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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.

Free Chronic Kidney Disease Education Class - Nov. 18, 2013

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Palms West Hospital will be holding a Chronic Kidney Disease education class on Monday, November 18th, in CR 1 from 10 to 11 a.m. 

Lisa Lamb, RD, LD, will lead the class in discussing:

  • Kidney functions
  • Pertinent labs and how they relate to kidney function
  • Causes and contributing factors of kidney disease
  • Ways to preserve and protect kidney function
  • Introduction to treatments to replace kidney function
  • Any additional questions

Join us for this free event to learn more about Chronic Kidney Disease. To RSVP your attendance, please call (561) 798-3300. For more information about Palms West Hospital and the services we offer, visit our website.

Understanding How Coronary Angioplasty Is Performed

A coronary angioplasty is a type of surgical procedure performed to open up a coronary artery. Coronary arteries, which supply the heart with blood, can become narrow due to coronary artery disease (CAD). When blood flow to the heart is restricted, it is possible to suffer a heart attack. Talk to the ER surgeon about what you can expect during and after the procedure.

Understanding How Coronary Angioplasty Is Performed


Before undergoing any surgical procedure, always inform the surgeon of your other medical conditions you have, including allergies, and medications or supplements you may be taking. After evaluating your medical history, your surgeon will prepare for the coronary angioplasty by performing a coronary angiography. A coronary angiography is a diagnostic exam that involves contrast dye and X-rays to evaluate the specific nature of the blockage in your arteries. The surgeon inserts a catheter into one of your arteries and guides it to the coronary artery. Contrast dye is introduced to your bloodstream and X-rays are taken.


To perform the coronary angioplasty, the surgeon inserts a balloon catheter alongside the blockage in your coronary artery. The balloon gently expands to compress the plaque on the arterial wall. This allows for increased blood flow and a reduced risk of a heart attack. Quite often, the surgeon also inserts a stent into the artery, which adheres to the arterial wall and provides support to prevent a recurrence. Then, the surgeon removes the balloon catheter.


Most patients can expect an overnight stay in the hospital to recover from a coronary angioplasty. Depending on your health, you may need to stay a little longer. Follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully. You’ll need to avoid strenuous activity for a period of time and you’ll likely take medications to prevent blood clots from forming.

At Palms West Hospital, our highly trained and experienced surgeons are dedicated to upholding the highest standards of patient care. To learn more about our cardiac department, including our Cath Lab, call us at (561) 798-3300, or visit our website.

Palms West Hospital Included on The Joint Commission's Top Performers List

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Palms West Hospital was listed as a Top Performer by The Joint Commission. HCA announced that 80 percent of its hospitals made the list.

“This distinction by The Joint Commission is significant because the measures they use to determine Top Performers are based on scientific evidence about practices that lead to better patient outcomes,” said Dr. Jonathan B. Perlin, HCA’s Chief Medical Officer and President of the Company’s Clinical and Physician Services Group. “We are pleased that 80 percent of our hospitals have been recognized for their clinical excellence and are listed among the top U.S. hospitals.”

Hospitals on The Joint Commission’s list met the following criteria: First, each hospital achieved performance of 95 percent or above on a single, composite score that includes all the accountability data for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, including measures that had fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients. Second, each hospital also met a 95 percent performance threshold for every accountability measure for which it reports data to The Joint Commission, excluding measures with fewer than 30 eligible cases or patients.

To view the full list of Top Performers, click here, and for more information about Palms West Hospital, visit our website.

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