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Meningitis is a life-threatening condition that requires emergency care. It is an infection that causes the swelling of the membranes on the brain and spinal cord. Sometimes, the symptoms develop rapidly, while in other cases they may take a few days to develop. Symptoms are generally noticeable within three to seven days following exposure. In a newborn or infant, the symptoms of meningitis include lethargy, irritability, vomiting, and poor feeding. The child may also display impaired reflexes.
In an older child, adolescent, or adult, the classic symptoms of meningitis include fever, stiff neck, and headache. Other symptoms may include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light. Some patients may become confused. If the bacteria that cause meningitis enter the bloodstream, it can lead to septicemia or bacteremia. This dangerous condition can cause symptoms such as cold chills, rapid breathing, diarrhea, and severe pain in the joints, stomach, or chest. If left untreated, the patient may develop a purplish rash.
If you think you or a family member could have meningitis, call for emergency care services right away. JFK Medical Center offers two off-site ERs with state-of-the-art diagnostic facilities and comprehensive emergency care services. To learn more about our hospital, call (561) 693-4603.
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Neuropathy refers to damage to the nerves. Peripheral neuropathy means that the peripheral nervous system is affected. This network of nerves connects your spinal cord to other areas of your body. If your doctor suspects that you could have peripheral neuropathy, you may be referred to a neurologist. Your neurologist can determine the underlying cause of your nerve damage and propose treatment options.
The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy are usually first noticeable in the feet and toes; however, your hands may also be affected. You’ll likely notice a gradually worsening tingling sensation, accompanied by numbing. You might suffer from burning or jabbing pain, sensitivity to touch, and loss of balance. Muscle twitches and weakness can also occur. In severe cases, you might experience paralysis, loss of muscle control, and muscle atrophy.
Diabetes is among the most common causes of this neurological condition. When blood sugar levels are poorly managed, the nerves become damaged. Other possible causes include inherited disorders such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, infections such as the Epstein-Barr virus, and physical trauma. Alcoholism may lead to peripheral neuropathy, as individuals with alcoholism tend to make poor dietary decisions.
Your neurologist will customize your treatment to suit your needs. The treatment typically focuses on resolving the underlying cause of peripheral neuropathy, such as dietary deficiencies. If you have diabetes, it’s critically important to maintain stable blood sugar levels. You may be prescribed medications to relieve the pain. Additionally, your neurologist may recommend physical therapy or transcutaneous electronic nerve stimulation. Lifestyle modifications may also help, such as getting regular exercise, following a healthy diet, refraining from alcohol consumption, and quitting smoking, if applicable.
JFK Medical Center has been nationally recognized as a leader in the diagnosis and care of those with complex neurological conditions. Our team of neurologists and other neuroscience specialists use the latest technological advances to provide the best possible care for our patients. For more information, call (561) 693-4603.
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Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) occur when a blow to the head results in brain damage. They’re often the result of sports injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and military service in combat zones. The symptoms can range in severity; however, any injury to the brain should be considered serious enough to warrant a visit to an emergency care department. Symptoms of this neurological condition may sometimes appear immediately after the injury or they may not be apparent until days or even weeks afterward.
Mild TBI Symptoms
A mild TBI may cause brief loss of consciousness at the time of the injury. However, loss of consciousness is not necessary for a blow to the head to be considered a TBI. Instead, you might feel dazed or disoriented. You may suffer a headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, or blurred vision. Sensitivity to light and sound, mood swings, sleep disturbances, and concentration problems are also common.
Moderate to Severe TBI Symptoms
With a more severe TBI, you may lose consciousness for a few minutes or for a matter of hours. You might suffer convulsions, slurred speech, severe confusion, headache, and persistent nausea and vomiting. You may notice numbness or weakness in your fingers or toes, your speech may become slurred, and your pupils may be dilated. Sometimes, clear fluid may drain from the ears or nose. Additionally, a moderate to severe TBI can cause behavioral changes, such as agitation or aggressiveness.
Long-Term TBI Complications
The problems associated with this neurological condition may persist for months. Some complications may even be permanent. Cognitive problems can occur, such as difficulty with memory, reasoning, organization, and concentration. You may experience behavioral and emotional changes, such as problems with self-control, engagement in risky behavior, mood swings, depression, and a loss of empathy. A TBI may also cause communication problems, such as problems speaking or writing, difficulty following conversations, and trouble interpreting nonverbal cues.
JFK Medical Center offers emergency care, including two off-site emergency rooms, for those who have suffered a TBI or other medical emergency. Our neurologists will work with you to develop a comprehensive treatment plan to address your immediate symptoms and long-term complications. If you have any questions about the neurological services available at our hospital, call (561) 693-4603.
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One of the possible causes of stroke is intracerebral hemorrhage. This occurs when a blood vessel inside the brain is diseased and bursts. The subsequent bleeding inside the brain results in increased pressure, which can damage the surrounding blood vessels. A sudden increase in pressure can cause unconsciousness or even death. Intracerebral hemorrhage may be caused by high blood pressure, infections, blood vessel abnormalities, and other health problems.
Individuals who experience the symptoms of intracerebral hemorrhage should seek emergency care. The symptoms can vary, depending on the area of the brain that’s affected. In general, however, an individual may suffer from loss of balance or coordination, nausea, vomiting, lethargy, unconsciousness, and headache. Weakness, difficult movements, vision changes, and communication problems may also indicate intracerebral hemorrhage.
The fully certified Stroke Center at JFK Medical Center offers emergency care and advanced techniques to quickly respond to intracerebral hemorrhage and similar problems. If you have any questions about our emergency care, call (561) 693-4603.
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Did you know that more lives are lost to heart disease than the combined sum of the next four leading causes of death? Cardiologists in hospitals across the country and The American Heart Association are conducting cardiovascular research to discover new ways of treating heart disease and other heart problems. You can support the research initiatives at the American Heart Association by joining in its Red Out event programs.
Watch this video to learn more about local Red Out programs. You’ll hear from a girl who was born with multiple heart defects. She explains the importance of community support and participation in Red Out events, and offers tips on ways you can participate.
The Heart and Vascular Institute at JFK Medical Center has earned a national reputation for exceptional patient care. You can schedule an appointment with a cardiologist by calling (561) 693-4603 or you can visit our website to learn more about our clinical trials.