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    What Is the TAVR Procedure at Blake Medical Center?

    Last updated 4 days 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 11 days 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.

    A Look at the Blake Medical Center Level II Trauma Center

    Last updated 18 days ago

    At Blake Medical Center, our emergency room has always provided Manatee County residents with high-quality care for medical crises, but now we can take that care even further with our Trauma Center. We are a designated Level II Trauma Center, which means patients south of Tampa Bay no longer have to waste precious time traveling for the trauma care they need.

    Our Trauma Center treats a range of conditions caused by serious illness and injury caused by car accidents, physical assaults, natural disasters, and more. A board-certified trauma surgeon is on duty at all times, as are surgeons in associated specialties, including orthopedics and obstetrics, to ensure the fastest level of care. Patients in the Trauma Care department have seamless access to the rest of our hospital services.

    The Trauma Center at Blake Medical Center has an academic partnership with USF College of Medicine to ensure the highest level of quality care. Learn more about how we can help your family in a trauma situation by calling (888) 767-5071.

    Supporting a Friend Through Cancer Treatment

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When your friend is receiving cancer care, you may feel unsure of how to help him or her. Know that every person undergoing cancer treatment is different, and has unique needs and preferences. Your friend may need a sympathetic ear, or he or she may need a distraction from cancer treatments. Encourage your friend to make future plans with you to go out to the movies or enjoy other activities. However, understand that your friend may need to reschedule at the last minute if he or she is feeling poorly that day.

    Individuals who are undergoing cancer treatment often require a great deal of practical help, in addition to emotional support. Let your friend know that you are willing to help him or her with transportation to oncology appointments, trips to the pharmacy, and other errands. Your friend may also need help around the house if he or she feels unable to cook or clean, and your friend may welcome an offer to babysit the kids, if applicable. Assisting your friend with these needs will greatly ease the burden for him or her, and it will help your friend focus on feeling well again.

    The Cancer Care program at Blake Medical Center of Bradenton, FL, offers extensive support services, including our Caring Friends Support Group, screenings, and other events. To learn more about our oncology services, call (888) 767-5071.

    Recognizing Symptoms of Stroke In Women

    Last updated 1 month ago

    A stroke can happen to anyone, even someone who appears to be in good overall health. Unfortunately, many women fail to recognize the signs of stroke and delay going to the emergency room. If you think you could be suffering a stroke, it’s critical to get to the emergency room as soon as possible because doctors have more treatment options available if stroke is treated in a certain window of time. If treatment is started within the first three hours of stroke symptoms, an improved outcome is possible. Women often experience the same symptoms of stroke as do men; however, they may also report other, more unusual symptoms.  Use the acronym FAST to remember the warning signs.  Face – ask the person to smile to see if one side of the face drops. Arms – ask the person to raise both arms and see if one drifts downward.  Speech – ask the person to repeat a simple phrase to see if their speech is slurred.  Time – If you observe any of these, call 9-1-1 immediately.

    Impairment of Physical Functions

    The symptoms of a stroke tend to develop swiftly. You may notice that your basic physical functions have become impaired, such as your ability to walk properly. A stroke often causes numbness or weakness, particularly on one side of the body. It can result in the loss of coordination, loss of balance, and vision impairment. If any of these symptoms occur, call for emergency transportation to the nearest hospital.

    Impairment of Cognitive Functions

    It’s common for victims of stroke to experience impairment of cognitive function. You may become confused. When you speak, your words are likely to be slurred. If other people talk to you, you may have trouble understanding them.

    Onset of Other Abrupt Symptoms

    In addition to the classic symptoms of physical and cognitive impairment, women may report additional symptoms. You should go to the emergency room if you experience sudden chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart palpitations. A stroke may also cause abrupt limb or facial pain, nausea, and general weakness. Some women have even reported experiencing a sudden episode of hiccups.

    The Stroke Program at Blake Medical Center has been certified as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, which means it provides the highest quality of care and adheres to strict national standards. When you arrive at our emergency room with symptoms of stroke, you’ll receive prompt diagnostic and therapeutic interventions. Residents of Bradenton, FL, and throughout Manatee County are welcome to call us at (888) 767-5071 with questions about our stroke program and emergency room response.

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