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    Managing Your Risk of Diabetes

    Last updated 2 days 19 hours ago

    According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes. Type 2 diabetes, which can develop during adulthood, poses the highest risk to Americans.

    This video discusses the importance of managing your risk of type 2 diabetes. If you are overweight and older than 45, you have a higher risk of developing diabetes than the general population. It’s a good idea to have a doctor assess your risk of diabetes—especially if you have a family history of the disease.

    If you’re curious about your risk of diabetes, don’t hesitate to contact JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, FL. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (561) 693-4603 for a physician referral or to learn more about our emergency care services.  

    Eating Healthy to Prevent Heart Disease

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Part of the problem stems from the sheer amount of sugar in modern foods. One of the best ways to reduce your risk of heart disease is to watch what you eat.

    In this video, Chef Caroline Artiss discusses a few tips for cutting sugar from your diet. Try to limit the amount of soda you drink, or quit drinking soda completely. It’s also important to look at food labels and select foods that are lower in sugar. You don’t have to stop eating sugar altogether, but it is a good idea to cut down.

    If you ever experience any health complications, consider making an appointment with a doctor at JFK Medical Center. You can call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 693-4603 for more information. 

    Medical Conditions that Can Lead to Heart Failure

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Contrary to popular thought, heart failure does not mean that the heart stops beating completely. Rather, it refers to the heart’s inability to pump a sufficient amount of blood throughout the body. Heart failure does not typically occur suddenly, but develops gradually over a period of years. If you have one of the following dangerous conditions, JFK Medical Center can help you manage your risk of heart failure.

    Coronary Artery Disease

    The gradual accumulation of cholesterol in the heart’s arteries can prevent the heart from getting the blood it needs to function properly. Individuals with coronary artery disease often experience chest pain, and are at a high risk of heart attack.

    High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure causes the heart to beat much faster than normal. Over time, high blood pressure may cause the heart’s chambers to grow larger and less effective. Unfortunately for sufferers, high blood pressure is asymptomatic—that’s why it’s important to monitor your blood pressure as you get older.


    Diabetes is a very common disease in the United States, with around 1.8 million new diagnoses every year. People with diabetes often have high blood pressure and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Both of these conditions have strong links to heart failure. If you have diabetes, it’s very important that you work closely with a medical professional and properly manage the disease.

    Sleep Apnea

    Though snoring can be obnoxious, most people think it’s harmless. However, snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, which is characterized by difficulty breathing at night. Since sleep apnea sufferers wake up many times during the night, they are often fatigued. Sleep apnea also causes high blood pressure, which can lead to heart failure.

    If you have any of the above conditions, ask a cardiac care professional at JFK Medical Center for recommendations on how to avoid heart failure. For help finding a suitable cardiologist in Atlantis, FL, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 693-4603.


    A Look at Cerebral Aneurysms

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Though the brain is responsible for regulating all the body’s functions, it’s still largely misunderstood. Like all other organs, the brain needs plenty of oxygen-rich blood to function properly. An aneurysm, which is a weak area in a brain blood vessel, can compromise the brain’s function and cause other serious problems. The medical professionals at JFK Medical Center can address a cerebral aneurysm as long as the sufferer is brought to our facility in a timely manner.   


    There are a number of ways an aneurysm can form. Some people are born with abnormalities in their arterial walls, while others develop aneurysms after suffering head trauma. High blood pressure can exert considerable force on the cerebral arteries, causing them to become weaker over time.


    Aneurysms are often classified by size. An aneurysm that is less than 11 millimeters in diameter is considered small, and an aneurysm greater than 25 millimeters is considered large. A lateral aneurysm occurs when one side of an artery bulges, a fusiform aneurysm is when the whole arterial wall bulges, and a saccular aneurysm is when a separate sac of blood bulges out from the artery.  


    People between the ages of 30 and 60 have the highest risk of developing an aneurysm. Aneurysms are dangerous because they can burst, resulting in a hemorrhagic stroke. A burst aneurysm can cause severe brain damage or even death. 


    Most cerebral aneurysms don’t show any symptoms until they burst or grow large enough to apply pressure to the surrounding brain tissue. If an aneurysm is detected before it bursts, a doctor can install a catheter that restores normal blood flow. Emergency treatment is essential in the event of a hemorrhagic stroke.

    If you have any questions about cerebral aneurysms, call the JFK Medical Center Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 693-4603. In the event of an emergency, visit our main medical center in Atlantis, FL or one of our two off-site ERs.

    Potential Complications from Untreated Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 1 month 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.


The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials does not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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