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    What Is Hyperbaric Therapy?

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Hyperbaric therapy involves the use of pure oxygen in a pressurized environment to promote healing. Patients undergoing hyperbaric therapy lay in a tube-like container that is slowly pressurized until it reaches one and one half to three times the normal atmospheric pressure. A session may take between 30 minutes and two hours, depending on the condition being treated.

    Hyperbaric therapy can be used to treat a number of conditions, but one of its most common applications is for wound care. The high levels of pressurized oxygen encourage the body to rush oxygen-rich blood to the site of the wound to promote healing. Hyperbaric therapy can also be used to treat decompression sickness, carbon monoxide poisoning, thermal burns, and much more.

    The Wound Care Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers hyperbaric therapy to help resolve stubborn wounds. You can find out more about wound care and all of our hospital services by calling (727) 755-0561.

    What Is Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease?

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Gastrointestinal reflux disease—or GERD—is a relatively common condition in which stomach contents move backwards into the esophagus, triggering pain and heartburn. Over time, acids from the stomach can also permanently damage the lining of the esophagus. If you experience symptoms of GERD, it’s important to see your doctor right away, as early treatment can reduce complications. Continue reading to find out more about this condition.

    Basics of Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease

    In your esophagus, there is a ring of muscle fibers called the lower esophageal sphincter, or LES. The job of the LES is to close after food moves from your esophagus to your stomach to prevent backflow. With GERD, the LES does not close completely, which allows partially digested foods and stomach acids to move into the esophagus. When these stomach contents move backwards, it is called reflux. The reflux causes heartburn, nausea, and the feeling that food is stuck in the chest area. Some sufferers also experience sore throats, hoarseness, coughing, and hiccups.

    Causes of Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease

    There are many different things that can cause GERD, and getting to the source of your symptoms is an important part of treatment. Some risk factors for GERD include obesity, pregnancy, smoking, hiatal hernia, and scleroderma. Certain medications are also linked to GERD symptoms; these medications include beta-blockers, sedatives, and bronchodilators.

    Treatments for Gastrointestinal Reflux Disease

    How your doctor treats your GERD depends on a number of different factors, including the severity of your symptoms and what the underlying cause is. In some cases, lifestyle changes, such as losing weight and stopping smoking, are enough to reverse symptoms. You may need to change your medications or start taking them with a full glass of water. Over-the-counter antacids may help in the short term, but they may also cause constipation and diarrhea. Your doctor may prescribe medications to ease your symptoms. If your GERD symptoms are persistent, surgery may be an option.

    If you have GERD symptoms, ask for a referral to the Heart Burn & Swallowing Disorder Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. We offer treatment for GERD sufferers ranging from medications to surgery. You can get more information about our hospital by calling (727) 755-0561.


    Guidelines for Cancer Detection Screenings

    Last updated 12 days ago

    When it comes to cancer, early detection saves lives. That is why keeping up with cancer screening tests is so important. Each screening test has its own guidelines, so talk to your doctor about which tests are right for you and when you should have them. Here is a look at some common cancer screening tests and the current patient guidelines for undergoing the exams.

    Breast Cancer

    The mammogram is the gold standard for diagnosing breast cancer. Most women should have a mammogram once a year starting at age 40. In addition to mammograms, women should begin having clinical breast exams every three years in their 20s and 30s, and then annually after age 40. It is also recommended that women perform breast self-exams each month. Some women may require more frequent screening and different kinds of tests, such as an MRI, because of a family history of breast cancer. Talk to your doctor about what is right for you.

    Cervical Cancer

    There are two approaches to cervical cancer screening: a Pap test or a Pap test plus an HPV test, which is called co-testing. Pap tests should begin at age 21. Women between 21 and 29 should have a Pap test every three years, but don’t generally need an HPV test unless they have an abnormal Pap result. Women between 30 and 65 should have co-testing every five years. After 65, screening can be stopped in women who have a history of normal Pap tests. However, screening should be performed for 20 years after a pre-cancerous Pap result, regardless of age.

    Lung Cancer

    Non-smokers don’t usually need lung cancer screenings unless they are experiencing symptoms. Smokers between the ages of 55 and 74 who smoke 30 packs or more per year and are still smoking or quit less than 15 years ago may need to be screened. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of screening and how often you should be tested.

    For diagnosis and treatment, visit the accredited Cancer Program at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. We provide chemotherapy, surgery, pain management, support groups, and everything else you may need during your cancer battle. For more information, call (727) 755-0561.

    What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?

    Last updated 19 days ago

    Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is a health problem that affects the circulation. Specifically, it involves the arteries that carry blood to the limbs. The symptoms of PAD occur when the extremities do not receive enough blood. Although PAD is a serious condition, it can often be treated successfully with a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. A cardiovascular specialist at your community hospital can help you reach your treatment goals.

    How does PAD Develop?

    A cardiovascular specialist can help you understand how you developed this condition. Most often, it’s caused by atherosclerosis, or the buildup of fatty deposits on the arterial wall, which reduce blood flow. Sometimes, the cause of PAD is exposure to radiation, injury, or blood vessel inflammation. You’re at a higher risk of PAD if you smoke, or if you’re obese, or if you have health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol.

    What are the Symptoms?

    Be sure to tell the cardiac care team at your local hospital about all of your symptoms. Some people with PAD experience no symptoms, while others experience intermittent claudication, which refers to leg pain while walking. Muscle pain, cramping in the legs or arms, coldness in the extremities, or changes in skin can indicate PAD.

    Are There Any Potential Complications?

    If you have PAD caused by atherosclerosis, this problem isn’t necessarily limited to the arteries that extend to your extremities. Plaques can also build up along your arterial walls leading to the heart and brain, which places you at a higher risk of heart attack and stroke.

    How Is PAD Treated?

    Lifestyle changes are a cornerstone of PAD treatment. Your cardiac care team may advise you to quit smoking, lose weight, and exercise regularly. Some patients may benefit from medications, such as drugs to control blood sugar or lower cholesterol levels. In some cases, surgery may be recommended.

    The team of heart and vascular specialists at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point has made it our mission to help patients enjoy a better quality of life with effective treatments for PAD and other conditions. Our nationally acclaimed healthcare programs can empower you to make informed decisions for your well-being. We invite residents throughout the Hudson, FL area to call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (727) 755-0561 for more information about our hospital.

    A Look at Electrophysiology Studies

    Last updated 24 days ago

    Electrophysiology studies, or EPS, are used to diagnose the cause of an irregular heart beat. They can also be used to determine if your current treatment is successful or if you should receive a different kind of care, such as a pacemaker, cardiac ablation, or surgery, for an arrhythmia.

    During EPS, you will receive a sedative via an IV that makes you feel relaxed but leaves you aware enough to answer questions during the procedure. The treatment area will be numbed with local anesthetic—your doctor may work through your groin, arm, or neck. When you are comfortable, your doctor will insert a series of catheters into a blood vessel and guide them to the heart, where small electrical pulses will be delivered. Your doctor will track how your heart reacts to determine where your arrhythmia is located. The procedure isn’t painful, though you may feel your heart racing.

    EPS is just one tool we use in the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to provide you with the best care possible. Ask your doctor to refer you to one of our cardiologists or get more information by calling (727) 755-0561.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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