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. 

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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.

HCA Supports the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts

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HCA will donate up to $200,000 to the American Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines.

The company is donating $100,000 to the Red Cross and will provide up to an additional $100,000 to match employee contributions to help the people of the Philippines. To make a match-eligible donation to the Red Cross for Typhoon Haiyan relief, please click here. HCA will provide dollar-for-dollar matching for gifts between $10 and $500 made at this site.

“Our hearts go out to the people of the Philippines and to our employees who have family members there,” said HCA Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard M. Bracken. “This donation on behalf of our employees is a natural extension of HCA’s mission, which is carried out every day by our nurses, physicians and other colleagues who have dedicated their lives to caring for others.”

In addition, the HCA Hope Fund is supporting the travel, burial and rebuilding needs of employees and their families affected by Typhoon Haiyan. To apply for assistance, employees should visit and click on the “apply now” button. Established in 2005 to allow employees to help colleagues in need, the HCA Hope Fund provides assistance to HCA employees who have experienced disaster, illness, injury, domestic violence, and other situations. So far this year, the HCA Hope Fund has given $1.9 million to help more than 1,200 HCA employees and their families.

Common Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Although television dramas have sensationalized the idea that chest pain is a clear sign of a heart attack, there are many other symptoms of heart trouble that are often overlooked. Women are less likely to experience chest pain associated with a heart attack than men. If you have any question as to whether a symptom you’re experiencing is a sign of a heart attack, seek emergency cardiac care immediately.  

Common Heart Attack Symptoms in Women

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath, disorientation, and cold sweat are all signs of a heart attack in women. Some women feel as though they have run a marathon even when they have not undergone any exertion at all. Others feel dizzy, lightheaded, and may faint. These symptoms can signal the occurrence of a heart attack even if no chest pain is present.

Chest Pain or Pressure

Chest pain remains a classic indicator of a heart attack. However, many women feel pressure or fullness in their chest associated with a heart attack rather than pain. Pain, soreness, or pressure may radiate up into the back, shoulders, neck, or jaw. Some women have described shooting pains down the arms and wrists. Women may also experience a squeezing sensation, as though a rope is being tightened from behind. If you are feeling any chest pain or discomfort at all, contact emergency services regardless of any other symptoms.

Abdominal Discomfort

Many women mistake a heart attack for the flu or food poisoning. Abdominal discomfort and nausea could be signs of a heart attack rather than indigestion. Nausea and vomiting without a clear cause should be brought to the attention of an emergency physician.

Heart disease remains the number one killer of women in America. Knowing the signs of a heart attack and acting quickly on them can save a life. If you have more questions about heart health or emergency cardiac care, contact the JFK Medical Center of Atlantis by calling (561) 548-3553. Read through our blog for more important information regarding your health.

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