Treatment Options for High Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, can place you at risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Unfortunately, there aren’t any early warning signs of high blood pressure. You’ll need to undergo regular screenings to monitor your blood pressure. Improve your cardiovascular health by seeking high blood pressure treatment options at a cardiac care facility. Your cardiologist is likely to recommend a combination of healthy lifestyle changes and medications.

Watch this helpful animation to learn more about treating high blood pressure. Cardiologists recommend eating a low-sodium diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables, quitting smoking, and exercising regularly. This animation also explains your medication options.

The team at JFK Medical Center is dedicated to upholding the highest standards of patient care. Contact us at (561) 548-3553 and ask us about our cardiac care and emergency care services, or visit our website to learn more.

Stat! Top Reasons People Need ER Care [INFOGRAPHIC]

Millions of Americans head to the ER every year, but what sends them there? Symptoms that indicate a potential medical crisis, like chest pain or an intense headache, are behind a large number of ER visits, as are injuries and even tooth pain. JFK Medical Center created this infographic that explores the reasons why people commonly seek emergency care. It also offers advice for getting the most from your emergency room visit and explains why some people have to wait longer than others to see a doctor in the ER. When you need urgent medical attention, don’t wait. Seek emergency care from one of our two offsite ERs. Help your family and friends better understand emergency care by sharing this useful information with them. 


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.

Chest Pain - JFK Medical Center - Lake Worth, FL

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?

CT Scans - JFK Medical Center

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. 

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