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    Heart Attack: It's All About Time

    Last updated 4 years ago

    When a coronary artery becomes completely blocked and blood flow to the heart ceases, the damage to the heart muscle begins. The sooner blood flow is restored, the better the outcome will be. The length of time it takes from the blockage of the artery to the restoration of blood flow is referred to as S.T.E.M.I. time. If you think you could be experiencing a heart attack, call 911 immediately to improve your chances of survival and recovery.

    To learn more about treatment for heart attack victims, watch this video presented by Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. You’ll hear the story of Tom, a heart attack patient who received emergency medical treatment at our hospital. You’ll also learn about the extensive experience our healthcare professionals have in performing emergency angioplasty stent procedures.

    To learn more about treatment options available for heart attack patients, call the Chest Pain Center of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Residents of the Hudson, FL area can reach us at (888) 741-5119.

    An Overview of Atrial Fibrillation

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Normally, the electrical system of the heart transmits signals to maintain its regular heartbeat. In patients with atrial fibrillation; however, the electrical signals are irregular or do not transmit properly, causing an irregular heart rhythm known as atrial fibrillation. Atrial fibrillation is the most prevalent kind of arrhythmia. If you have atrial fibrillation, consult a cardiovascular specialist to learn more about your condition. A cardiovascular specialist can help you explore treatment options and lifestyle changes to manage your condition.

    Causes and Risk Factors

    Most of the time, atrial fibrillation is the result of another heart condition that damages the electrical system. These conditions can include coronary heart disease and high blood pressure. In other cases, it’s not known what causes atrial fibrillation. However, the risk of developing this condition increases with age and with lifestyle factors, such as alcohol consumption and obesity.


    Atrial fibrillation can cause a range of symptoms, including some that mimic the symptoms of a heart attack such as chest pain and shortness of breath. Patients with atrial fibrillation may feel dizzy or faint, and they may be overly fatigued and confused. Weakness, difficulty exercising, and heart palpitations are also associated with this condition.

    Treatment Options

    Undergoing treatment for atrial fibrillation can reduce the risk of suffering complications such as stroke and heart failure. A cardiovascular specialist may prescribe blood-thinning medications to reduce the risk of blood clots, and they may recommend medications to regulate the heartbeat and heart rhythm. Some patients may require procedures, such as a catheter ablation.

    Prevention Methods

    By leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, you can reduce the risk of suffering from atrial fibrillation and other cardiovascular conditions. Avoid smoking, stay physically active, and maintain a healthy weight. Limit your alcohol consumption, and eat a diet low in fat and high in fiber.

    Arrhythmia Center of Florida at the Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is dedicated to providing quality and timely care for our patients. We are fully staffed with expert physicians and electrophysiologists who are committed to giving our patients the care they need while experiencing a cardiac arrhythmia. Call our hospital in Hudson, FL at (888) 741-5119 to request an appointment with a cardiovascular specialist.

    What Is the Consult-A-Nurse Service?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Millions of Americans—particularly men—are hesitant to seek professional medical care. One big reason for this is because the healthcare system can be difficult for the uninitiated to navigate. Fortunately, the Consult-A-Nurse service makes it much easier for patients to determine what kind of care they need and when they need it.

    The Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line is a free service designed to provide patients with important health information, including advice on physician referrals. If you have a question about diabetes management, for example, you can call the Consult-A-Nurse line and receive apt advice from a registered nurse in a matter of minutes. If you’re looking for a heart specialist to evaluate your cardiovascular system, you can use the Consult-A-Nurse service to find a skilled physician within the vast HCA Hospital network.

    Call the Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point Consult-A-Nurse service at (888) 741-5119 if you have any questions regarding your health. One of our knowledgeable registered nurses can help connect you with the care you need to achieve optimum health. 

    Saving Lives at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Though medical emergencies happen all the time, most people are ill prepared when disaster strikes. The medical professionals at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, on the other hand, are always prepared to handle an emergency. 

    This video tells the story of how former basketball star Paul Judson barely survived a major auto accident. Thanks to the readiness and skill of Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point’s medical staff, Judson received prompt care and survived the ordeal. Our hospital’s provisional level II trauma center can handle virtually any emergency that comes our way. 

    If you or a loved one is experiencing a medical emergency, rely on the skilled medical staff at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. You can call our Hudson, FL facility at (888) 741-5119 if you have any questions about our emergency services. 

    The Different Types of Stroke

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of disability in adults. This condition occurs when regular blood flow to the brain is compromised, causing numbness, speech difficulty, headache, and other symptoms. Stroke can be prevented by regular exercise, a healthy diet, and stress relief; still, the professionals at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point urge Hudson-area residents to learn about the three main types of stroke and their symptoms.

    Hemorrhagic Stroke

    Roughly 13% of all strokes are classified as hemorrhagic strokes. This stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain ruptures and hemorrhages into the surrounding area. Hemorrhagic strokes usually occur as a result of a ruptured aneurysm, which is a ballooning blood vessel; or as a result of an arteriovenous malformation, which is an abnormally formed blood vessel.  

    Ischemic Stroke

    An ischemic stroke is by far the most common kind of stroke, accounting for about 87% of all strokes. This kind of stroke is caused by a blockage in an important blood vessel that leads to the brain. As with a heart attack, this kind of blockage may be caused by high blood pressure and fatty deposits lining an artery’s interior. Symptoms of an ischemic stroke may include drooping on one side of the face, an inability to raise both arms, and slurred speech.  

    Transient Ischemic Attack

    The final kind of stroke is closely related to ischemic strokes in that they involve an arterial blockage; however, transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) usually clear up on their own in five minutes or less. Though a TIA may not cause any permanent damage, it is a warning sign of future strokes, and should be taken very seriously. It’s always important to call 911 if you experience any stroke symptoms.

    The Stroke Center at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is always prepared to treat any kind of stroke using state-of-the-art equipment. Our Stroke Center is certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, and has earned recognition from the American Heart Association. Call (888) 741-5119 to speak with a knowledgeable representative.   


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