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    What Is Peripheral Artery Disease?

    Last updated 3 years 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 (888) 741-5119 for more information about our hospital.

    A Look at Electrophysiology Studies

    Last updated 3 years 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 (888) 741-5119.

    Examining Common Sleep Disorders

    Last updated 3 years 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.


    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 (888) 741-5119.


    Tips for Preventing Traumatic Injuries

    Last updated 3 years 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 (888) 741-5119. You can also go to our website for additional details on our complete hospital care options.

    Understanding STEMI Time

    Last updated 3 years 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 (888) 741-5119.


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