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    How Inflammation May Link Diabetes to Heart Disease

    Last updated 2 days 3 hours ago

    Heart disease and diabetes are the number one and number seven causes of death in the U.S. Unfortunately for sufferers of either disease, the two are linked in a number of ways. For example, recent research has shown that inflammation is a key link between diabetes and heart disease.

    People with diabetes often suffer from damage to their blood vessels. Researchers believe that this is caused by inflammation, which makes it easier for high blood sugar levels to cause vessel damage. Vessel damage in turn causes blood clots to form, which can cause a heart attack or stroke. This discovery paves the way for the development of sophisticated anti-inflammatory medications that could help manage diabetes and heart disease.

    If you have heart disease, the cardiac care team at JFK Medical Center can provide prompt and effective treatment. The medical professionals at our Atlantis facility can also help people with diabetes manage their condition. Call (561) 693-4603 for help finding a cardiologist.

     

    Answering Common Mammogram Questions

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Breast cancer is the second-most commonly diagnosed type of cancer among American women. According to the American Cancer Society, roughly 250,000 new cases of breast cancer are diagnosed every year. The earlier breast cancer is detected, the better the chances of successful treatment. That’s why it’s important for women in and around Atlantis, FL to receive annual mammograms at the Breast Institute at JFK Medical Center.

    What happens during a mammogram?

    A mammogram is an imaging procedure that allows physicians to examine interior breast tissue, and is the gold standard in breast cancer screening. During a mammogram, your physician will ask you to undress from the waist up and stand in front of a specially designed x-ray machine. You will then place your breast onto a platform and wait for another platform to press down on your breast from above. Spreading the breast tissue is important for identifying abnormalities. If a doctor identifies any lumps or masses, she will likely order a biopsy to determine whether it’s cancerous.

    Do mammograms hurt?

    Many women are hesitant to get mammograms because they think it might hurt. Though many women find a mammogram to be uncomfortable, the whole procedure only takes a few minutes. A few minutes of discomfort is a fair price for the early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

    When should I start getting mammograms? 

    One out of every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime. Since breast cancer is so common, cancer care experts recommend that all women get annual mammograms after they turn 40. Women who have a family history of the disease should consider getting annual mammograms beginning at age 35. These women should also consider having their breast tissue examined via ultrasound or MRI.

    JFK Medical Center is proud to offer mammograms and provide high-quality cancer care. Atlantis, FL patients can call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (561) 693-4603 if they have any questions about our breast health services. If you or someone you love is experiencing an emergency, consider visiting one of our two off-site ERs.

     

    Managing Your Risk of Diabetes

    Last updated 9 days 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 13 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 16 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

    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.

     




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