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    What to Expect from Your Stroke Recovery

    Last updated 2 days 7 hours ago

    Stroke is a major medical event. Upon suffering one, you might experience cognitive and physical changes. Depending on the location of the stroke, it can affect speech, motor coordination, and other common faculties. To get you back to health, your stroke care team may initiate the recovery process as soon they address your stroke symptoms. Though it may take several weeks or even months for you to return to your pre-stroke self, you can take great strides with the following tools. For more information, contact Blake Medical Center.

    Rehabilitative Services

    Hospitals often offer rehabilitation services for recovering stroke patients. In some cases, patients can begin their recovery while still at the hospital. However, stroke care specialists can also provide rehabilitative assistance on an outpatient basis. Rehabilitation can address multiple stroke complications, including physical and mental impairment. For instance, if you suffer from speech complications, speech therapy can help you recover your communication skills.

    At-Home Modifications

    To reduce the risk of a post-stroke accident, the stroke care team may also advise you and your loved ones to make certain home modifications. Because of the effect that stroke can have on your strength, balance, and coordination, you may initially need a wheelchair to navigate your home. To do so, family members may need to move furniture to alternate locations or clear walkways of clutter. Impaired arm or leg usage may also demand the movement of household items to more easily accessible places.

    Medication Prescriptions

    Medication is another key component of stroke recovery. Having a stroke is a significant risk factor for future strokes. Yet many prescription medications can lower the chances of having a second stroke. So as you and your stroke care team address your cognitive and physical complications with rehabilitation and home modifications, you should also heed carefully the medication recommendations of your physicians.

    Blake Medical Center offers stroke care services for individuals in Bradenton and the surrounding communities. To learn more about our rehabilitation options, call (888) 767-5071. You can also go to our website for an in-depth look at how our stroke program can put you back on the path to wellness as soon as possible.

    Managing Your Heart Medication

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Do you suffer from a heart condition? If so, your doctor may prescribe one or more medications to help manage it. This video discusses the importance of taking your medications as directed.

    The goal of heart medication is to reduce the risk of major cardiac events such as heart attacks. So to avoid serious heart problems, it’s important to take each medication on schedule and in the right dosage. To prevent unintended complications, you should also discuss your complete medication usage with each of your doctors. Especially when you have other conditions for which you take medications, you can be at risk for mixed drug complications.

    Blake Medical Center can make sure that your medication usage is safe. To speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurse representatives about your prescriptions, call our Bradenton hospital at (888) 767-5071.

    What Sets Blake Medical Center Joint Care Services Apart?

    Last updated 2 days 7 hours ago

    Joint replacement can be life-changing if you’re living with pain and compromised mobility, but where you choose to have your procedure matters. At the Joint Care Center at Blake Medical Center, you’ll get care from the area’s top experts in orthopedics, backed up by a specially-trained, caring team of nurses, physical therapists, and case managers. If you’re considering joint replacement surgery, here are just a few of the reasons you should choose Blake Medical Center.


    Before you have any kind of surgery, you should ask your surgeon how many of the procedures you’re having he or she has performed. At Blake Medical Center, you’ll find some of the area’s most experienced orthopedic surgeons. State of Florida ACHA data shows that more people in the Manatee County area choose our hospital for hip and knee replacements than any other local hospital. You can feel confident that our surgeons have the experience required to deliver the best possible results.


    The Joint Care Center has repeatedly been recognized for our quality of care. The Joint Commission has awarded us Knee Replacement Accreditation and Hip Replacement Accreditation, while Blue Cross Blue Shield has named us a Blue Distinction Center for Knee and Hip Replacement. These awards mean our program meets very strict standards for patient care and safety.

    Patient Experience

    We are committed to patient comfort before, during, and after surgery. Our pre-operative education will answer all of your questions so you have peace of mind about your procedure. Our hospital’s post-operative recovery rooms feel more like hospital suites, with private rooms, concierge service, and sleeper sofas for family.

    If you need joint replacement surgery, attend one of our information sessions or ask your doctor to refer you to Blake Medical Center. Get more information about joint replacement and our other services by calling (888) 767-5071.


    What Is the TAVR Procedure at Blake Medical Center?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Aortic stenosis occurs when calcium deposits build up on the flaps of the aortic valve, diminishing the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the body. Patients with this condition often experience extreme fatigue and shortness of breath. Open-heart surgery can repair the valves, but some patients, particularly the elderly, aren’t candidates for that procedure. That is where TAVR—transcatheter aortic valve replacement—enters the picture.

    Watch this video for an animation of the TAVR procedure. Using the TAVR procedure, the diseased aortic valve can be replaced using a catheter inserted through the thigh. This surgery can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with aortic stenosis.

    TAVR is one of the procedures we offer in the Heart Institute at Blake Medical Center. Our Bradenton, FL hospital is an Accredited Chest Pain Center and provides cutting-edge cardiac care for a range of conditions. To learn more, call our hospital at (888) 767-5071. 

    Understanding the Connection Between Obesity and Stroke

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Obesity is a well-known risk factor for stroke, but how exactly are the two related? Obesity itself raises your risk of having a stroke, and it increases your chances of having other conditions that are also stroke risk factors. If you or someone you love is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, call 9-1-1 and get to the emergency room as soon as possible for life-saving care. Here is a look at how excess weight raises your risk of needing to make that hospital trip.

    Excessive Fat Tissue

    Having excess body fat takes a toll on your cardiovascular system. Being overweight makes your heart have to pump harder, while excess fat tissue can interfere with blood flow and lead to artery blockages. All of these cardiovascular issues can eventually trigger a stroke.

    High Blood Pressure

    High blood pressure is the leading cause of stroke, and being overweight increases your risk of having it. Losing weight is one of the most effective ways of treating high blood pressure. Getting more active is a great way to reduce your blood pressure and your weight at the same time. The American Heart Association recommends that adults get about 30 minutes of activity, five days per week to control their risk of obesity and high blood pressure.

    Syndrome X

    Syndrome X, also known as metabolic syndrome, impacts one in five people who are obese. It is not actually a disease but rather a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease and stroke. The five risk factors that make up Syndrome X are a large waist size, high triglycerides, low good cholesterol (LDL), high blood pressure, and high blood sugar. Your doctor may diagnose you with Syndrome X if you have three of the five indicators.

    When you or someone you love needs stroke care, trust Blake Medical Center. Our emergency room can respond quickly to symptoms, and our certified Primary Stroke Center offers rapid treatment and recovery support. Our Bradenton, FL hospital provides a comprehensive range of services, including trauma care and oncology for Manatee County residents. For more information, call our hospital at (888) 767-5071.

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