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    What You Need to Know about Heart Failure

    Last updated 3 years 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 (888) 741-5119. 

    Recognizing the Signs of a Traumatic Brain Injury

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Traumatic brain injury occurs when an impact on the head disrupts normal brain functioning. It’s important to react quickly if you suspect you or someone you love has suffered this kind of injury, as early treatment can help reduce complications. Would you recognize the signs of a traumatic brain injury if you saw them? If any of these symptoms occur after a head trauma, seek emergency medical treatment right away.


    Unconsciousness is not only a sign of traumatic brain injury, but can also be an indicator of the severity of the injury. With a mild traumatic brain injury—also known as a concussion—sufferers may experience no unconsciousness or unconsciousness that lasts for less than 30 minutes. Moderate traumatic brain injury usually causes unconsciousness that lasts for more than 30 minutes. People with severe traumatic brain injuries are usually unconscious for more than 24 hours.

    Memory Problems

    Issues with memory are very common after a traumatic brain injury. Patients may not remember the injury itself or events up to about 24 hours before the injury. They may also struggle to retain new information. As the brain recovers, patients may reclaim some memory and their ability to remember new information.

    Emotional Changes

    After a brain injury, it’s common for patients to experience changes in their emotions. They may be more easily angered or may become more emotional. Changes in sleeping patterns may also occur, along with confusion or disorientation. These personality changes will often be reversed when the brain heals.

    Even a mild brain injury is serious, so visit the ER at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for emergency treatment and transfer to our neurology department if necessary. Our ER offers comprehensive care 24 hours a day, with complete access to all of our hospital services. To learn more about our ER or for a referral to a physician, call (888) 741-5119. 

    Life after Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When you’re undergoing cancer treatment, making it through is your goal. However, when you finally finish your treatments, another new question may loom large: what now? Many cancer patients find themselves struggling to adjust to a new kind of normal. How can you get back to your life?

    Watch this video to hear how one oncology nurse coped when she became a cancer patient herself. After treatment, she faced questions about what steps to take next. She made a decision to stop focusing on the possibility of recurrence and start having as many great experiences as possible in both her professional and personal lives.

    The compassionate cancer team at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is here to support you from diagnosis to recovery. Get more information about our accredited cancer department and all of our hospital services by calling (888) 741-5119. 

    A Look at Spina Bifida

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Spina bifida is a condition which involves the incomplete development of either the brain, the spinal cord, or the covering of the brain or spinal cord, which is called the meninges. It strikes between 1,500 and 2,000 babies annually in the United States, making it the most common neural tube disorder. Most people with spina bifida lead active lives, but many need surgeries, walking devices, and other assistance. What causes spina bifida, and how is it treated? Here is what you need to know.

    What Causes Spina Bifida?

    Doctors aren’t sure what exactly causes spina bifida. It is likely that there are many factors at play, including genetic, nutritional, and environmental triggers. There appears to be a link between low levels of folic acid in a mother’s diet and neural tube disorders like spina bifida. For this reason, doctors often recommend that women of childbearing age take a folic acid supplement in case they become pregnant. Folic acid is also a central component of prenatal vitamins.

    What Are the Symptoms of Spina Bifida?

    Spina bifida symptoms vary depending on what part of the spine is impacted. In some cases, a tuft of hair, birthmark, or dimple near the defect is the only sign. In other cases, fluid-filled sacs visibly protrude from the spine. In most cases, spina bifida isn’t diagnosed by symptoms, but rather through prenatal testing. Minor cases may not be detected during pregnancy and may only be discovered after birth.

    How Is Spina Bifida Treated?

    Spina bifida can’t be cured, but it can be treated. In minor cases, children may not need any treatment at all. Other patients require periodic surgeries to deal with problems in the feet, hip, and spine as they grow. Some spina bifida patients need crutches, braces, or wheelchairs to be mobile.

    During your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about spina bifida testing and whether you should be taking folic acid supplements. The doctors in the neurology department at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help patients with spina bifida manage their condition and lead healthy lives. You can find out more by calling (888) 741-5119.  

    Tips for Interpreting Food Labels

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Doctors often recommend scrutinizing food labels before purchasing a product, particularly if you have diabetes or another medical condition. Food manufacturers are required to display certain information on the label. For example, at the top of the label, you’ll find the number of servings in each product and the serving size. All of the information that follows applies to one serving of the product. This means that if you eat more than one serving, you’ll be getting more calories and nutrients than described on the label.

    For more helpful hints on decoding food labels, watch this video presented by the American Diabetes Association. You’ll see a sample food label and hear an explanation of all of its basic components.

    Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers extensive patient education to residents throughout the Hudson, FL area, including regularly offered support groups and classes. If you have questions about nutrition or other healthcare topics, reach out to our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (888) 741-5119



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