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    The E-Cigarette and Your Heart Health

    Last updated 3 years ago

    While smoking bans have cut smoking in many public places to keep the community safe, the use of E-cigarettes is on the rise—especially among young kids. Despite advertising suggesting that E-cigarettes are a safe alternative to smoking tobacco, these products are largely unregulated and can still cause many of the destructive effects of regular cigarettes. This video offers a warning to families that E-cigarettes are exploding in popularity and marketing aggressively to America’s youth. The most effective way to manage your health as a smoker is still to kick the habit completely instead of switching to alternative devices.

    Are you trying to quit smoking for good? If so, call Brandon Regional Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (888) 327-2636 for resources that can help you stay on track. We are dedicated to supporting a healthier, smoke-free community for every resident of Hillsborough County.

    What Is Pelvic Organ Prolapse?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When the pelvic floor muscles are no longer strong enough to support the pelvic organs, prolapse may occur. This condition develops when pelvic organs drop from their normal positions. At Brandon Regional Hospital, our robotic surgery team can treat pelvic organ prolapse with minimally invasive surgery. Here is what you need to know about this condition, including its symptoms and your treatment options.

    Causes of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    The muscles of the pelvic floor can become weak or damaged for a number of reasons. In some patients, the changes are age-related. In others, the muscles have been weakened by childbirth, obesity, constipation, or connective tissue disorders.

    Signs of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    Pelvic pain and pressure are the most common indicators of prolapse, but there may also be other symptoms, including urinary incontinence, painful intercourse, and tissue or organs that push into or extend past the vaginal opening. Because these symptoms can be signs of a range of different conditions, it’s important to have them evaluated by a doctor so the proper diagnosis can be made.

    Treatment of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

    Treatment for pelvic organ prolapse depends on the nature of your condition and severity of your symptoms. Initially, your doctor may recommend non-surgical treatments, such as pelvic floor exercises to strengthen the muscles or a pessary, which is a device that can be inserted into the vagina to support prolapsed organs. If these remedies don’t provide symptom relief, you may be referred for surgery.

    If you’re living with pelvic organ prolapse, ask your doctor to refer you to Brandon Regional Hospital. Our women’s services and robotic surgery teams can help you find relief from your symptoms. You’ll also find a comprehensive list of other healthcare services at our Hillsborough County hospital, including an emergency room, orthopedics, pediatrics, and more. For additional information, call us at (888) 327-2636.

    Recognizing the Risk Factors for Stroke

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, but you can reduce your risk by understanding and mitigating your risk factors. Find out what increases the odds of having a stroke by watching this video.

    There are two types of stroke risk factors: uncontrollable and controllable. You can’t do anything to change uncontrollable risk factors like age, but there are many things you can do to reduce controllable factors such as obesity, smoking, and poor diet. If you’re worried about stroke, talk to your doctor about steps you can take to cut your risk.

    If you think you or someone you know is experiencing the symptoms of a stroke, go to the Hillsborough County emergency room of Brandon Regional Hospital for treatment in our Stroke Center right away. For more information about our stroke program or our other hospital services, please call (888) 327-2636. 

    Questions to Ask Your Doctor about Breast Cancer

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Learning that you have breast cancer can be shocking, but educating yourself about your condition can help you feel more in control of your health. Keep an open line of communication with your cancer care team, and ask questions as they come up. Take notes when talking to your doctors so you don’t forget any important information.

    Some of the first questions you may want to ask after your diagnosis will be about the type of cancer you have. Ask about your treatment options and prognosis, as well as what side effects you should expect from your treatments. Your doctor can explain if you will be able to work and continue with your usual activities during treatment or if your side effects will interfere. Be sure to also ask for information about resources you can use for things like financial and emotional support.

    Early detection of breast cancer makes treatment more effective, so schedule an appointment at The Breast Center at Brandon Regional Hospital in Hillsborough County. You can get more information about our services, including our emergency room and orthopedics department, but calling (888) 327-2636. 

    Preventing and Treating High Blood Pressure

    Last updated 3 years ago

    High blood pressure is a serious condition that increases your risk of heart attack and stroke. It is also very common, with about 78 million sufferers in the United States today. High blood pressure can lead to medical emergencies if left untreated, but there are many things you can do to control high blood pressure or maybe even avoid it in the first place. Take charge of your blood pressure with the following information.

    High Blood Pressure Prevention

    Healthy lifestyle choices can help you prevent high blood pressure. Eat a healthy diet and keep an eye on your sodium intake, as salt is closely linked with high blood pressure. Make sure you get physical activity most days to support your cardiovascular health and keep your weight under control. If you smoke, stop. Smoking dramatically increases your risk of developing high blood pressure and can make the condition worse if you do get it. Although quitting is challenging, your doctor can offer strategies to help, including medications that help to control nicotine cravings.

    High Blood Pressure Treatments

    If you already have high blood pressure, adopting a healthy lifestyle is more important than ever. Talk to your doctor about your diet and find out if you should follow a low-sodium eating plan. Get more physical activity, and if you’re carrying excess weight, make an effort to lose it. Stress can increase blood pressure, so work on a plan with your doctor for managing it. Limit your alcohol intake and avoid tobacco. Your doctor may prescribe medications to lower your blood pressure. Take them as directed and report any side effects, such as lightheadedness, to your doctor. Keep all doctor appointments and ask your physician about monitoring your blood pressure at home.

    If you have high blood pressure, it’s important to be alert to symptoms that need treatment at Brandon Regional Hospital’s emergency room, including chest pain that could signal a heart attack and slurred speech that could indicate a stroke. From our emergency room to the Stroke Center, we have the care you need for high blood pressure-related complications and much more. You can get additional information about our Hillsborough County hospital by calling (888) 327-2636.


Disclaimer: The materials provided are intended for informational purposes only. You should contact your doctor for medical advice. Use of and access to this website or other materials do not create a physician-patient relationship. The opinions expressed through this website are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the hospital, medical staff, or any individual physician or other healthcare professional.
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