The Relationship Between Smoking and Lung Cancer

The Relationship Between Smoking and Lung Cancer - JFK Medical Center

It is well known that smoking increases the likelihood that an individual will develop cancerous tumors in the lungs. Factors that impact the risk of lung cancer in smokers include the duration of the smoking habit. The risk associated with the number of cigarettes smoked and the time an individual has been smoking is calculated in “pack-years.” This number takes into account the number of packs of cigarettes—totaling 20 cigarettes—smoked each day for one year. While quitting at any age will certainly lower your risk of lung cancer, cutting down on the number of cigarettes smoked may also help. Some studies show that women may be more susceptible to the carcinogens in cigarettes than men; thus women smokers may have a higher risk of developing cancer than men with the same smoking duration and habits.

If you need help quitting a smoking habit or have concerns about lung cancer, contact JFK Medical Center by calling (561) 548-3553. Visit our website for more important information about your health. 

Fields of Medicine that Have Benefited from Robotic Surgery

Medical procedures performed with the assistance of robotic arms are no longer a figment of science fiction. Robotic surgery allows your surgeon to exert a fine level of control over a set of robotic arms to complete a variety of minimally-invasive procedures. JFK Medical Center is pleased to offer surgery using a third-generation da Vinci robotic surgery system. 

Robotic Surgery


The field of gynecology has benefited greatly from the use of minimally-invasive surgical procedures. In the past, large incisions held higher risk for patients undergoing surgical procedures. Robotic surgery has offered patients surgical treatments for endometriosis, uterine fibroids, uterine prolapse, and cervical or uterine cancer using small incisions that cause less bleeding, trauma, and pain.


Urology surgery requires delicate techniques to avoid damaging the tissues of the colon, intestines, and urinary tract. The fine level of control afforded by robotic surgery is ideal for treating inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, and cancer of the colon, rectum, kidneys, bladder, and prostate.

Abdominal and Gastrointestinal Surgery

Robotic surgery allows surgeons to perform laparoscopic abdominal surgeries with greater dexterity and ease than the use of more rigid traditional instruments. Laparoscopic surgery procedures create smaller incisions and carry less risk of tissue damage, bleeding, and infection than open surgery procedures. Robotic surgery systems are also used to perform bariatric surgery, Heller myotomy to treat swallowing disorders, single-site robotic surgery and cholecystectomy.

Would you like to learn more about the benefits of minimally-invasive surgery with the da Vinci robotic surgery system? Call JFK Medical Center today at (561) 548-3553 to speak with a physician about your questions and concerns, or visit our website for more information about our services. 

Meet Santa Claus! - Dec. 15, 2013

JFK Emergency Care Services is excited to host Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 15th, from 4 to 6 p.m. Bring your whole family, and enjoy this free event complete with face painting, balloon art, refreshments, snacks and a complimentary picture with Santa!

We look forward to seeing you there! For more information or to RSVP, call us at (561) 548-4535. To learn more about JFK Medical Center and our emergency care services, visit our website

Santa Claus Event - JFK Emergency Care Services - Dec 15, 2013

An Overview of Cardiovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease affects the heart and the system of arteries, veins, and blood vessels that transport blood through your body. Diseases that affect the heart can limit your activities or even threaten your life. Cardiac care focuses on prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease to help you live a healthy and active life. 

Cardiac Care Atlantis


Atherosclerosis occurs when plaque builds up along the walls of your arteries. Plaque is a fatty substance made up of cholesterol that clogs the arteries, causing the arterial walls to become harder and less flexible. Atherosclerosis is a painless condition that often causes no symptoms. If a plaque deposit ruptures, the body responds as it would to an injury, creating a blood clot. This clot can block blood flow to the heart, causing a heart attack.

High Blood Pressure

The most common form of heart disease is high blood pressure. High blood pressure occurs when the force of the blood against the arterial walls is greater than a normal value. It may be caused by many factors, including smoking, being overweight, a poor diet, genetics, stress, and other diseases. Increased pressure over time damages and weakens the arteries, raising the risk of heart attack or stroke. High blood pressure may also cause heart failure, a condition in which the heart is unable to pump blood effectively through the body.

Heart Valve Problems

The heart is composed of four chambers. Four valves control the flow of blood into and out of these chambers during each beat. Heart valve problems may exist at birth or arise due to infections of the heart or other diseases. Endocarditis, rheumatic fever, and changes in the heart due to aging can all cause problems with the heart valves.

At JFK Medical Center, our Heart and Vascular Institute has been providing cardiac care in Atlantis for over 25 years. We offer open-heart and minimally-invasive surgery, cardiac catheterizations, angioplasty, and treatment for heart valve disease and congestive heart failure and were named as one of the 2014 Top 50 Cardiovascular Hospitals by Truven Health Analysis. Call (561) 548-3553 or visit our website to learn more about our hospital and our two off-site ERs.

Stroke Warning Signs

A stroke occurs when blood flow to the brain is interrupted. Strokes are serious and life-threatening medical emergencies that require care at a hospital immediately.

Body language is a pattern of movements and mannerisms that serve as an unspoken means of communication. Stoke can be identified through changes in body language such as a drooping face or weakness in one arm. You can learn more about the FAST stroke identification system and when it’s time to call for emergency care by watching this video.

If you or a loved one are experiencing a stroke you should call 911 immediately, or get to the closest ER. JFK Medical Center has the experience of more than 85,000 ER visits annually. Call (561) 548-3553 or click on our website to learn more about our facilities or to get the latest ER wait times.

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