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    Today is Global Handwashing Day!

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Did you know that today is Global Handwashing Day? Remember, washing your hands is not only important to your own health, but your family's as well.

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    Last updated 4 years ago

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! Join us in showing support by wearing pink throughout the month!

    Is Weight Loss Surgery Is Right for You?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Weight problems can often take a person by surprise. A few months of poor eating habits, sporadic exercise, and sedentary work activities can transform an otherwise healthy person into an individual who suffers from being overweight or obese. Once the weight is present, it can prove far more difficult to lose it. HCA West Florida offers bariatric surgery options for West Florida residents who suffer from serious weight concerns. If you suffer from any of the following signs, contact HCA West Florida for more information.

    Having a Body Mass Index Over 30

    Body mass index is a measurement that determines overweight and obesity conditions. This number takes into consideration a person’s weight and height. If the resulting BMI is more than 30, the individual is obese. For many types of weight loss surgeries, a body mass index of 30 or higher can qualify most potential candidates.

    Suffering from Weight-Related Health Conditions

    Individuals with a BMI under 30 can still qualify for bariatric surgery. Key to determining eligibility is knowing if a potential patient has a condition that weight loss surgery could help to alleviate. If a physician decides that a person is at high risk for a heart attack or stroke due to his weight problems, bariatric surgery might be the most immediate option to combat this danger. Weight loss surgery can also help to facilitate healthier lifestyles for individuals with type 2 diabetes. Even those with obstructive sleep apnea could qualify for this procedure.

    Failing to Lose Sufficient Weight with Other Methods

    Doctors stress the importance of healthy eating and regular exercising for weight loss and weight maintenance. Yet some individuals may not be able to reach a healthy weight even when they adhere to these recommendations. In such cases, weight loss surgery can provide the results that more conservative methods cannot.

    Could bariatric surgery be the right weight loss method for you? To discuss your weight concerns with a bariatric weight loss specialist, call HCA West Florida at (877) 442-2362. 

    What Is Bipolar Disorder?

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Bipolar disorder is a form of mental illness that causes divergent behavioral issues. The name of this condition stems from the fluctuating manic and depressive episodes that sufferers tend to experience. Though individuals with bipolar disorder may go many months or even years without a manic or depressive episode, when they do suffer from mania or depression, it can wreak substantial consequences on their daily lives. The erratic, rash, and sometimes dangerous behavior of those with bipolar disorder can put at risk their personal relationships, professional achievements, and financial security. However, behavioral health experts can offer bipolar disorder sufferers the treatment they need to successfully manage their episodes. With medication, therapy, or a combination of these measures, patients can control their condition and enjoy fulfilling lives.

    The hospitals of HCA West Florida offer effective treatment solutions for bipolar disorder sufferers. We provide behavioral health services at multiple locations, including Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, and Brandon Regional Hospital. Call (877) 442-2362 today to speak with an associate about setting up a consultation with one of our behavioral health specialists.

    Understanding Heart Disease

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Did you know that heart disease claims the lives of more Americans than any other cause of death? Watch this video that goes over the signs and symptoms of a heart attack to learn how you can determine if you’re having a heart attack.

    Heart disease often develops from a buildup of plaque on the arterial walls. This plaque is typically made up of cholesterol and fat, which harden on the arteries, making it more difficult for them to supply oxygen-rich blood to the heart. In some cases, plaque may even break off from the arterial walls and cause a blockage of blood, which can lead to a heart attack. As the cardiovascular system weakens, and the heart is progressively less able to move oxygenated blood through the body, sufferers may feel chest pain or faintness.

    Do you know your heart disease risk factors? To find a primary care physician near you, call HCA West Florida at (877) 442-2362.

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