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    Host a Mamm & Glamm Night

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Undergoing regularly scheduled screening mammograms is an essential step to safeguarding your health. Here at Blake Medical Center, we understand that work responsibilities, family obligations, and other commitments can make it difficult to fit mammograms into your schedule. This is why we encourage social groups and businesses to schedule Mamm & Glamm nights at our hospital in Bradenton, FL.

    Participants in our Mamm & Glamm nights will enjoy an evening of pampering. In addition to your screening mammogram, you can look forward to our beauty services, including five-minute makeovers, refreshments, and a special gift bag, all delivered within a private, comfortable setting. It is our hope that Mamm & Glamm nights can reduce women’s anxiety regarding mammograms, encouraging them to schedule these essential tests according to the recommendations of their physicians.

    Women throughout Manatee County can turn to Blake Medical Center for compassionate cancer care and a comprehensive range of healthcare services. For a referral to a specialist at our hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 767-5071.

    Spotlight on the Lung Screening Program

    Last updated 7 months ago

    It’s challenging to detect lung cancer in its early stages, when it is most treatable, because the symptoms are often not evident until the disease has progressed. This is why physicians recommend lung cancer screenings for certain patients. As you’ll learn by watching this video, arranging a lung cancer screening at Blake Medical Center is easy.

    Our hospital in Bradenton, FL has invested in low-dose CT technology for our Lung Care Center to help save lives in our community. The experts in this video encourage viewers to contact a Patient Navigator at our hospital to learn if they’re a good candidate for lung cancer screening.

    Would you like to learn more about cancer care and lung cancer screenings at Blake Medical Center? Visit our website or call us at (888) 767-5071 to speak with a registered nurse.

    What Are the Symptoms of Diabetes?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    If you suspect you may have diabetes or be at risk of developing the disease, it’s important to schedule an appointment at your community hospital as soon as possible. With proper medical management, those with pre-diabetes can reduce their risk of developing diabetes, and those who already have the disease can lessen the possibility of suffering from serious complications. During your next exam at your local hospital, alert your physician to all of your symptoms, which may include the following.

    Excessive Thirst

    The symptoms of diabetes are often subtle. Pay attention to the cues your body sends you and consider writing a list of any changes you experience. If you inform the physician at your hospital that you’ve been a great deal thirstier than usual, he or she may choose to test your blood glucose levels. Diabetes leads to excessive blood sugar levels, which forces your kidneys to work harder. This can lead to more frequent urination, which in turn causes excessive thirst.

    Weight Loss

    If you experience rapid weight loss despite not changing your diet or exercise routine, it’s time to visit your physician. Unintentional weight loss can have many different causes, including diabetes.


    Fatigue is a common symptom of diabetes. It may be caused by dehydration because of the frequent urination. Additionally, individuals with diabetes are less able to use glucose for energy, which interferes with the body’s ability to function.

    Blurred Vision

    Another area of the body that diabetes can affect is the eyes. If you have high blood glucose levels, your body will respond by pulling fluid from your tissues, including the lenses in your eyes. The result could be blurred vision.

    Patients with diabetes in Manatee County are encouraged to sign up for the three-day Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Blake Medical Center, a hospital in Bradenton, FL. This comprehensive diabetes class explores essential self-care topics, including medication management, physical activity, nutrition management, blood glucose monitoring, and support systems. If you have any questions about the healthcare services available at our community hospital, call (888) 767-5071 to speak with a registered nurse.


    How Sleep Apnea Can Affect You

    Last updated 8 months ago

    There are many types of sleep disorders, one of which is sleep apnea. This condition is characterized by the periodic cessation and resumption of breathing during sleep. This causes the patient to briefly wake from sleep, interrupting the sleep cycle. If you have sleep apnea, you could be waking up from sleep dozens or even hundreds of times during the night. Sleep apnea can affect you in a number of ways, which is one reason why it’s critical to get help at your local hospital. Your community hospital may employ specialists in sleep medicine who can help you manage your condition.

    Cardiovascular Problems

    Sleep apnea causes abrupt decreases in blood oxygen levels. This can lead to increased blood pressure and places excessive strain on the cardiovascular system. Individuals with sleep apnea are at a greater risk of developing high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to other medical problems. If you have heart disease, sleep apnea can increase the risk of sudden death because of a cardiac issue. Additionally, sleep apnea places you at a heightened risk of stroke, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation.

    Surgery Complications

    If you’re anticipating undergoing surgery with general anesthesia, it’s critical to inform the surgery team at the hospital if you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can increase the risk of breathing problems while under general anesthesia.

    Liver Problems

    After being diagnosed with sleep apnea, you may wish to ask your physician if you should have a liver function test. Those with sleep apnea may be more likely to have abnormal liver function results. Additionally, you could be at a greater risk of developing scarring of the liver.

    Sleep apnea is just one of the many sleep disorders we can diagnose and treat at The Sleep Center at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, FL. Residents throughout Manatee County are encouraged to visit our website to learn more about our healthcare services, including trauma care, cancer care, and emergency services. You can also connect with our Consult-A-Nurse referral line by calling (888) 767-5071.

    Fast Breakfast and Lunch Ideas for People with Diabetes

    Last updated 8 months ago

    When you have diabetes, finding healthy meals to eat on the go isn’t always easy. Smoothies may be a tempting choice, but most are packed with sugar that can send your blood glucose level soaring. In this video, learn how to make fast smoothies that are diabetes-friendly so you can eat on the run.

    You’ll learn how to make two smoothies in the video—one for breakfast and one for lunch. Both recipes contain a good balance of carbohydrates and proteins from natural ingredients. These meals will keep you satisfied without making your glucose spike.

    If you need help with diabetes management, attend one of Blake Medical Center’s comprehensive diabetes education classes. Find out how to register for a diabetes class or learn about the other services at our Bradenton, FL hospital by calling (888) 767-5071. 

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