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    Do You Really Know How Much Salt You're Consuming?

    Last updated 4 days ago

    You know eating too much salt is bad for your blood pressure and heart health. You make an effort to keep your intake low and season your food with herbs and spices. Did you know, however, that despite your best efforts, you could still be eating too much salt? This video explains more.

    To really get a handle on how much salt you’re eating, start by looking at food labels. You may be shocked to see how much sodium is actually hiding in some of your favorite pre-packaged foods. Restaurant foods are another culprit. Restaurants often rely on salt to add flavor, so it’s easy to underestimate how much you’re getting.

    When your heart health is on the line, choose Blake Medical Center. Our Bradenton, FL hospital is a Thomas Reuters Top 100 Cardiac Hospital and provides a range of cardiac services. Learn more by calling (888) 767-5071. 

    What's the Difference Between Good and Bad Cholesterol?

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Cholesterol is a major component in the formation of heart disease. Did you know, though, that cholesterol also supports cardiovascular health? Because heart disease is the most pressing medical condition facing the American public, Blake Medical Center urges those in the greater Bradenton region to become familiar with how both good and bad cholesterol can impact the heart and vascular system.

    Good Cholesterol

    Health experts frequently discuss the dangers of high cholesterol, and when they do so, they are referring to low-density lipoproteins. What they may less frequently talk about are the benefits of high-density lipoproteins. These tiny molecules are what heart doctors often call the good cholesterol. High-density lipoproteins, or HDL, aid heart health in several ways. For one, they scour the circulatory system for low-density lipoproteins to remove them from the bloodstream. Two, high-density lipoproteins also help to keep the circulatory system in working order. Because plaque buildup can deteriorate arterial health, high-density lipoproteins clean the arterial walls, freeing them from the accumulation of fat and bad cholesterol.

    Bad Cholesterol

    Bad cholesterol is a popular topic of conversation because so many people have too much of it in their bodies. As mentioned, bad cholesterol is the more common name for low-density lipoproteins, or LDL. Low-density lipoproteins can be found in processed foods and baked goods, frequently consumed items in the United States. As a result, many Americans have dietary habits that contribute to their heart health problems. When low-density lipoproteins enter the bloodstream, they collect on the arterials walls, making it more difficult for the circulatory system to move oxygen-rich blood through the body. Low-density lipoproteins also increase the risk of arterial blockages that can cause heart attacks and strokes. For these reasons, heart health experts often caution the public to make healthier eating choices to limit the consumption of bad cholesterol.

    Is your diet hurting your heart health? To find out, call Blake Medical Center at (888) 767-5071 in Bradenton, FL. Our Manatee County hospital can evaluate your cholesterol levels and determine if they might present the risk of a future cardiac problem. 

    Improving Your Life with Joint Replacement

    Last updated 18 days ago

    If you experience chronic pain, stiffness, and overall discomfort in your knees or hips, you’re not alone. Many people suffer from joint pain that makes even simple tasks such as walking or doing errands almost impossible. After consulting with your doctor, you may decide that joint replacement surgery at a Bradenton hospital is right for you. Take a look at this infographic from Blake Medical Center, a hospital in Bradenton, Florida, to learn more about the reasons for joint replacement surgery. You’ll also find out what you can expect before, during, and after the procedure. You don’t have to go through life in pain. Please share this useful information with your friends and family.

    Risk Factors for Breast Cancer

    Last updated 18 days ago

    While no one condition may cause breast cancer, several risk factors can increase the likelihood of contracting it. So to better understand their chances of getting this disease, all adult women should be aware of their personal risk factors.

    A family history of breast cancer is a known risk factor, so women with immediate family members who have been diagnosed with the disease may want to get more frequent clinical examinations and earlier mammograms. In some cases, a family history of the disease may be due to a genetic mutation for which women can also be tested. Regardless of heredity factors, all women incur a higher risk of breast cancer with older age. That is why cancer care experts typically advise women who are 40 years old or older to get regular mammogram screenings and genetic counseling. 

    The Breast Care Center at Blake Medical Center offers digital mammography services for women in Manatee County. If you are due for a mammogram, call us at (888) 767-5071 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral expert about your health needs. You can also visit our website for more information on our complete healthcare options.  

    What to Expect from Your Stroke Recovery

    Last updated 24 days 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.

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