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    Five Sudden Stroke Symptoms

    Last updated 2 years ago

    The quicker you can recognize a stroke, the sooner you can receive life-saving treatment. This video reviews five common warning signs of stroke.

    The first stroke symptom is sudden vision loss. Head pain is another warning sign, as a severe headache with no known cause could indicate a blood vessel blockage or rupture in the brain. A third symptom is limb numbness. Because strokes can cause limb dysfunction, you might also find it difficult to walk when experiencing a stroke. The last of the five major stroke symptoms is speech difficulties. If you cannot speak or understand those around you, get emergency care as soon as possible.

    Do you want to know more about how to identify a stroke? Call Doctors Hospital of Sarasota at (888) 685-1596 to learn about our iTriage Symptom Checker program for Northport, Venice, and Bradenton residents.

     

    What Are Orthopedic Care Services?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Orthopedic care focuses on the health and wellbeing of your musculoskeletal system, which includes the care of your bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons. The Orthopaedic & Spine Institute at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota is dedicated to providing personalized orthopedic care in comfort and privacy in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

    Imaging Procedures

    Orthopedic care begins with diagnosis of injuries and illnesses that affect the musculoskeletal system. In many cases, diagnosis relies upon imaging the affected area to determine the cause of pain, swelling, or loss of mobility. Orthopedic imaging procedures include X-rays, bone scans, computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging. In some cases, more than one imaging procedure may be performed to more accurately diagnose your condition.

    Medication

    Pain and swelling associated with injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis can often be addressed via medication. Your orthopedic care may include taking medications such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (e.g., aspirin, naproxen, ibuprofen) by mouth to address discomfort. Alternatively, your orthopedic physician can administer medication injections, such as corticosteroids or hyaluronic acid, to deliver medication directly to the site of your pain.

    Orthopedic Surgery

    If other methods of pain relief and rehabilitation have failed, your orthopedic physician may suggest a surgical procedure to address a musculoskeletal issue. Common orthopedic surgery procedures include joint replacement, repair of torn tendons or ligaments, spinal surgery to remove a damaged disc or bone spur, and surgical repair of a fractured bone. Orthopedic surgery can also address bunions, hammertoes, and carpal tunnel syndrome. Following your orthopedic surgery, you may need rehabilitative services such as physical therapy to rebuild strength, flexibility, and range of motion.

    At Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, our team of qualified orthopedic surgeons, nursing staff, neurosurgeons, and physical therapists are pleased to offer a wide range of procedures in Northport, Venice, and Bradenton. Please visit us online to explore our full list of healthcare services or call (888) 685-1596 to speak with a registered nurse and receive a physician referral today.

    Reducing Your Risk of Breast Cancer

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Statistics show that breast cancer will affect one out of every eight women. Breast cancer is associated with many risk factors; understanding your risks can help you to make positive changes today to lower your risk for breast cancer in the future. One of the best ways to reduce your breast cancer risk is to maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy diet and exercising regularly. You should also aim to get a good night’s sleep every night and limit your consumption of alcohol to one drink per day. Talk to your doctor if you are taking hormone replacement therapy or oral contraceptives to weigh your risks and benefits. If you have a family history of breast cancer, you and your doctor may discuss other ways to reduce your risk of breast cancer, such as preventive surgeries or early and more frequent screenings.

    The Doctors Hospital of Sarasota Breast Care Center is pleased to provide breast diagnostics and care in Sarasota. You can get more information about mammography, breast biopsy, and breast MRI by calling (888) 685-1596, or visit us on the web to explore our comprehensive health library.

    Does Eating Garlic Lower Bad Cholesterol?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    There are two types of cholesterol in the human body: LDL, or bad cholesterol, and HDL, or good cholesterol. Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels requires both sustaining the right level of HDL while reducing your LDL levels.

    This video examines common myths associated with good and bad cholesterol. Many people believe that eating garlic can lower bad cholesterol; however, a recent study found this belief to be false. If you have questions about lowering bad cholesterol to reduce your risk for stroke and heart disease, talk to your physician.

    Doctors Hospital of Sarasota strives to provide excellence in both patient care and education. Our 155-bed acute care hospital offers comprehensive healthcare services, including stroke care, cancer care, breast care, and emergency care. Click through our website or call (888) 685-1596 to find out more about us!

    Controllable Risk Factors of Stroke

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is cut off, resulting in damage to the brain tissues that may affect cognition and movement. There are many risk factors for stroke, including age, family history, current health, and lifestyle. While some risk factors cannot be changed, others can be improved to reduce your risk of a stroke. Talk to your physician today about assessing your stroke risk factors and making positive lifestyle changes for better health.

    Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is a significant risk factor for stroke. If your blood pressure is 140/90 or above, seeking treatment to lower your blood pressure can also reduce your risk for stroke and heart attack. Treatment for high blood pressure may include taking oral medications, reducing the amount of sodium in your diet, and developing a fitness program for improved cardiovascular health.

    Diabetes

    Diabetes is a systemic disease characterized by poorly-controlled levels of glucose in your blood. Studies have shown that individuals with diabetes are up to four times more likely to suffer from a stroke as individuals who don’t suffer from this condition. This increased risk may be associated with the fact that many people with diabetes also exhibit other risks for heart disease. Taking steps to control your diabetes can thus also lower your risk for stroke by improving your cardiovascular health and overall wellness.

    Tobacco Use

    Smoking and other tobacco use can damage your cardiovascular system, doubling your risk of a stroke. Quitting a smoking habit is a positive step toward a reduced risk of stroke and better overall health. If you have concerns about quitting, your physician can help you develop a long-term plan that can help you slowly reduce your tobacco usage to increase your chances of success.

    Do you have questions about your risk for stroke, heart disease, or other conditions? Call Doctors Hospital of Sarasota today at (888) 685-1596 for a physician referral. You can learn more about our hospital and the services we offer, including stroke care, emergency services, and rehabilitation, on our website.

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