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    Questions about Nutritional Guidelines for Americans

    Last updated 11 hours ago

    With obesity at epidemic proportions and weight-related health conditions on the rise, Americans everywhere are searching for ways to take control of their nutritional needs. The problem is that there is so much conflicting information out there that it can be hard to know where to begin. A good first step is to make an appointment with your physician to discuss your goals for your weight and overall health. As you embark on a healthier eating plan, consider the following answers to some common questions about nutritional needs.

    What Is the DGA?

    DGA is short for Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It is a set of nutritional recommendations designed to make healthier eating easier. The DGA lays out a set of recommendations for daily serving amounts for different food groups for Americans over two years old. These guidelines are designed to both promote healthy weight and decrease the incidences of conditions linked to food consumption, such as high cholesterol. These guidelines are revised every five years to reflect changes in nutritional science.

    How Can I Find These Nutritional Guidelines?

    The DGA is available online on various health-related government and private websites. You may also find information about the DGA printed on some food packaging. If you’re struggling to find the information or understand it, talk to your doctor. He or she will be able to provide you with the details and help you understand what it all means.

    Should I Plan My Diet According to the DGA?

    The DGA is a great starting point for healthy eating and portion control. However, you may need to eat a little differently, depending on whether you’re trying to lose weight or if you have a chronic health condition. You may also need to make changes if you are pregnant. If you plan to change your eating habits, talk to your doctor to find out if there are any specific health considerations you should keep in mind.

    If you need a physician to help you achieve your best possible health, ask for a referral to a Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point doctor. Contact our hospital today for help finding a doctor or to learn about our services by calling (727) 755-0561. 

    Examining Different Types of Heart Arrhythmias

    Last updated 2 days 11 hours ago

    Heart arrhythmias are irregular heartbeats. There are several different types, and some are more severe than others. If you have an irregular heartbeat, your doctor may decide to keep a watchful eye on your symptoms, or he or she may try treating the condition with medication or an implanted cardiac device.

    Atrial fibrillation, or AFib, is the most common type of arrhythmia. It affects millions of Americans and can lead to stroke. Premature atrial contractions are harmless arrhythmias and do not require treatment. Atrial flutter occurs often after heart surgery and may progress to atrial fibrillation. Ventricular fibrillation is one of the most serious arrhythmias and is considered a medical emergency.

    If you experience an intense irregular heartbeat, chest pain, or another symptom of heart trouble, seek emergency care right away at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Our Heart Institute and Arrhythmia Center of Florida provides cutting-edge care for a range of heart health issues. To learn more about our services, please call (727) 755-0561. 

    Dangers of E-Cigarettes and Heart Health

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Are e-cigarettes the next big heart health danger? The American Heart Association thinks so. These smokeless cigarettes have become mainstream and are putting smoking back into social situations it had previously been removed from. These devices are also being marketed heavily towards young people, potentially creating a new generation of smokers.

    Watch this video to learn the truth about e-cigarettes. Although they are not the same as traditional cigarettes, they are not necessarily safe. Almost all e-cigarette products contain nicotine and can put your heart health at risk.

    If you need help overcoming your smoking habit or want more information about the dangers of e-cigarettes, ask for a referral to a specialist at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. To find a physician or to get more information about our hospital, please call (727) 755-0561. 

    A Patient's Guide to Chemotherapy

    Last updated 9 days ago

    When you have cancer, chemotherapy is one of the treatment options your oncologist may recommend. There are a lot of misconceptions about this kind of treatment, which has changed dramatically over the last few decades. As with all of your cancer treatments, it’s important to understand what to expect so you can prepare effectively and understand what your next steps should be. If you’re scheduled for chemotherapy, here is what you need to know.

    What Is Chemotherapy?

    Chemotherapy is a drug-based cancer treatment that can be delivered via IV or in pill form. Usually, a combination of drugs is used during chemotherapy. Your oncologist will decide which drugs to use, how many sessions you need, and how often you will receive chemotherapy by evaluating a number of different factors, including the location of your cancer and whether it has metastasized, or spread. Chemotherapy can be particularly helpful in treating cancer that has spread beyond the primary tumor.

    What Are the Side Effects?

    Chemotherapy has a reputation for causing extreme nausea and hair loss. While some forms of chemotherapy can cause these side effects, it is not the case for every chemotherapy medication and every patient. Some people don’t have any side effects at all from their chemotherapy. Be sure to discuss your specific treatment plan with your oncologist to learn what you can expect, so you can prepare for things like taking time off of work and getting help around the house as needed.

    Will I Need Additional Treatments?

    In many cases, chemotherapy is one piece of a treatment plan that may include radiation, surgery, and other medications. Your oncologist will plan a treatment strategy for you depending on your particular case.

    If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, trust Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point to provide the compassionate care you need. Our multidisciplinary team of experts can help you manage your physical and emotional symptoms during and after your cancer treatment. To learn more about this and our other hospital services, call (727) 755-0561. 

    What You Need to Know about Heart Failure

    Last updated 14 days ago

    Heart failure is a condition that confuses many patients. If you or someone you love is diagnosed with heart failure, it doesn’t mean that the heart has stopped functioning. Instead, it means that the heart is no longer working at a high enough level to support the body’s needs. The good news for patients is that more cutting-edge therapies are available than ever before to help manage heart failure symptoms and prolong life.

    Watch this video to hear about some of the new approaches to heart disease treatment and how you can better manage your disease. Better quality of life with heart failure starts with talking to your doctor about your symptoms and finding the right therapy for you.

    The doctors at the acclaimed Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you manage your heart disease and start living better. For a physician referral, call (727) 755-0561. 




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