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An Overview of Coronary Artery Disease

The coronary arteries are the large blood vessels that deliver blood to your heart. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is characterized by the hardening and narrowing of these blood vessels, which inhibits blood flow and deprives the heart of much-needed blood and oxygen. Although CAD can develop very gradually, complications from CAD may develop abruptly and require a trip to the ER. Keep reading to learn about the causes and symptoms of CAD and under which circumstances you should go to the ER.

An Overview of Coronary Artery Disease

Contributing Factors

CAD tends to develop when damage is inflicted on the coronary arteries, which encourages the accumulation of plaques—or fatty deposits—on the damaged areas. Damage can be caused by hypertension, high cholesterol levels, smoking, and diabetes. It may also be the result of radiation therapy directed at the chest area. Some other risk factors that may increase your risk of CAD include obesity, physical inactivity, chronic stress, and a family history of CAD.

Typical Symptoms

Initially, you may not notice any symptoms. As the plaques continue to accumulate in your blood vessels, you may experience shortness of breath, particularly during exercise. You may also feel chest pain, or angina, which typically resolves within a few minutes.

Possible Complications

Heart failure may develop if your heart muscle is deprived of oxygen and nutrients for a long period of time. It’s also possible to be diagnosed with abnormal heart beats as a result of CAD. If a plaque ruptures and a blood clot forms in the artery, the blockage of the artery can cause a heart attack.

Treatment Options

If you suffer a heart attack from CAD, the ER doctors can perform percutaneous coronary intervention procedures to restore blood flow to your heart. Additionally, there are a range of medications your doctor might prescribe to treat CAD, such as beta blockers or nitroglycerin. Healthy lifestyle changes are recommended, such as getting regular exercise and avoiding tobacco use.

Learn whether you could be at risk of coronary artery disease by scheduling a check-up today at Palms West Hospital. Should you suffer a heart attack or other medical emergency, our ER doctors are ready to restore your health with emergency percutaneous coronary intervention. Call us at (561) 798-3300 to schedule your appointment and learn more about our cardiac department. 

How Can Diabetes Affect Your Vision?

How Can Diabetes Affect Your Vision? - Palms West Hospital

Diabetes is a chronic disease that can lead to many different complications, including eye damage. This is called diabetic retinopathy. It occurs when the retina, which is the tissue located at the back of the eye, becomes damaged. The blood vessels in the tissue can leak, become swollen, or become closed off. It’s also possible for new blood vessels to develop abnormally. Diabetic retinopathy can cause progressively worsening vision loss, which isn’t always reversible.

Fortunately, diabetic retinopathy is preventable. Work with your doctor to develop a plan to manage your blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar levels are poorly controlled, you may have excessive levels of glucose for a sustained period of time. This excessive amount of glucose damages the blood vessels in your eyes.

At Palms West Hospital, we have physicians specializing in endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism. You can schedule an appointment by calling (561) 798-3300. We also invite you to visit our website for a complete list of our services, including orthopedics, mammograms, and other women’s care procedures.

Keep Your Feet Healthy Lunch & Learn - Nov. 19, 2013

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month, join us on November 19th from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. to hear Dr. Brett Fried, DPM, for a lunch and learn.

He will discuss:

  • When to visit a podiatrist
  • Diabetes management and your lower extremities
  • Wound care and treating nerve conditions

We will meet in Classroom 2, and lunch will be served. Reservations are required, so give us a call at (561) 345-7009 to reserve your spot. For more information about Palms West Hospital and our services, visit our website.

Diabetes Awareness Month - Palms West

Common Risk Factors for Lung Disease

Millions of people in the U.S. suffer from lung disease, of which there are many different types, including lung cancer. Some lung diseases affect the airways, such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, while others affect the linings of the lung’s air sacs, such as pneumonia and interstitial lung disease. In some cases, lung disease can send you to the ER. For example, you’ll need the attention of ER doctors if you experience difficulty breathing or chest pain. If you have risk factors for lung disease, work with a doctor to learn about preventative measures you can take.

Common Risk Factors for Lung Disease - Palms West Hospital

Uncontrollable Risk Factors

Certain risk factors for lung disease are uncontrollable, such as your family history. For example, you may be at a higher risk of lung cancer if your close relatives have been diagnosed with it. For some types of lung disease, age plays a role. You may be at a higher risk of interstitial lung disease if you are an adult, for example. Being older than 40 years of age can be a risk factor for chronic obstructive lung disease. Other uncontrollable risk factors include your own personal medical history. If you’re previously received radiation therapy for breast cancer or Hodgkin’s disease, your risk of lung disease may increase.

Controllable Risk Factors

Your controllable risk factors refer to your lifestyle choices. Tobacco use is a significant risk factor for lung disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 90 percent of lung cancers are caused by smoking cigarettes. Smoking also increases the risk of interstitial lung disease, chronic obstructive lung disease, and similar conditions.

Environmental Risk Factors

Exposure to environmental toxins can be detrimental to your health. These substances include silica, chromium, arsenic, and asbestos. Air pollutants may also include smoke from wood fires. Additionally, it’s possible to be exposed to environmental toxins in your own home. Have your basement tested for radon gas, which is the second most common cause of lung cancer.

The physicians at Palms West Hospital will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan that suits your unique needs. Call our compassionate team of healthcare professionals at (561) 798-3300 to schedule a visit. In addition to care for lung diseases, we offer pediatric care, robotic surgery, orthopedics, and women’s care, including mammograms. Learn more on our website.

Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

A stroke is a debilitating condition that occurs when the brain has a blockage in blood flow. This can occur if a blood clot blocks an artery or if a blood vessel bursts. It’s critical to call 911 immediately upon noticing any of the signs of a stroke. Receiving medical care as soon as possible offers the best outcome. For example, when a clot-busting medication is administered within three hours, the risk of permanent disability from a stroke is reduced.

Watch this video to learn about the classic signs of a stroke. You’ll learn what the letters in the acronym “F.A.S.T.” stand for and how they can help you detect a stroke promptly. For example, the “F” stands for drooping of the face and the “T” reminds you that time is of the essence.

The ER doctors at Palms West Hospital are ready to administer life-saving treatments around the clock to patients who have suffered a stroke. If you would like to learn more about our ER services, including our pediatric ER, you can reach us at (561) 798-3300.

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