Chest Pain and Emergency Care

Each season brings specific health hazards that may require emergency care. Although residents of Florida don’t need to worry about snow and ice-related injuries, there are other adverse situations to watch out for. It’s always a good idea to know where your nearest emergency care center is, just in case.

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Chest pain should always be considered a serious medical condition that requires a trip to an emergency care center. If you experience chest pain or discomfort accompanied by shortness of breath, nausea, or pain that spreads to other areas, call 911 immediately. These warning signs may indicate a heart attack. However, there are many other potential reasons for chest pain. For example, many people experience significant anxiety around the beginning of the year, which may lead to chest pain in severe cases. However, it’s always best to have a doctor check out your symptoms, just in case.

JFK Medical Center offers exceptional emergency care at our main campus and two fully equipped off-site emergency rooms, which are conveniently located in Boynton Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. All of our emergency care facilities are fully staffed with multidisciplinary teams of healthcare professionals. Our cardiologists, orthopedists, neurologists, and other professionals look forward to partnering with you to improve your health. Call (561) 548-3553 to learn more.

What Is a CT Scan?

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If you suspect that you have a serious health issue, it’s important for doctors to get a look at the inner workings of your body. While traditional x-rays can take images of your bones, they can’t capture clear images of soft tissues. That’s where CT scans come in.

A CT scan, or computerized tomography, involves a series of cross-sectional x-ray images that provide a closer look at blood vessels, organs, muscles, and other parts of the body that some imagining procedures might miss. CT scans give doctors highly detailed views of the body’s various systems, and is instrumental in the diagnosis of cancers, muscle and bone disorders, internal injuries, and many more serious health issues. When you undergo a CT scan, you will be asked to lie on a table, which then slides into the circular scanner. It’s important to be as still as possible during the imaging process.

JFK Medical Center offers CT scans and other diagnostic imaging procedures to residents of Palm Beach County. To make an appointment, call (561) 548-3553.   

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Robotic Surgery

The surgeons at JFK Medical Center have performed numerous successful procedures with da Vinci robotic surgery. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions about robotic surgery.  

Robotic Surgery

Is robotic surgery completely automated?

Contrary to what the movies might have you believe, the da Vinci Surgical System does not have artificial intelligence, it cannot be programmed, and it cannot make decisions on its own. The da Vinci Surgical System is merely a tool that helps the surgeon get a clearer view of the surgical area and make more precise incisions.

What procedures are performed with robotic surgery?

As the da Vinci Surgical System becomes more sophisticated, surgeons use it for more complicated procedures. Over the past few years, robotic surgery has been used in tens of thousands of procedures. The da Vinci Surgical System lends itself particularly well to gynecological, urological, and colorectal procedures. You’ll also be glad to know that da Vinci Surgery is covered under most insurance plans that cover minimally invasive surgery.

What are the benefits of robotic surgery?

Robotic surgery has become more popular in recent years because it’s a lot easier on the patient. The da Vinci Surgical System involves the use of very small tools, which allows surgeons to make much smaller, more precise incisions. Thanks to the minimally invasive nature of robotic surgery, da Vinci patients tend to have much shorter recovery times than patients who undergo traditional surgery.

The surgeons at JFK Medical Center are proud to use robotic surgery. To ask follow-up questions about robotic surgery, feel free to call us at (561) 548-3553 or use our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line. Our main Atlantis campus and two off-site ERs provide emergency care for residents of Palm Beach County. 

How to Improve Your Heart Health

Your heart is responsible for pumping oxygen-rich blood to all your vital organs and tissues. To ensure optimum wellness, you must do everything you can to improve your heart health.

In this video, a cardiologist shares five important tips for maximizing heart wellness. He says that increasing your heart rate for at least 30 minutes each day can do wonders for your cardiovascular system. He also recommends avoiding processed or packaged foods, visiting a doctor, taking prescribed medications, and reducing stress. Popular stress relief activities include yoga, taking a bath, and going for a walk.

To learn more about improving your heart health, contact the cardiac care experts of JFK Medical Center. We offer compassionate and effective health care to the people of Palm Beach County. Call (561) 548-3553 for more information.   

What to Do When You Suspect Your Loved One Is Suffering a Stroke

Stroke is one of the deadliest and most frightening medical conditions one can suffer. It’s the third-leading cause of death among Americans, a major cause of disability, and it can strike anyone at any time. A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot or hemorrhage of a brain artery. The longer a stroke goes untreated, the more damage it can do, which is why the neurologists at JFK Medical Center recommend that bystanders take immediate action when they suspect a stroke.

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Monitor the Symptoms

First, it’s important to recognize the common symptoms of stroke. If your loved one complains of numbness on one side of his body, difficulty seeing, or trouble speaking, he may be suffering a stroke. Do not ignore your loved one’s unusual behavior. Try to take note of each symptom and when it appears—this information will greatly assist medical professionals during the treatment process.

Call 911 Immediately

Once it’s clear that your loved one is experiencing a stroke or some other kind of medical emergency, call 911 immediately. Time is crucial when it comes to stroke treatment. If you don’t think you can leave your loved one for long enough to make the call, delegate the task to someone else. Paramedics should arrive within minutes and begin administering first aid immediately.

Provide Comfort

As you wait for emergency services to arrive, the best thing you can do is make your loved one as comfortable as possible. Encourage him to lie down, make sure his airway is free of obstructions, and loosen any tight clothing. Do not give him anything to eat or drink. If he seems frightened, hold his hand and speak assurances in a gentle voice.

JFK Medical Center’s Stroke Center provides immediate care for those experiencing a stroke. To learn more about strokes, call (561) 548-3553, visit our website. Our main ER and two off-site ERs are always ready to provide prompt emergency care. 

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