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    A Patient's Guide to Heartburn

    Last updated 13 hours ago

    Some people might dismiss heartburn as a minor health concern, but without proper treatment, this uncomfortable condition may lead to ulcers and even cancer along the digestive track. The Heart Burn & Swallowing Disorder Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help Hudson area residents manage their heartburn and avoid more serious complications. By understanding the nature of heartburn and ways it presents, you can start implementing lifestyle changes to alleviate its symptoms and side effects.

    Warning Signs

    Heartburn often develops in response to particular eating habits. These eating behaviors can cause the tissue that normally seals the stomach shut to allow acidic fluids back into the esophagus. When these fluids make contact with the interior lining of the esophagus, it can produce discomfort in the chest area that many people refer to as a burning sensation. In some cases, this unpleasant feeling can extend all the way into the throat region.

    Causes

    Some individuals may be more prone to heartburn than others. Because they might have more pressure on their stomachs, pregnant women can be highly susceptible to heartburn. Individuals who suffer from weight issues might also experience excessive pressure on the stomach that forces acidic fluids to reenter the esophagus. However, no matter a person’s weight or existing health conditions, heartburn can occur from eating particular foods. The caffeine found in both coffee and chocolate can increase the likelihood of this condition. Alcoholic beverages can contribute to it as well. Many vegetables, fruits, and herbs, including onions, tomatoes, and garlic, can bring on heartburn, too.

    Management Options

    Mild cases of heartburn may require only diet changes to diminish the occurrences of it. If this condition does not alleviate after food modifications are made, or if it has already caused esophageal damage, medication may be necessary to address heartburn. Surgery may also be used to remedy extreme cases of heartburn that fail to respond to more conservative treatment measures.

    Don’t let heartburn diminish your quality of life. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers personalized heartburn treatment that caters to your symptoms and needs. To find out if your chest discomfort might indicate the presence of heartburn, call us at (727) 755-0561 to discuss your concerns with a Consult-A-Nurse expert. 

    A Brief Overview of Our iTriage Symptom Checker

    Last updated 2 days 10 hours ago

    Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point provides comprehensive healthcare services so that patients in the greater Hudson area can make more knowledgeable medical decisions. With our iTriage Symptom Checker, we have made it even easier for individuals to gather the resources they need when considering their healthcare choices. This comprehensive application lets users access a wide range of medical information, including condition symptoms, disease causes, and procedure costs. With the iTriage Symptom Checker, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point patients need not feel uninformed about how to receive the best medical care for their health needs.

    Have you tried the iTriage Symptom Checker? If not, it only takes a few seconds to download this invaluable app! To learn more about this app’s features, or to receive download assistance, call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson at (727) 755-0561. We would be happy to discuss in further detail how this application can become an essential part of your health and wellness routine.

    What Is a Coronary Angioplasty?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S., claiming the lives of over 600,000 Americans every year. Though regular exercise, a healthy diet, and other healthy habits are effective ways of preventing heart disease, more advanced measures are required for severe cases. A coronary angioplasty is a sophisticated procedure designed to reduce heart disease symptoms and decrease one’s risk of a heart attack. If you have heart disease, you might ask your Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point doctor about a coronary angioplasty. 

    When Is It Necessary?

    Plaque can build up in your arteries over time, making it more difficult for blood to flow normally. If left unaddressed, the buildup of plaque may eventually lead to the total blockage of a coronary artery, also known as a heart attack. During a coronary angioplasty, a surgeon widens the coronary arteries affected by plaque, thus increasing the blood flow to the heart and reducing the patient’s risk of heart attack.  

    How Is It Performed?

    Before undergoing a coronary angioplasty, you will undergo a coronary angiogram to determine whether the procedure is for you. During the procedure itself, you will be sedated while your cardiologist inserts a catheter into one of your major arteries. He then uses a guidewire to bring the catheter up to your heart, where a special balloon inflates the narrow artery. Your doctor may also place a stent in your artery to prevent narrowing in the future.  

    What Is Recovery Like?

    Coronary angioplasty is considered a non-invasive procedure, and typically only requires one day of post-surgery hospitalization. In the days following surgery, it’s important for patients to drink plenty of fluids, avoid strenuous activity, and seek medical care for complications. Most patients can return to their normal activities one week after surgery. 

    If you suspect that you need a coronary angioplasty, call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point at (727) 755-0561. Our Consult-A-Nurse hotline can help you understand what kind of care you need and connect you with a skilled and experienced cardiologist in Hudson, FL. 

    Understanding Chemotherapy and How It Affects the Body

    Last updated 7 days ago

    When most people think about cancer treatment, chemotherapy often comes to mind. Contrary to popular belief, chemotherapy and radiation are not the same thing; chemotherapy is most often used as a systemic treatment that combats cancer throughout the body, while radiation is considered a localized treatment. If you seek cancer treatment at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, we’ll answer all your chemotherapy questions and help you determine whether it’s the best treatment for you.

    Chemotherapy Basics

    Technically, chemotherapy is the use of any sort of drug to treat a disease. However, it most commonly refers to cancer treatment. There are over 100 kinds of chemotherapy available, each of which is formulated to prevent cancer from spreading, kill cancer cells, or at least alleviate symptoms associated with cancer. Chemotherapy can be a patient’s sole cancer treatment or be used in combination with surgery or radiation.

    How Chemotherapy Works

    If cancer is diagnosed at an advanced stage, there’s a good chance it will have spread beyond the point of initial development. Once cancer spreads, localized treatments such as radiation or surgery are ineffective. Chemotherapy can be administered orally or intravenously, and is designed to attack cancer cells throughout the body. Once chemotherapy sufficiently shrinks the cancer, the remaining cancer cells may be eliminated via radiation or surgery.

    Potential Side Effects

    Unfortunately, chemotherapy does not exclusively attack cancer cells. Healthy, normal cells may also become damaged during treatment. Though healthy cells can repair themselves, most people still experience side effects from chemotherapy, including nausea, hair loss, and fatigue. The severity of side effects depends on the type of chemotherapy being administered, the type of cancer being treated, the health of the patient, and many other factors.

    Don’t let the potential side effects of chemotherapy prevent you from considering it as a viable cancer treatment option. To learn more about chemotherapy, call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point at (727) 755-0561. We provide our Hudson patients with chemotherapy and other cancer treatments

    The Truth Behind Common Breast Cancer Myths

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Breast cancer is the second-most common type of cancer among American women. Though there have been amazing breast cancer awareness campaigns in recent years, many people still believe persistent breast cancer myths. Accurate information is essential for identifying and treating breast cancer, which is why the medical professionals at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point work hard to dispel certain breast cancer myths.

    Only women get breast cancer

    Though the vast majority of breast cancer cases affect women, more than 2,000 American men are diagnosed with breast cancer every year. Men also tend to have a higher mortality rate, as male breast cancer is relatively rare and men are less likely to receive timely breast cancer treatment.

    A lump on your breast is a sure sign of cancer

    It’s important for all women to perform breast self-exams at least once a month. Though finding a lump is definitely a cause for a concern, you shouldn’t panic; most breast lumps turn out to be benign, or non-cancerous. Still, it’s essential to have all breast abnormalities examined.

    Deodorant can cause breast cancer to develop

    At some point in the past few decades, there began a rumor that antiperspirant and deodorant can increase one’s risk of cancer. This is likely because these products are applied near where breast cancer often develops. However, researchers have been unable to identify a link between deodorant and the development of breast cancer

    Mammograms can make breast cancer worse

    Some people assume that the radiation exposure from a mammogram can cause breast cancer to spread. However, a mammogram involves a very small dose of radiation, and the benefits of breast cancer screening far outweigh the risk of radiation exposure. Most doctors recommend that women undergo annual mammograms beginning at age 40.

    All women (and men) should be aware of their risk of developing breast cancer. To learn more about breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, visit our website or call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (727) 755-0561. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has successfully treated hundreds of cancer patients. 




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