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    How to Have a Healthy Pregnancy

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Looking after your health during pregnancy is important for several reasons. First, your well-being has a direct impact on that of your child. Second, poor health can aggravate pregnancy symptoms, including nausea, fatigue, and weight gain. So by making good health a priority during pregnancy, you can also make it a safer experience for both you and your baby. The following tips highlight ways to enjoy a healthy and complication-free pregnancy. For more information, talk to the women’s health experts at Brandon Regional Hospital.

    Monitor Your Vitamin Intake

    Your body requires a consistent supply of vitamins and minerals so that it can perform at an optimum level. When you become pregnant, it becomes all the more important to take in the nutrients you need not only for your health, but also that of your baby. No matter how nutritiously your diet, it may be difficult to get the recommended amount of particular elements such as folic acid and iron from your meals alone. For this reason, your doctor may recommend a daily prenatal vitamin.

    Keep Up with Your Exercise Regimen

    Unless you have a special medical condition, your physician may also advise you to stay active during pregnancy. Exercise is a critical component of good health no matter your age or gender, so it is vital for expecting mothers the same as everyone else. Consistent physical activity can prevent excessive weight gain, ward off body pain, reduce fatigue, and even foster an easier birthing experience.

    Stay Away from Damaging Substances

    What you eat and drink can directly impact the health of your growing child. Just as the intake of vitamins such as iron and folic acid can help your baby develop in a healthy manner, so too can substances such as tobacco and alcohol complicate normal growth. Both substances have been found to be primary risk factors for birth defects, premature birth, and even miscarriage. To ensure the health of your baby, cease all usage of alcohol and tobacco.

    Brandon Regional Hospital can help you enjoy a healthy pregnancy and complication-free delivery. If you would like more information on our prenatal services for Hillsborough County patients, call (888) 327-2636. You can also go to our website for additional details on our complete women’s healthcare options.

    Comparing Different Types of Strokes

    Last updated 3 years ago

    A stroke is a brain attack. When this life-endangering event happens, areas of the brain are deprived of oxygenated blood and their cells begin to die. However, stroke is a general term for three distinct brain attacks that can each lead to extensive disability and even death without immediate treatment. Brandon Regional Hospital offers rapid stroke care services for Hillsborough County residents.

    Hemorrhagic Stroke

    Arteries are structures that bring oxygenated blood to all areas of the body, including the brain. The tissues that make up these structures are durable and flexible, but any number of circumstances can lead to their rupture. Hypertension is one common condition that can weaken arteries in the brain and cause them to burst. When blood seeps into the brain, it both can damage affected areas and deny oxygen to its intended destination. This type of stroke is called a hemorrhagic bleed.

    Transient Ischemic Attack

    In many cases, strokes happen because blood can reach the brain as the result of a blockage. In some situations, this blockage may not be permanent. A transient ischemic attack occurs when an artery that supplies blood to the brain suffers an obstruction for a temporary duration of time. While a transient ischemic attack may not last indefinitely, it can still cause significant brain damage and be a precursor to a more serious stroke.

    Ischemic Stroke

    Of all stroke types, an ischemic attack is the most common. Like a transient ischemic attack, this form of stroke prevents the flow of blood to the brain because of an arterial obstruction. However, ischemic strokes do not clear up on their own. Therefore, for each minute that an ischemic stroke goes untreated, the brain can suffer considerable oxygen deprivation and cellular death. As with other forms of stroke, an ischemic attack demands immediate medical attention. Only with the help of a qualified stroke care team can a person suffering from a stroke receive appropriate treatment to remove the blockage and prevent further brain damage.

    Are you at risk for stroke? If you don’t know your blood pressure or cholesterol numbers, call Brandon Regional Hospital at (888) 327-2636. Our Consult-A-Nurse representatives can help you get in touch with a healthcare professional and provide additional information on our complete stroke care services. 

    The Women's Center at Brandon Regional Hospital

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Brandon Regional Hospital values the comfort and privacy of our patients, and The Women’s Center at our Hillsborough County facility demonstrates our focus on patient-centered care.

    This video highlights the benefits of The Women’s Center. From the moment our female patients enter The Women’s Center, our beautifully designed entrance area makes it easy for them to reach our friendly staff and check in for their medical needs. No matter the reason that brought them to our hospital, our patients receive exceptional care, including private suites for both postoperative recovery and labor and delivery. Our center is also equipped with Internet access for all patients.

    See for yourself why so many Hillsborough County patients come to The Women’s Center. Call Brandon Regional Hospital today at (888) 327-2636 for more information on our services and amenities.

    Why Are Mammograms Important?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Breast care is important for all adult women. While monthly self-examinations and yearly clinical examinations can prove useful in finding breast abnormalities, healthcare providers generally agree that all women age 40 and older should add regular mammogram screenings to their usual preventive health regimens. Brandon Regional Hospital offers safe and confidential mammogram services for our Hillsborough County patients.

    Better Diagnostic Benefits

    A significant reason why mammograms are a recommended part of breast healthcare is because of their extensive diagnostic capabilities. Both self-examinations and clinical examinations come with limitations. Only visible warning signs and substantial growths can be seen or felt with these methods. In either case, evident symptoms may indicate the presence of breast cancer that has been growing for an extended period of time. In contrast, mammograms can provide highly detailed images of breast tissue and potentially reveal smaller tumors undetectable by sight or touch.

    Earlier Detection

    Cancer care experts stress the importance of early detection. Many types of cancer can grow beyond their initial development site, and once cancer cells spread, they become more difficult to effectively eradicate from the body. Mammograms can show the presence of small abnormalities that have yet to grow beyond the breast and help cancer care experts begin treatment prior to metastasis.

    More Effective Cancer Care

    Even when breast cancer has developed beyond the breasts, cancer care experts can provide successful treatment options. If the malignancy has yet to spread to other organs and structures, though, oncology specialists may be able to address it with less aggressive measures. In many cases, early detection and diagnosis can result in more effective treatment that minimizes the need for techniques such as mastectomy that may be necessary for more advanced forms of the disease. For breast cancer patients, more effective cancer care can mean quicker recovery and return to normal life.

    Are you due for your next mammogram? Then call (888) 327-2636 to discuss your healthcare needs with a Brandon Regional Hospital Consult-A-Nurse representative. We can go over your preventive care options and refer you to one of our Hillsborough County breast health experts.

    What Is a Brain AVM?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Every part of the body, including the brain, depends on normal blood flow to and from cells for optimal health and function. In a healthy individual, arteries bring oxygenated blood to organs and veins take it away to be cleaned by the heart and lungs. Under some circumstances, though, the blood vessels that transport blood develop abnormalities that confuse the flow of blood. Specifically, a brain arteriovenous malformation forms when the blood vessels in the brain that provide oxygenated blood redirect that blood away from the organ. In some cases, an arteriovenous malformation, or AVM, can break open and bleed, which can have serious health consequences. Identifying and addressing AVMs is critical to the well-being of those with them. While noninvasive care may be appropriate in certain situations, surgical treatment is often the most effective way to address arteriovenous malformations.

    Would you like to learn more about arteriovenous malformations? Brandon Regional Hospital can help you become more informed about your neurological health. To speak with one of our Consult-A-Nurses, call (888) 327-2636. 


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