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    Heart Attack Warning Signs

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Over 900,000 Americans have a heart attack every year, and heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. If you or someone you love experiences heart attack symptoms, it’s essential that you seek professional medical care. 

    This video offers a look at heart attack warning signs and how the medical professionals at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point treat heart attacks. If you experience chest pain, fatigue, shortness of breath, or any other heart attack symptoms, our emergency room staff will quickly evaluate you and admit you to the cardiac catheterization laboratory for treatment.

    The doctors and nurses of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point have saved thousands of lives throughout Hudson and Bayonet Point. If you have any questions about our cardiac care services, call our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 741-5119. 

    Treating Your Back Pain

    Last updated 4 years ago

    It’s common to take your spine health for granted – until you start experiencing back pain. Back pain can be debilitating, interfering with your mobility and your ability to enjoy your favorite activities. Fortunately, by working with an orthopedic doctor, you can learn about treatment options to restore your spine health and improve your quality of life.

    Watch this video to learn more about orthopedic treatment at the Spine Care Center of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. You’ll hear from a patient, who enjoyed almost immediate relief of her back pain following surgery. You’ll also learn about some of the advantages of choosing our Spine Care Center, such as the comfortable, private rooms and the knowledgeable specialists.

    Schedule a consultation with a back specialist at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point today. You can call our orthopedic department at (888) 741-5119 or visit our website to read more about spinal conditions.

    When Your Heart Skips a Beat: Atrial Fibrillation 101

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Have you ever had the feeling of your heart skipping a beat, beating very fast, or fluttering in your chest? While these feelings can sometimes be due to excitement or nervousness, they can also be a sign of a condition called atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most common type of abnormal heart rhythm, and may be caused by other conditions such as high blood pressure or coronary artery disease. If you have atrial fibrillation, you are five times more likely to suffer from a stroke. Atrial fibrillation also increases your risk of congestive heart failure. If you have heart palpitations, chest pain, or shortness of breath, visit your doctor at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point immediately to find out why. Explore this infographic to learn more about atrial fibrillation and how your Hudson hospital can help treat it. Please share with your friends and family. 

    Risk Factors for Stroke That You Can Control

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Certain risk factors for stroke are uncontrollable; they include your age, gender, family history, and personal medical history. Fortunately, other risk factors are manageable with healthy lifestyle changes and medical intervention. You can learn about your risk of stroke by working with a doctor at your local hospital. Your doctor can recommend effective treatment plans for medical conditions that may increase your risk of stroke, in addition to advising you on healthy lifestyle modifications.

    Physical Inactivity

    Being physically inactive increases your risk of stroke because it contributes to obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and high cholesterol. If you have a medical condition, talk to your doctor before beginning an exercise program. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity and length of your exercise routine. Try to be physically active on most days of the week.

    Poor Diet

    Your doctor might recommend working with a nutritionist to develop a stroke prevention diet. Diets high in excess calories can increase the risk of stroke because they contribute to obesity. Likewise, a high-sodium, high-fat, and high-cholesterol diet increases your risk of stroke. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables you eat each day, eat whole grains instead of refined grains, and choose plant-based sources of protein to limit your fat intake.

    High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is the most common cause of stroke. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is often caused by a diet high in sodium, physical inactivity, and obesity. You can manage your hypertension by seeing your doctor for regular screenings, taking medications as recommended by your doctor, and implementing healthy lifestyle changes.

    High Cholesterol

    If you have high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol and low levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, you’re at an increased risk of stroke. Your doctor might recommend medications to manage your cholesterol levels. Exercising regularly and limiting your intake of saturated fat will also help.

    If you do suffer a stroke, the specialized Stroke Team at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point can provide emergency stroke treatment to reduce your risk of long-term disability. Give us a call at (888) 741-5119 and ask us about the prevention program available at our Stroke Center. Our nationally recognized hospital is conveniently located in Hudson, FL.

    Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment of GERD

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) is a chronic disease that affects the digestive system. It occurs when the contents of the stomach, such as stomach acid and food, flow backward up the esophagus. If you have GERD, you can work with a digestive health specialist at your local hospital. Undergoing effective treatment for GERD will reduce your risk of developing complications, such as respiratory problems and esophagitis.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    The underlying cause of GERD is the relaxation of the lower esophageal sphincter, which is the muscle that normally prevents the backflow of the stomach contents. Sometimes, GERD is caused by hiatal hernias, which are structural abnormalities in the area. They cause an opening in the diaphragm, through which stomach contents may pass. Certain factors can increase your risk of developing GERD, such as being overweight or obese, being pregnant, and using tobacco or inhaling secondhand smoke. The use of certain medications can also increase your risk, such as antihistamines, sedatives, and antidepressants.


    The primary symptom of GERD is heartburn; however, not everyone with GERD experiences heartburn. Other symptoms of GERD may include nausea, vomiting, chest pain, bad breath, and sore throat. Asthma, wheezing, difficulty swallowing, and recurrent pneumonia may also indicate GERD.

    Medical Treatments

    A digestive health specialist can recommend an effective treatment plan for you, which may include over-the-counter medications such as antacids and similar medications. Other drugs that may be helpful include antibiotics, prokinetics, and H2 blockers. If you experience severe symptoms and medications aren’t sufficient, your doctor might recommend surgery.

    Lifestyle Changes

    Lifestyle changes can help you reduce GERD symptoms. Your doctor might recommend that you lose weight, quit smoking, and wear loose-fitting clothing. Sleeping with your head elevated and remaining upright for at least three hours after meals may also reduce symptoms.


    Residents of the Hudson, FL area can turn to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for solutions for GERD. The specialists at our Heart Burn & Swallowing Disorder Center will work with you to develop a customized treatment plan to manage your symptoms and reduce the risk of complications. Contact our hospital by calling (888) 741-5119 or visit our website to explore our range of services.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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