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    Are You at Risk for a Stroke?

    Last updated 1 day 1 hour ago

    If you have an increased risk of a stroke, which occurs when the brain is deprived of blood, it’s helpful to learn the signs of a stroke so you can seek emergency care as soon as possible. An emergency care team at a stroke center offers your best chance of surviving and recovering from a stroke. You can also work with your doctor or neurologist to learn about your risk factors to lessen your chances of suffering a stroke.

    Uncontrollable Risk Factors

    For most people, strokes are preventable. However, some risk factors are unchangeable, such as having a personal or family history of stroke. You’re also at a greater risk if you’re aged 55 or older, you’re a woman, you have a history of preeclampsia, or you’re African-American.

    Lifestyle Risk Factors

    Even if you have some uncontrollable risk factors, you can reduce your chances of suffering a stroke by improving your lifestyle. If you smoke, it’s vitally important to quit. You can also reduce your risk by maintaining a healthy weight, getting exercise regularly, avoiding illicit drugs, and consuming alcohol in moderation. Additionally, choosing a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet is helpful.

    Medical Risk Factors

    Certain medical conditions increase your risk of suffering a stroke, including high blood pressure. If you have hypertension, work with your cardiologist to manage your blood pressure. Your doctor may recommend that you take medications for high cholesterol levels or follow a comprehensive treatment plan for diabetes. Other medical risk factors include atrial fibrillation, heart defects, heart failure, and circulation problems.

    The specially trained stroke care team at the Stroke Center of JFK Medical Center is ready to administer life-saving treatment as soon as a patient arrives at our hospital. Our neurologists, neuroradiologists, and other professionals are dedicated to helping each stroke patient receive the best possible outcome. For more information about our emergency care, cardiac care, and neurologic services, you can call (561) 693-4603.

    The Importance of Physical Therapy for Stroke Patients

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Even if emergency care is administered soon after a patient suffers a stroke, long-term damage is likely. Depending on the area of the brain that suffers damage, a stroke victim may have a great deal of trouble with everyday movements and balance, among other complications. Physical therapy is a critical component of a successful rehabilitation program for stroke patients.

    Physical therapists can help stroke patients relearn gross motor skills such as walking, lying down, standing, and sitting. With regular physical therapy sessions, a patient can also learn how to transition from one physical activity to another. Physical therapists help patients work toward these goals with a customized program of exercises and physical manipulation. With these programs, stroke patients can gradually regain their balance and coordination.

    JFK Medical Center offers a comprehensive physical and occupational therapy rehabilitation program for stroke patients, along with emergency care to respond promptly to patients presenting with signs of a stroke. Residents of the Atlantis area are welcome to call us at (561) 693-4603 or explore our additional services online, which include cardiac care and breast health.

    Reducing Your Risk of Colon Cancer

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Colon cancer is a disease that develops in the lower region of the digestive system, which consists of the large intestine, or colon. In its early stages, colon cancer often goes undetected. It would be unusual to seek emergency care because of symptoms potentially related to colon cancer. This is why it’s critical to talk to your doctor about getting screened. In addition to scheduling a screening test, you can talk to your doctor about other ways of reducing your risk of colon cancer.

    Schedule a Screening Test

    Doctors recommend that everyone aged 50 and up undergo periodic screening tests. If you’re at a high risk of colon cancer because of a family history of the disease, genetic syndromes, or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), your doctor may recommend getting screened at an earlier age. A colonoscopy is a common type of screening for colon cancer. Your doctor may also suggest that you have a stool test or sigmoidoscopy. During a colonoscopy, your doctor can remove polyps from your colon, which could have the potential to develop into cancerous growths.

    Get More Physical Activity

    Although undergoing screenings is the best way to prevent colon cancer, you can also modify your lifestyle to reduce your risk. Cancer experts strongly recommend following a regular exercise program. Try to get at least 30 minutes of moderate or intense exercise on most days of the week. Exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce abdominal fat, which can lower your risk of colon cancer further.

    Follow a Healthy Meal Plan

    If you eat red meats and processed meats, it’s a good idea to reduce your intake to lower your risk. Instead, eat more plant-based sources of protein, and include plenty of vegetables and fruit in your diet. Lowering your alcohol intake can help you reduce your risk of colon cancer and improve your overall health, including your breast health.

    JFK Medical Center offers colonoscopies, mammograms, cardiac care, orthopedic services, neurologic treatment, and emergency care. Please contact us at (561) 693-4603 to learn more.

    How to Eat Well While Enjoying Your Vacation

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Even if you follow a healthy eating plan and exercise program at home, it can be a challenge to maintain these great lifestyle habits while on vacation. If you’re taking a road trip, pack a cooler with healthy snacks such as baby carrots, hummus, low-fat string cheese, nuts, and water. If you must eat fast food on the road, choose lighter fare such as turkey sandwiches on whole wheat.

    It’s also important to fit physical activity into your vacation plans. For some helpful tips on how to accomplish this, watch this video. You’ll hear expert advice from the Director of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the American Cancer Society.

    The cardiologists, orthopedists, neurologists, and other healthcare professionals at JFK Medical Center look forward to helping you live a healthier lifestyle. You can give us a call at (561) 693-4603 or sign up for our H2U program for more wellness information.

    Signs Your Injury Requires Emergency Room Treatment

    Last updated 17 days ago

    If you’re unsure of whether your injury or ailment requires emergency care, it’s best to err on the side of caution. You should always go to the ER if you develop chest pain, sudden dizziness, shortness of breath, or other symptoms that may indicate a heart attack. Also, a fractured bone requires emergency care. Go to the ER if you suffer from severe pain, an inability to place weight on the body part, swelling, or a misshapen body part. You’ll also need urgent medical attention if you suffer from bleeding that doesn’t stop after about 10 minutes.

    Severe injuries and possible heart attacks aren’t the only reasons why you may require emergency care. You should also go to the ER if you suffer from persistent vomiting and cannot keep fluids down. This places you at risk of dehydration. Additionally, you should see a doctor right away if you experience severe abdominal pain; this may indicate appendicitis, gallstones, or a life-threatening ectopic pregnancy.

    When you require emergency care in Palm Beach County you can turn to the trusted experts at JFK Medical Center. Call (561) 693-4603 to learn more about our comprehensive care, which includes two off-site emergency rooms.


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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