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    Planning a Heart-Healthy Grocery Trip

    Last updated 1 day 11 hours ago

    If you have a busy schedule, your goal is probably to get in and out of the grocery store as quickly as possible. You may also rely on precooked frozen meals and other prepackaged food items. However, planning a heart-healthy menu only takes a little extra time and is an important investment in your family’s health. Consider the following tips when writing your next grocery list and you may reduce your risk of requiring emergency care for a cardiovascular problem. If you’ve required cardiac care in the past, talk to your cardiologist about an ideal meal plan for your nutritional needs.

    Explore the Produce Section

    You can improve your heart health by eating a colorful array of vegetables and fruits every day. Choose fresh, seasonal produce or frozen produce without sauce rather than canned fruits and veggies. Experiment with new types of produce that you may not have tried before, such as celeriac, kumquats, and star fruit. Stock up on fiber-rich produce, including bananas, apples, and oranges.

    Plan Some Vegetarian Meals

    Reducing your consumption of meat – particularly red meats and processed meats – is important for a heart-healthy diet. Consider planning vegetarian meals a few times a week with protein sources such as tofu, dried beans, lentils, and other legumes.

    Select Leaner Cuts of Meat

    When and if you eat meat, choose leaner cuts of meat such as those that are labeled “round” or “loin.” Trim off visible fat before cooking. Select skinless poultry and eat fish with heart-healthy fatty acids, such as salmon.

    Check the Nutrition Labels

    Cardiologists recommend reading the nutrition labels on any packaged foods you buy. Select foods that are low in sodium to support healthy blood pressure levels. You can also improve your heart health by choosing foods low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.

    The cardiologists and cardiac surgeons of JFK Medical Center are dedicated to improving quality of life for our patients. With a devoted cardiac care center, advanced technology, and extensive patient support services, we can diagnose and treat patients more effectively than ever before. Call our Heart and Vascular Institute at (561) 693-4603 to learn more about our cardiac care services.

    Answering Common Questions About Radiation Therapy

    Last updated 3 days ago

    Radiation therapy is a technique commonly used to treat cancer. If you’ve undergone a breast health exam that revealed a malignant tumor, your doctor might recommend radiation therapy as part of your cancer treatment. Before you consent to radiation therapy, talk to your doctor about what it entails, why it’s needed, and what you can expect. The following questions and answers can give you a starting point for learning about radiation therapy.

    What Types Are Available?

    Your oncology care team will develop a comprehensive treatment plan specifically designed for your unique needs. It may include external radiation, which involves the use of a machine that transmits radiation directly to the cancer cells to kill them. Or, you may have internal radiation, which means that a radioactive implant is inserted into your body next to the cancer cells. Some patients may receive both internal and external radiation. Additionally, it’s quite common to have a combination of cancer treatments, such as surgery and chemotherapy in addition to radiation therapy.

    What Can I Expect from the Treatment?

    The exact procedure differs, depending on the type of radiation therapy and your unique situation. For internal radiation therapy, you’ll receive anesthesia to numb the area and the doctor will implant the radioactive device. You can expect to remain in the hospital for at least a few days. For external radiation therapy, you’ll change into a hospital gown and lie on a moveable bed. The radiologist will mark your skin to target the radiation beam. You must remain as still as possible while the radiation is being administered; however, you should breathe normally. You won’t feel any discomfort.

    What Can I Expect Afterward?

    Radiation therapy commonly causes fatigue. You might notice changes in your skin, such as redness, loss of appetite, nausea, and vomiting. Talk with your oncology care team about managing side effects.

    The oncology team at the Comprehensive Cancer Care Institute at JFK Medical Center will work closely with you at every step of the way to ensure your questions are answered and your needs are met. In addition to exceptional cancer care, our hospital offers emergency care, cardiac care, orthopedics, and breast health services. To schedule an appointment, call (561) 693-4603.

    Are You at Risk for a Stroke?

    Last updated 5 days 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 10 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 15 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.


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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