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Signs You've Gone Into Labor

Signs You've Gone Into Labor - Palms West Hospital

Could it be? Is that cramping feeling a sign that you’re in labor? Your body can provide multiple clues that you’re ready to head to the hospital. Consistent contractions are just one symptom of active labor. If you feel strong cramps that come and go in recurrent intervals, you may want to consult your obstetrician. While many women experience contractions primarily around the belly region, the development of acute back pain can also signal labor. Aside from sensation, you should also pay attention to fluid changes in your body. As it readies for labor, your cervix may release a thick discharge. You may also experience symptoms similar to urinary incontinence. While this problem often occurs during the final months of pregnancy, leaking fluids close to term can indicate that your amniotic sac has erupted.

Do you have a new arrival on the way? Then call The New Life Center at Palms West Hospital at (561) 798-3300 for information on our obstetrics department. Our healthcare facility provides quality prenatal and delivery services for expectant mothers in the cities of Wellington and Royal Palm.

What to Expect During a Coronary Angioplasty

Do you have coronary heart disease? Have you recently suffered a heart attack? If you have been diagnosed with either of these conditions, your cardiovascular physician at Palms West Hospital may recommend coronary angioplasty. This minimally invasive procedure offers recipients extensive health benefits. Unlike bypass surgery, this process requires only minimal access to the interior structure of the heart. As a result, patients often experience fewer postoperative complications. They also can enjoy speedier recovery periods. 

What to Expect During a Coronary Angioplasty - Palms West Hospital

Inserting the Catheter

Coronary angioplasty produces far less trauma to the body because it demands access to the heart through a catheter. A catheter is a small, narrow tube. When used during coronary angioplasty, it provides the means through which the corrective devices can travel to the heart. The insertion of this minimally invasive device comprises the initial step of coronary angioplasty.

Opening the Balloon

A physician may advise coronary angioplasty because a patient’s coronary artery is too small to capably pass blood to the heart. This narrowness results from the accumulation of fat, calcium, and cholesterol on the wall of the artery. To restore function to the artery, a small balloon is next introduced through the catheter to the blockage site. Upon placing it in the correct position, the physician can open the balloon to widen the artery and allow healthy blood flow once more.

Introducing the Stent

The conditions that necessitate coronary angioplasty typically weaken the coronary arteries. Both coronary heart disease and heart attacks can compromise the integrity of the arterial walls, so even if a balloon can temporarily open the passageway, the artery may collapse in the future. This can cause another heart attack. To prevent this outcome, a physician may insert a stent into the artery. A stent is a thin, hollow device that buttresses the arterial walls, keeping them open despite their weakened state. Once the stent is in place, the coronary angioplasty procedure is done.

Do you have more questions about coronary angioplasty? If so, call Palms West Hospital at (561) 798-3300. Our cardiovascular department offers individualized treatment and support services for individuals in Royal Palm and the surrounding communities.

Guidelines for Cervical Cancer Screening

For any type of cancer, early detection is ideal for the best possible outcome. Talk to your doctor about when you should be screened for cervical cancer. The guidelines for cervical cancer screening have changed over the years as more information becomes available to researchers. For example, women are no longer instructed to undergo Pap tests annually; instead, gynecologists recommend screening every three years. Additionally, gynecologists recommend undergoing testing for HPV, which is a virus that causes cervical cancer.

For more information on the new screening guidelines, watch this video presented by the American Cancer Society. You’ll hear about age-specific guidelines, such as when you should start being screened and at what age you no longer require screening.

The comprehensive women’s care services at Palms West Hospital include screenings for cervical cancer and mammograms to screen for breast cancer. We are a designated Center of Excellence in Minimally Invasive Gynecology (COEMIG), so you can trust that our minimally invasive gynecology capabilities are safe and efficient. You can contact us at (561) 798-3300 to schedule an appointment or visit our website to learn more about our COEMIG designation and other services, including robotic surgery and orthopedics.

Meet Santa Claus! - Dec. 14, 2013

Palms West Hospital is excited to host Santa Claus on Saturday, Dec. 14th, from 10 a.m. to 1 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) 345-7009. To learn more about Palms West Hospital and our services, visit our website

Meet Santa Claus - Palms West Hospital - Dec. 14, 2013

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.

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