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    How to Keep Your Heartburn Under Control

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Heartburn, or acid indigestion, is a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). If you suffer from persistent heartburn, it’s advisable to visit your local hospital to explore your treatment options. In addition to taking medications to manage your symptoms, your doctor is likely to recommend lifestyle changes. You may need to make changes to your diet, such as avoiding or limiting foods like chocolate, citrus fruits, tomato-based foods, fatty foods, coffee, and alcohol. It’s also advisable to practice portion control. Eating a very large meal can worsen your symptoms.

    If you smoke, your doctor will recommend that you explore smoking cessation options. Smoking can weaken the lower esophageal sphincter (LES) and worsen heartburn. If you’re overweight or obese, you’ll likely find that your symptoms improve with weight loss. Other ways of keeping your heartburn under control involve modifying your sleeping habits. Avoid lying down within two to three hours of eating. When you do lie down, consider elevating your head six inches to prevent the contents of your stomach from flowing backward into the esophagus.

    Patients who suffer from heartburn are encouraged to explore the healthcare services available at the Heartburn & Swallowing Disorder Center of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. You can obtain a referral to a specialist at our community hospital by calling (888) 741-5119.

    How Our Consult-A-Nurse Service Works

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is a proud hospital affiliate of HCA West Florida. All HCA-affiliated hospitals offer the Consult-A-Nurse service. You can call the Consult-A-Nurse line free of charge to speak with a registered nurse any time of the day or night.

    When you watch this video, you’ll learn more about the services available through Consult-A-Nurse. You can call this service when you need a referral to a physician or a specialist at our hospital, or when you wish to explore upcoming community healthcare programs. You can even ask our registered nurses your healthcare questions. Although we cannot diagnose a condition over the phone, you can receive valuable healthcare information, such as whether your symptoms can wait for a physician appointment or whether you should go to the emergency room.

    Patients at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can call (888) 741-5119 to reach our Consult-A-Nurse service. We also invite you to browse our website to learn more about our healthcare services.

    A Patient's Guide to Multiple Sclerosis

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological condition that occurs as a result of an abnormal immune response that damages the protective coating around nerves. If you or a loved one has been exhibiting the possible signs of MS, schedule a visit to your local hospital right away. The neurological team at your community hospital can provide you with an accurate diagnosis and help you explore your treatment options.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    Nerve fibers are protected by a myelin sheath. When the immune system attacks it, nerve impulses are disrupted. Researchers aren’t quite sure what the underlying cause is; however, it’s believed to involve a combination of genetics and environmental influences. Doctors have identified a number of issues that appear to increase the risk of MS, including smoking, being diagnosed with certain infections, having certain autoimmune disorders, and living in a temperate climate. Women and those with a family history of MS are more likely to develop it.

    Signs and Symptoms

    The symptoms of MS can be difficult to pinpoint because they vary widely from person to person. According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, about 80 percent of patients with MS suffer from fatigue and 55 percent experience chronic or severe pain. MS can also cause dizziness, vertigo, weakness, numbness, and muscle spasticity. Patients may suffer from cognitive changes, emotional challenges, vision impairment, bladder problems, and walking difficulties.

    Treatment Options

    Although MS does not yet have a cure, the neurological department of your hospital can help you learn about treatment options. When you experience a flare-up of symptoms, you may benefit from corticosteroids or plasmapheresis, the latter of which refers to a blood filtering treatment. Other medications may help slow the progression of the disease and reduce relapses. In addition to medications, patients may benefit from working with a physical therapist, eating a healthy diet, and getting plenty of rest.

    The Neurological Services Department of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers superior care to those with multiple sclerosis and other neurological conditions. Our hospital in Hudson, FL features the latest diagnostic equipment available, along with a highly trained, multidisciplinary team of experts. You can learn more about us by calling (888) 741-5119.

    What Are the Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Osteoarthritis can inhibit sufferers from enjoying the quality of life they deserve. This condition, which deteriorates the joints, can lead to chronic pain, joint stiffness, limited range of motion, and noticeable swollenness. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point offers orthopedic services to ease these inconvenient complications to which the following risk factors may contribute:

    Past Injuries

    A joint injury in childhood or young adulthood can resurface decades later as osteoarthritis. Damage to the joint can deteriorate the cartilage or bone that make up this part of the body. As a result, prior injuries can have a cumulative effect on the subsequent health of the joint, causing it to slowly worsen with time. Athletes and manual workers in particular can be at risk for osteoarthritis due to the high rate at which they suffer joint injuries.

    Excessive Weight

    The joints can successfully withstand and absorb hundreds of pounds of force with every step, jump, or other motion. Yet when the body must carry excessive weight, the joints may strain under the additional pressure that they endure on a daily basis. The joints that reside in the lower regions of the body, such as the hips and knees, often bear the greatest stress from excessive weight. With nutritious eating behaviors and frequent physical activity, though, overweight individuals can ease the strain that their joints might otherwise continue to suffer.

    Advancing Age

    Though osteoarthritis can affect people of all ages and health states, this condition impacts older individuals most frequently. Even healthy seniors can suffer from this problem, as natural wear and tear on the joints can contribute to their deterioration over many years. For osteoarthritis sufferers of any age, though, orthopedic care can help to minimize the painful and limiting side effects of this chronic disease.

    Don’t let osteoarthritis stop you from enjoying your favorite activities and pastimes. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can help you determine the type of orthopedic treatment that will best address your joint issues. To find out more about our services for Hudson residents, call (888) 741-5119.

    A Look at Knee Replacement Surgery at Regional Medical Center at Bayonet Point

    Last updated 3 years ago

    An arthritic knee can make mobility difficult and painful for sufferers. This video demonstrates how Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can restore knee function for patients.

    Eric underwent knee replacement surgery at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, and as his recovery indicates, this procedure can have profound effects on every aspect of life. Though once hindered by a deteriorated knee, Eric can now enjoy his favorite activities. He no longer feels limited by his former health issues and hopes that his story can serve as an example of how Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can make movement easy and pain-free again for orthopedic patients in need of knee replacement surgery.

    Are you a candidate for knee replacement surgery? To find out, call Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson at (888) 741-5119. 


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