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    What Is a Diagnostic Sleep Study?

    Last updated 13 hours ago

    If you find it difficult to fall asleep at night, or you wake up exhausted even after eight hours of sleep, you might have a sleep disorder. Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders, and prevents millions of people from getting enough sleep. Sleep apnea can also rob sufferers of the nightly rest they need for physical and mental wellbeing. Fortunately, a diagnostic sleep study can shed light on the nature of your sleep disorder and help sleep experts determine a course of action to treat it. In many cases, a sleep study is done in a controlled setting where specialists can observe your sleeping behaviors. During this time, they might also monitor your vital statistics, including your heart rate and oxygen levels.

    Don’t suffer through another night of poor sleep. Call JFK Medical Center at (561) 693-4603 to find out more about our Atlantis sleep center. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can answer any questions you may have about our sleep study services and refer you to the right sleep specialists.

    The Dangers of Diabetic Wounds

    Last updated 3 days ago

    To many people, a cut or sore is only a temporary albeit uncomfortable condition. For individuals with diabetes, however, even a minor wound can bring on major health complications.

    People with diabetes must often contend with issues beyond poor insulin production. This metabolic condition can also suppress immunity and damage nerves, making it difficult for sufferers to detect wounds and fight off bacterial infections. The lower extremities can be particularly vulnerable to cuts that a diabetic individual might not feel due to neuropathy. In the meantime, germs can invade the lacerated skin, muscle, and other tissues. Even after wound treatment begins, poor blood supply may delay the healing process. In extreme cases, amputation may be necessary if necrosis sets in.

    JFK Medical Center offers comprehensive wound care through our Wound Management Center. Our staff includes orthopedic, vascular, and podiatric specialists who can see to it that you get back to health as soon as possible. Call (561) 693-4603 today to learn more about our wound management services in Atlantis.

    What to Expect When You're Recovering from Cancer Surgery

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Surgery to remove malignant tumors is a common cancer care approach, as it can reduce the risk of the disease spreading to other parts of the body. However, many invasive techniques, including cancer surgery, can have a substantial impact on patients. With preparation and patience, however, those who undergo cancer surgery can hasten their recovery process and make a quicker return to health. Contact JFK Medical Center for more information on how to best address surgical side effects of cancer surgery.

    Fatigue

    Cancer surgery can make a patient feel chronically tired for several reasons. This treatment measure typically involves the use of general anesthesia, which can take a day or more to fully leave a patient’s system. Even after the effects of anesthesia abate, surgery recipients may still be exhausted due to blood loss and the healing process. During this time, it becomes essential that patients attend to their self-care needs. Good nutrition and adequate sleep can both help in alleviating chronic fatigue. With the approval of a physician, exercise can also improve energy.

    Fluid Drainage

    Surgical treatment is traumatizing to the body, which may respond with increased fluid production at the surgery site. To alleviate the swelling and discomfort that result from fluid accumulation, a surgeon might insert special tubes to remove it. This drainage system is only temporary, and patients can often expect their removal in the days following surgery.

    Soreness

    Many surgical patients also experience soreness or tenderness at the surgical site. To alleviate this side effect, it is important to keep the incisions clean and dry. Both moisture and outside contaminants can increase the risk of infection, which may hinder the healing process. Following doctor recommendations to rest is likewise integral to avoiding the opening of stitches or sutures. Activity may be encouraged later in recovery, though, to keep muscles strong and limber. With moderate exercise, many cancer surgery recipients can lessen the effects of body soreness.

    Are you about to undergo cancer surgery? Call (561) 693-4603 to discuss your upcoming treatment with a JFK Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse. Our around-the-clock medical experts in Atlantis can help you prepare for your procedure and postoperative care.

    Understanding the Complications of GERD

    Last updated 11 days ago

    GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a painful condition that affects millions of people in the United States. In many cases, sufferers might assume that they must tolerate their symptoms, and subsequently delay treatment for it. However, effective treatments are available for GERD patients, and doctors recommend that they seek help as soon as possible. Should initial symptoms of GERD go untreated, they can evolve into more serious problems.

    Cell Mutation

    Perhaps the most significant complication of GERD is the changing of the cells in the esophagus. This can occur when these cells are exposed to the acidic fluids regularly entering the esophagus for months or even years at a time. Should the makeup of the cells mutate, they can potentially become malignant. Barrett’s esophagus is the clinical term for this cell mutation, and without timely treatment, GERD sufferers may risk the onset of esophageal cancer in the future.

    Sores

    Even in the absence of cell mutation, the tissues that line the esophagus can incur substantial damage from repetitive exposure to the acids that normally reside in the stomach. In a healthy individual, these acids help to break down food and prepare it for conversion to blood glucose. When they enter the esophagus, though, they can inflame it and cause the formation of sores. These sores can make it especially painful for GERD sufferers to eat.

    Scar Tissue

    The acidic fluids that enter the esophagus can also contribute to the development of scar tissue. The esophagus is normally a flexible structure that can accommodate pieces of food moving from the mouth into the stomach. Scar tissue can make the esophagus both rigid and narrow, making it more difficult for GERD sufferers to swallow without the risk of indigestion or choking. Appropriate treatment for GERD can address early symptoms and prevent the onset of these more advanced side effects.

    Let JFK Medical Center help you get your GERD under control. For more information on our gastrointestinal care services, call (561) 693-4603. Our Atlantis healthcare specialists can determine the cause of your gastroesophageal reflux disease and recommend effective treatment options for it.

    Spotlight on Stroke Care in the ER at JFK Medical Center

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Did you know that stroke accounts for over a hundred thousand deaths in the United States each year? That is why swift emergency care is vital to stroke survival and recovery.

    This video gives a first-hand account of how the rapid ER response times at JFK Medical Center can save lives. When Joan had a stroke, she was taken to the off-site JFK Medical Center ER in Boynton Beach. There she got the excellent care she needed to survive her brain attack. Now Joan is alive to tell her story and recommend JFK Medical Center for others who might need stroke care.

    JFK Medical Center in Atlantis has two off-site ERs in nearby Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. For more information on our emergency care options, call (561) 693-4603.




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