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    Risk Factors for Breast Cancer in Men

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Breast cancer is often thought of as a women’s condition, and while it’s true that it does strike women most often, men are also at risk. Understanding your risk factors for breast cancer can help you take steps to prevent it and make smart decisions about screenings. Talk to your doctor about your risk factors and how the diagnostic imaging services at Brandon Regional Hospital can be part of your healthcare plan. Here is an overview of some of the most common risk factors of breast cancer for men.

    Family History

    Like women, men have a greater chance of developing breast cancer if they have relatives with the condition. Of all of the men with breast cancer, one in five have a blood relative—male or female—with the disease. Men may also carry the hereditary gene mutation BRCA2 that is associated with an increased breast cancer risk.

    Klinefelter Syndrome

    Klinefelter syndrome is a congenital condition in which men have multiple X chromosomes. Klinefelter syndrome causes smaller than normal testicles and infertility, plus low levels of androgens and high levels of estrogen. This hormonal imbalance often leads to gynecomastia. Although doctors are unsure of just how much higher the risk of breast cancer is in men with Klinefelter syndrome, they do believe an increased risk does exist.

    Estrogen Therapy

    In the past, men often received estrogen therapy as part of prostate cancer treatment, and this therapy may have increased the risk of breast cancer in these men. Men who take estrogen as part of sex reassignment also have a higher chance of getting breast cancer.

    If your breast cancer risk is elevated, diagnostic imaging services at Brandon Regional Hospital can help your doctor monitor abnormal tissue growth. Our hospital provides comprehensive medical services to our Hillsborough County community, including emergency room care, a NICU, stroke care, and orthopedic surgery. For a physician referral or more information, call (888) 327-2636.

    What Is Hyperlordosis?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Your spine naturally has an inward curve in the lower back and neck area, which is called lordosis. Hyperlordosis, also called swayback, is a condition in which that curve is exaggerated. The sooner hyperlordosis is treated, the less likely it is to cause long-term compilations.

    Although the cause of hyperlordosis is often unknown, there are a number of things that increase the risk of developing the condition, including obesity, osteoporosis, disc problems, and hyperkyphosis—an exaggerated outward curve of the spine in the upper back. Some people with hyperlordosis don’t experience any symptoms, while others have back pain. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and ranges from physical therapy and medications to back surgery to stabilize the spine.

    The Spine Center at Brandon Regional Hospital treats a range of back conditions with traditional and minimally invasive surgery. You’ll find comprehensive medical care for your whole family at our Hillsborough County hospital, from our emergency room to our NICU. Get more information by calling (888) 327-2636.

    Recognizing Sudden Stroke Symptoms

    Last updated 3 years ago

    During a stroke, every second counts. Fast treatment can help preserve brain tissue and reduce the risk of long-term disability. Recognizing the symptoms of a stroke and getting emergency care are essential.

    Watch this video to learn the five warning signs of stroke. Sudden severe headaches, inability to communicate, and vision problems are among the indicators that someone is having a stroke. At the first sign of any of the symptoms listed in this video, go to the emergency room right away.

    At Brandon Regional Hospital, our emergency room and Primary Stroke Center in Hillsborough County provides the care patients need during and after a stroke. Learn more about our stroke care and all of our hospital services by calling (888) 327-2636.

    Managing Heart Arrhythmia Risk Factors

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Arrhythmia is another word for an abnormal heart beat. The associated changes in heart rate can occur in the atria and ventricles of your heart and may cause severe symptoms or no symptoms at all. However, because arrhythmias can increase your risk of heart attack and stroke, it’s important to learn how to reduce your chances of having one. Here’s a look at risk factors for arrhythmia and steps you can take to protect your heart health.

    Previous Heart Attack

    During a heart attack, your heart muscle becomes damaged. Scars and abnormal tissue deposits often occur, and these can lead to arrhythmias. Bradycardia, an arrhythmia that is caused by interference with AV conduction, and tachycardia, which is triggered by abnormally firing cells, are both associated with heart tissue scarring and deposits. After a heart attack, your doctor will likely monitor your heart health with EKGs, but arrhythmias that only occur sometimes may not be caught on these tests. For that reason, it’s important to tell your doctor if you experience shortness of breath or the sensation that your heart is fluttering in your chest.

    Congenital Conditions

    Several types of congenital heart conditions can increase the risk of arrhythmias. For instance, people born with a conduction system that is not fully developed are at risk for chronic heart blockages and bradycardia. Re-entrant supraventricular tachycardia is common in people with extra electrical pathways in the heart.

    Drugs and Medications

    Both illegal and prescription medications can cause heart arrhythmias, as can cigarettes and alcohol. In some cases, medications used to treat arrhythmias can actually trigger different types of arrhythmias, so be sure to report all medication side effects to your doctor.

    If you experience a heart health emergency, visit the emergency room at Brandon Regional Hospital. For help managing your arrhythmia, ask your doctor to refer you to our Hillsborough County AFib & Heart Rhythm Center. At our hospital, you’ll also find a Primary Stroke Center, pediatric care, an orthopedic department, and a NICU. Learn more by calling (888) 327-2636. 

    A Look at Slipped Disks in the Lower Back

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A slipped disk—also called a herniated disk—can cause prolonged pain in the lower back. In fact, it’s one of the most common causes of back pain. Non-surgical treatment works for some people with slipped disks, but others need spine surgery to get relief. At Brandon Regional Hospital, our Spine Center offers a number of treatment options for people experiencing back pain. If you’re suffering from a slipped disk, here’s what you need to know about the causes and treatment options.

    What Causes Slipped Disks?

    Slipped disks occur when one of the spongy disks that cushion the vertebrae slides out of place and presses up against nerves in the spine, causing pain. Sometimes, slipped disks are caused by age-related wear and tear. In other cases, being overweight, doing repetitive movements that strain the spine, smoking, and having a sedentary lifestyle lead to slipped disks. Another common cause is improper lifting techniques that cause injury.

    What Are the Symptoms?

    Lower back pain is the most common symptom of a slipped disk. Over time, the pain may radiate down the leg and into the ankle and foot. Numbness in the back and down the leg is also possible. In severe cases, loss of bladder and bowel control may also occur.

    How Are Slipped Disks Treated?

    Most doctors recommend starting with conservative methods to treat a slipped disk. Rest, anti-inflammatory medicines, and physical therapy are enough to resolve symptoms in some patients. Others get relief from epidural steroid injections. When these methods don’t work or eventually stop being effective, spine surgery may be the answer. During surgery, a portion of the herniated disk will be removed so that it can no longer press on spinal nerves.

    Visit the Spine Center at Brandon Regional Hospital if you’re suffering from lower back pain to learn how our surgeons can help. Our hospital also provides orthopedic surgery, emergency care, pediatric care, and much more. For a referral or more information, call our Hillsborough County hospital at (888) 327-2636. 


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