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Preventing Type 2 Diabetes in Your Child

Type 2 diabetes used to occur almost exclusively during adulthood, but more and more children are being affected by this disease. The risk of your child developing this serious condition can be greatly minimized with some simple lifestyle changes. Talk to your child’s pediatric specialist about reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, and try these strategies to maintain your child’s good health.

Make Physical Activity Part of Every Day

Obesity is the biggest risk factor for type 2 diabetes, so encourage your child to be active to maintain a healthy weight. Most kids should get about 60 minutes of physical activity each day. Choosing fun activities will help your child stay on track, so consider things like dancing, skateboarding, swimming, and group sports. Taking a daily walk as a family will help your child get exercise while also giving you time together. If your child is new to exercise, check in with your pediatrics practice before he or she begins any new activity.

Limit TV and Computer Time

The longer kids spend in front of TVs, computers, and other electronic devices, the more likely they are to be overweight. Limit the amount of time your child spends in front of electronics to a maximum of two hours per day. Encourage your child to get outside and get active so he or she doesn’t develop a sedentary lifestyle.

Be a Role Model

Your child will mirror your habits when it comes to eating and activity, so show him or her the way by living a healthy lifestyle. Choose healthy foods, limit snacking, and let your kids see you being active. In addition to instilling good habits in your child and helping him or her avoid type 2 diabetes, you will also reduce your own risk of developing the disease.

At Palms West Hospital, our physicians provide care for patients of all ages. From pediatrics to critical care and surgical services, we keep our community healthy through all stages of life. Looking into a children’s hospital in the Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, FL area? Call (561) 345-7009 to talk to one of our registered nurses about our pediatrics services.


A Look at the Common Symptoms of Arrhythmia

Arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats, cause a variety of symptoms that range from hard-to-detect to severe enough to require emergency care. Because arrhythmias can be dangerous when left untreated, it is important to be in tune to the possible symptoms so you can report them to your doctor and get the necessary heart care. If you have any of these symptoms, consider discussing them with your healthcare provider.

Heart Palpitations

The first symptom most people experience with an arrhythmia is the feeling that the heart is not beating normally. Depending on the type of arrhythmia, it may feel like your heart suddenly skips a beat or that you have a fluttering sensation in your chest. Your heart may also feel like it is racing. These heart symptoms may appear occasionally and go away, or they may be persistent and occur in rapid succession. If you experience heart palpitations, even if they seem minor, consider talking to your doctor. By starting treatment for your arrhythmia in this stage, you may be able to avoid further symptoms.

Fatigue

When heart arrhythmias persist, they affect your heart’s ability to pump effectively. This, in turn, affects the way blood circulates through your body and delivers oxygen to your cells. Fatigue is the result. Fatigue may also be accompanied by dizziness or lightheadedness caused by the decline in your heart’s efficiency.

Chest Pain

Arrhythmias themselves can cause chest pain, and they can also lead to heart attacks, which also cause chest pain. If you experience this symptom, you may need critical care, so dial 911 or go immediately to the ER. Some people only discover that they have a heart arrhythmia after going to the ER for chest pain.

Palms West Hospital provides heart care for a range of cardiac conditions. Go to our emergency department if you’re experiencing the symptoms of a heart attack, or call one of our registered nurses at (561) 345-7009 with your questions about heart health.


Knowing What You Can Expect in Breast Cancer Treatment

For women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, knowing what to expect during treatment can make coping with the disease easier. Understanding your options for breast care when you have cancer allows you to make informed decisions about your treatment plan and to minimize the impact of treatment on your daily life. Although each patient’s breast care plan is different, here are some of the things you may encounter during cancer care.

Surgery

Surgery is common during breast cancer treatment. There are two main types of surgery for breast cancer: lumpectomy and mastectomy. During a lumpectomy—also called breast-conserving surgery or partial mastectomy—the cancerous portion of the breast is removed along with a small amount of surrounding normal tissue. With a mastectomy, the entire breast is removed. The procedure that is right for you depends on a number of factors, including the stage and the location of the cancer. Recovery from surgery depends on the type of procedure you have.

Chemotherapy

Chemotherapy is the use of medications to kill breast cancer. It may be used alone or in conjunction with other treatments, including surgery. Chemotherapy may be administered via an IV or oral medications, and most patients require multiple rounds of treatment. It can cause a number of side effects, including hair loss and nausea. Discuss any side effects you experience with your oncologist, as treatments are available to minimize many of the symptoms.

Radiation Therapy

Radiation therapy uses radiation energy to destroy cancer tissues. It is often recommended for women with large tumors in conjunction with surgery or for cancer that has spread beyond the breast. Most patients need multiple radiation treatments at pre-determined intervals. The side effects can include fatigue and skin changes.

Palms West Hospital’s breast services offers diagnostic imaging to identify breast cancer and support for women undergoing treatment. You can get answers to your questions about your breast cancer treatment 24 hours per day by calling (561) 345-7009 to speak to a registered nurse.


How to Help Your Child Stay Healthy in School

School isn’t just a place of learning—it is also ground zero for many infectious diseases. If you think your child is sick, make an appointment at your hospital’s pediatrics department for a diagnosis and treatment. Reduce the risk of an illness happening in the first place with these tips.

Set Standards for Hand Washing

Hand washing is one of the most effective and easiest ways to keep kids healthy at school, but students have a tendency to skimp on hand hygiene, especially in younger grades. Teach your child the importance of washing hands and show him or her the proper technique. Talk to your child’s teacher about guidelines for washing hands before meals and snacks, and be sure your child knows where to locate soap and hand towels at school to make hand washing easier. With your child’s teacher’s permission, consider packing a small bottle of hand sanitizer in his or her bag each day for when he or she can’t wash.

Teach Respiratory Etiquette

One of the reasons germs spread so easily in schools is because students often sneeze and cough without covering up. Teach your child to cough or sneeze into a tissue whenever possible or into the crook of his or her elbow when a tissue is not available. Stress the importance of hand washing if your child does cough or sneeze into his or her hands.

Keep Your Child at Home

When kids are contagious, the best place for them to be is at home, rather than at school. Help create a culture in your child’s school in which parents keep sick kids at home by doing this with your own. Make an appointment at your pediatrics practice if you’re unsure if it is safe for your child to go to school.

When your little one needs care at a children’s hospital in the Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, FL area, choose Palms West Hospital. We provide a range of pediatric services, including critical care in the ER. Talk to a registered nurse 24 hours per day about your child’s health needs by calling (561) 345-7009.


What Is Case Management?

When you are receiving care in the hospital, you will find that your care team consists of many nurses, doctors, and specialists. To keep your care consistent and organized, Palms West Hospital maintains a Case Management Department, which serves as a resource for patients and hospital staff alike. By creating a single point of contact with all information about an individual’s unique case, there is a streamlined process in planning procedures, providing important information to patients, and creating an effective plan for hospital discharge.

Coordination of care

Because patients may work with a variety of different doctors and specialists, it is essential to have care coordination to avoid any lapses or redundancies in care. In the hospital, the care team will have immediate access to patient charts, but when it comes time to plan outpatient services, care coordination keeps services consistent and reduces a patient’s responsibility to communicate concerns to new physicians involved in the recovery process.

Direct patient communication

Case managers do lots of work behind the scenes, but they are also points of contact for patients who are readily available to answer questions, schedule appointments, and create more continuity in care.

Comprehensive discharge process

Hospital discharge is a process that you might begin discussing shortly after being admitted to the hospital, since this is the ultimate goal of your inpatient care. With clear goals in the discharge process established with a case manager, you can remain more proactive in your hospital care and know what to expect once you go home. Your case manager will also work with your insurance carrier to plan post-hospital care through outpatient providers.

At Palms West Hospital, patient-centered care is at the heart of every service we provide from orthopedic care to heart and vascular services. To learn more about the benefits of choosing Palms West Hospital, visit us online or call (561) 345-7009 to speak with one of our registered nurses anytime, 24/7.


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