care, and spine care services. Our caring staff can assist you in scheduling mammograms, bone density exams, and guided breast biopsy procedures all in the comfort of our state-of-the-art Breast Care Center. Call (888) 685-1596 to learn more about our health services.

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