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    Examining Common Sleep Disorders

    Last updated 1 day 11 hours ago

    Many people understand the wellness benefits of a wholesome diet and regular exercise, but fewer may recognize the vital role that healthy sleeping habits play as well. Sleep is a key component of wellbeing, so when a sleep disorder develops, it can quickly deteriorate both physical and mental health. The Sleep Lab at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help Hudson area residents overcome their sleep disorders and enjoy the restorative slumber they deserve.

    Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a condition that prevents the consistent inhalation of oxygen into the lungs. Air breathed in through the nose and mouth normally passes through the throat’s airway into the lungs. Sleep apnea happens when excessive amounts of tissue in the airway block the flow of air. This occurrence causes the body to wake up so that the respiratory system can work properly once again. This response can repeat many times throughout the night, making it difficult for sleep apnea sufferers to get the rest they need.

    Insomnia

    One of the more familiar sleep disorders is insomnia, which often presents as the inability to fall asleep at night. This condition affects millions of people, as it may develop from a wide variety of causes. Some people experience insomnia because of an existing medical problem. Others suffer from it as the side effect of chronic stress. In some cases, insomnia may lead to problems staying asleep at night rather than trying to fall asleep.

    Restless Legs Syndrome

    Restless legs syndrome can also prevent sufferers from being able to sleep at night. This sleep disorder develops when individuals experience uncomfortable leg sensations that keep them alert and sometimes in discomfort as they attempt to fall asleep. This condition also prompts sufferers to move their legs to alleviate the pain they feel. As with sleep apnea and insomnia, restless legs syndrome can contribute to physical and mental health issues if sufferers cannot get enough sleep on a regular basis.

    Are you suffering from any of the aforementioned sleep disorders? Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help. To learn more about our Sleep Lab, call us today at (727) 755-0561.

     

    What Is Electrophysiology?

    Last updated 6 days ago

    To move blood throughout the body, the heart must contract on a regular basis. This repetitive motion is controlled by electrical signals that prompt each contraction. Central to cardiac health is consistent pulsation. In some people, though, the heart may beat in an abnormal manner. Certain conditions may cause the heart to beat too fast or too slowly. Other cardiac issues may lead to fluctuating pulses. To determine the reason for this irregular activity, a cardiac center may rely on electrophysiology. Electrophysiology monitors the pulsing action of the heart to isolate and identity the reason for its abnormal electrical signals. With this diagnostic tool, doctors can diagnose patients with any number of arrhythmia conditions, including atrial fibrillation and sinus tachycardia.

    Would you like to learn more about the electrophysiology services provided at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point? Then call our Hudson hospital today at (727) 755-0561. One of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can explain in greater detail how this cardiac care option can help in the diagnosis and treatment of heart conditions.

    Tips for Preventing Traumatic Injuries

    Last updated 13 days ago

    All it takes is a moment of distraction or poor preparation to cause a life-changing traumatic injury. By implementing a few simple precautions, though, you can greatly reduce your chances of experiencing a medical crisis.

    Outdoor activities often lead to traumatic accidents when participants fail to wear recommended safety gear. If you or a loved one intends to go for a bike ride, play football, or engage in another sport, make sure that safety helmets, pads, and other protective equipment are worn. Car collisions can also cause traumatic injuries. So before you or a loved one begins driving, ask that everyone in the vehicle secures his or her safety belt. While en route to your destination, eliminate possible driving distractions. For example, refrain from using cell phones for either texting or talking during car rides.

    When an unexpected accident occurs, Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can see to it that you receive prompt and appropriate emergency treatment. To learn more about our trauma care services in Hudson, call (727) 755-0561. You can also go to our website for additional details on our complete hospital care options.

    Understanding STEMI Time

    Last updated 15 days ago

    When a heart attack occurs, it prevents oxygen-rich blood from reaching the heart. To restore proper heart function, a cardiac team must alleviate the blockage causing the attack.

    This video demonstrates how quickly Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can address heart attack-inducing blockages. STEMI is the term used to describe the duration of time between when a patient first experiences heart attack symptoms and when he receives treatment to address it. For every minute that the heart is denied the blood it needs, heart cells die, which makes short STEMI times critical to effective care. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers swift yet comprehensive STEMI treatment for patients in the greater Hudson area.

    Our Chest Pain Center can help patients contending with potentially life-threatening cardiac conditions. To learn more, call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point today at (727) 755-0561.

    What Are the Different Types of Bone Fractures?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Bone fractures are a common reason why people seek emergency care. Though the skeletal system is strong and flexible, trauma from a fall or blow can cause one or more bones to break. However, x-ray imaging can quickly alert orthopedic doctors to the nature of a break so that they can determine the best course of action, which often entails a cast to render the affected bone immobile until it heals. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers orthopedic services for breaks of all severities for our Hudson area patients.

    Comminuted Break

    A comminuted break can be a serious condition, as it occurs when a bone splinters into multiple fragments. Should this happen, it is essential that all pieces of the bone are brought into proper alignment so that they can fuse together correctly. Any number of circumstances might lead to a comminuted break. For instance, a serious car accident can lead to comminuted breaks of the arms or legs. Osteoporosis, which weakens the bone, might also contribute to comminuted breaks suffered during slip and fall accidents.

    Open Break

    A open break, so named because the bone penetrates the skin, can also produce serious complications. When bone breaches the skin, it provides the opportunity for bacteria to invade the wound and cause an infection. To reach the skin, the bone may also lacerate nerves or muscle tissue. Depending on the size of the fracture, blood loss might also be a concern. Immediate emergency care to address these many components is crucial to avoid irrevocable or long-term complications.

    Stable Break

    Though a major medical event that requires professional orthopedic attention, a stable break typically necessitates fewer extensive treatment services than a comminuted or open break. When a break such as this occurs, the bone fractures into two pieces that stay in close proximity to each other. Their positions are often well aligned as well, making it easier for an orthopedic physician to address the break. The recovery process for a stable break may also entail a shorter period of time.

    Let Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point be your medical resource for all of your healthcare needs. Our emergency care department offers around-the-clock assistance for individuals who experience painful and potentially disabling breaks. Call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral system today at (727) 755-0561 to learn more about our services.




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