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    Potential Complications from Untreated Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 43 minutes ago

    Sleep apnea is perhaps one of the more alarming types of sleep disorders because it has the potential to lead to serious complications when left untreated. This disorder occurs when an individual repeatedly stops breathing while asleep. When breathing ceases, the brain signals to the body to wake up briefly to resume breathing. While it’s commonly believed that sleep disorders won’t lead to anything more serious than fatigue, sleep apnea may force you to see a cardiologist for heart and vascular conditions or even end up in an emergency care facility.

    Daytime Fatigue

    Since sleep apnea interferes with the natural progression of the sleep cycles, patients are particularly susceptible to excessive daytime fatigue. This can increase the risk of vehicular accidents and other accidents with heavy machinery, potentially leading to an emergency room visit.

    High Blood Pressure

    Cardiologists often work with patients who have elevated blood pressure levels caused by untreated sleep apnea. High blood pressure occurs in these cases because of the abrupt drop in blood oxygen levels when breathing ceases during sleep. This places strain on the cardiovascular system.

    Heart Attack

    Patients with untreated sleep apnea have an increased risk of other adverse cardiovascular problems, such as heart attack. Additionally, if a patient has heart disease, the repeated episodes of low blood oxygen levels can cause sudden death from heart failure.


    Researchers have found that people with untreated sleep apnea have a greater risk of developing diabetes, a chronic disease. This could be partly due to sleep deprivation, which can mimic the effects of insulin resistance in the body and lead to a pre-diabetic state.

    JFK Medical Center was the first hospital to open a sleep center in Palm Beach County designed to diagnose and treat disorders such as sleep apnea. Our patients also have access to unparalleled cardiology services and emergency care in case complications arise. To schedule a visit with a cardiologist or sleep disorder expert, call (561) 693-4603.

    What Makes JFK Medical Center Special?

    Last updated 3 days ago

    With an enduring commitment to excellence and clinical innovation, JFK Medical Center is proud to be a leader in the healthcare community. For decades, our dedicated healthcare professionals and support staff have been committed to working closely with each patient to develop personalized and effective solutions.

    We’re pleased to share some of our many success stories with you in this video. By viewing this video, you’ll learn about a man who was diagnosed with vocal cord cancer, yet still enjoys the use of his voice to this day. One of our healthcare professionals was diagnosed with breast cancer and survived with the help of her caring colleagues.

    See the difference our caring professionals can make by scheduling a visit to JFK Medical Center of Palm Beach County. Call (561) 693-4603 to arrange an appointment with one of our cardiologists, neurologists, orthopedists, or other specialists.

    Act F.A.S.T. at the Onset of a Stroke

    Last updated 4 days ago

    When a stroke occurs, emergency care can make all the difference. Prompt emergency care can drastically increase the chances of survival and lessen the possibility of debilitating, lifelong complications. This is why it’s critical to become aware of the warning signs of a stroke. You can use the acronym “F.A.S.T.” to remind yourself of these warning signs. The “F” refers to the person’s face. You can ask a potential stroke victim to smile to observe if one side of the smile droops downward.

    The “A” refers to the person’s arms. A stroke causes weakness on one side of the body. If the person outstretches his or her arms parallel to the floor and one arm drifts downward, a stroke could be occurring. The “S” refers to the person’s speech. If the potential stroke victim suffers from slurred speech, emergency care is required. And lastly, the “T” in the acronym refers to time; when a stroke occurs, seconds count.

    The Stroke Center at JFK Medical Center provides emergency care with our specially trained team of specialists. Residents of Palm Beach County who require emergency care should call 911; otherwise, you can call (561) 693-4603 to learn more about stroke treatment.

    What Is an MRI and When Is It Used?

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a type of imaging scan used for diagnostic purposes. It involves the use of radio waves and very strong magnets to create images of the internal structures of the body. An MRI is different from x-rays in that it does not involve the use of radiation. Sometimes, patients have an MRI exam with contrast dye, which helps the doctor evaluate blood vessels. An MRI is also capable of providing images of the organs, tissues, and skeletal system.

    Neurologists commonly request MRIs of the spinal cord and brain to look for potential problems such as tumors, stroke, spinal cord injuries, aneurysms, and multiple sclerosis. A cardiologist may request an MRI of the heart and blood vessels to evaluate the size and function of the heart, possible damage to the heart, and inflammation or obstructions of the blood vessels. Orthopedists rely on MRIs to diagnose problems such as arthritis, bone infections, and disc abnormalities.

    If you have any questions about an upcoming diagnostic exam, call JFK Medical Center at (561) 693-4603. 

    Happy Labor Day! We hope you have a safe and happy holiday.

    Last updated 16 days ago


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