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. 


Benefits of Robotic Surgery

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When most people learn that they must undergo surgery, they tend to become a little apprehensive. While all surgeries come with some degree of risk, advanced medical technology has made surgery safer and more effective than ever before. Today, the surgeons at JFK Medical Center are performing numerous successful surgeries with the assistance of the da Vinci Surgical System.

During robotic surgery, surgeons use computers and machinery to manipulate versatile and precise instruments. Instead of relying on their own limited vision, surgeons use a highly detailed three-dimensional visualization of the operation site. This allows surgeons to get a better anatomical view of the patient, and reduces the chances of surgical complications. Robotic surgeries require smaller incisions than traditional surgery, which in turn reduces the patient’s blood loss and recovery time. Robotic surgery lends itself particularly well to gynecological and urological procedures.

If you have any questions about robotic surgery, call JFK Medical Center at (561) 548-3553. In addition to our main campus, we have two off-site ERs that provide swift and effective emergency care services. Visit our website to learn more about how we can improve your health.    


An Introduction to Radiation Therapy

Though there is still no simple cure for cancer, careful treatment can help reduce and reverse the disease’s growth. Radiation therapy, which involves beams of energy that kill cancer cells, has helped thousands of patients combat cancer and find the road to recovery. JFK Medical Center offers radiation therapy for those with cancer, and we at The JFK Comprehensive Cancer Center is always available to provide information on this treatment method. 

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Uses

More than half of all cancer patients opt for some form of radiation therapy, making it one of the most common cancer treatments. Radiation therapy is often used to shrink the size of a tumor so it can be removed during surgery. It may also be used to destroy remaining cancer cells or halt the spread of cancer after surgery.

Benefits

Radiation therapy is a popular cancer treatment option because it focuses on cancer cells and does minimal damage to normal, healthy cells. Patients also find that radiation therapy has fewer and less intense side effects than chemotherapy, though the two treatment methods are often combined.

Procedure

Radiation therapy can be either externally or internally administered. External beam radiation involves the use of CyberKnife or a high-precision accelerator to apply radiation directly to the cancer site. Internal radiation therapy, also known as brachytherapy, involves the implantation of tiny radioactive seeds into a tumor. These seeds are carefully designed to provide just the right dose of radiation.

Side Effects

The side effects you experience depend on which part of the body is being treated with radiation. Regardless of the treatment area, many patients experience itching, dryness, or other skin changes. Some patients also experience diarrhea, nausea, loss of libido, and urinary issues. Most side effects should disappear within two months after the end of treatment.

For help determining whether radiation treatment is right for you, talk to your doctor or call The JFK Comprehensive Cancer Institute at (561) 548-3553. Our compassionate medical staff offers several cancer treatment options for residents in the Atlantis area. If you have any more questions about radiation therapy, consider using our Consult-A-Nurse Healthcare Referral Line.


Symptoms of Heart Attack

Heart disease is the number one killer of American men and women. If you suspect that you are suffering a heart attack, it’s important that you get to the emergency room right away.

In this video, Dr. Travis Stork of TV’s “The Drs.” discusses some common symptoms of heart attacks. He says that chest pain is the most common symptom, though individuals may also experience shortness of breath, nausea, or sweating. Heart attack symptoms in women are even more subtle, and sometimes include arm pain, jaw pain, or general weakness. Dr. Stork says when in doubt, get it checked out.

JFK Medical Center offers residents of Palm Beach County high-quality cardiac and emergency care. To schedule an appointment with an experienced cardiologist, don’t hesitate to call us at (561) 548-3553. 


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