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    Learn More About the Dangers of Smoking

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. While there are many possible causes of lung cancer, smoking is by far the leading cause. When you watch this public service announcement, you may find yourself inspired to quit smoking with the help of a physician at your community hospital.

    This interview with Rose, a former smoker, highlights just a few of the many health problems that smoking can cause. Rose was about to undergo surgery for extensive plaque buildup in both legs when it was discovered that she had lung cancer. Later, she was found to have two tumors in her brain. Undergoing multiple surgeries, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy inspired Rose to urge other individuals to quit smoking and get healthy.

    If you or a loved one is trying to quit smoking, consider learning about treatment options with help from the caring physicians at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. You can reach the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our community hospital in Florida by calling (813) 873-6400.

    How Depression Affects Women

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Depression can affect anyone. However, it often affects people in different ways. Women, for example, often experience different symptoms of depression than men do. Depression in women may also have different underlying causes and contributing factors as compared to depression in men. If you or a loved one is experiencing depression or another mental health disorder, you can find the help you need at your community hospital. A mental health professional at your community hospital can help you sort through your treatment options.

    Common Psychological Symptoms

    Men and women do experience some of the same symptoms of depression. For example, they might visit their community hospital with psychological symptoms such as persistent sadness, feelings of hopelessness, and suicidal thoughts. However, women with depression tend to harbor feelings of worthlessness, guilt, self-blame, anxiety, and fear. They may feel apathetic and they may doubt their own abilities.

    Typical Physical Symptoms

    Mental health professionals at community hospitals often treat patients who experience physical symptoms of depression. Whereas men may lose their appetites, lose weight, and sleep fewer hours, women tend to experience the opposite symptoms because they tend to eat more, particularly carbohydrates. Other physical signs of depression include fatigue, headaches, general muscle aches, and digestive problems.

    Possible Causes

    Depression among women can have a number of causes, including underlying medical problems such as hypothyroidism. New mothers may suffer from postpartum depression, which is a severe condition that requires treatment at a community hospital. Additionally, women are prone to depression because of hormonal fluctuations associated with menstruation, pregnancy, perimenopause, and menopause.

    The Adult Behavioral Health unit at Memorial Hospital of Tampa provides comprehensive care for those suffering from depression, anxiety, phobias, chronic pain, and many other health issues. All of the team members at our community hospital pride themselves on offering compassionate care that is personalized to meet each patient’s unique needs. Residents throughout the South Tampa area can call (813) 873-6400 or visit us online to explore the resources available at our community hospital.

    Exploring Non-Cancerous Breast Conditions

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Healthcare providers strongly advise women to visit their community hospitals to undergo screening mammograms, usually beginning at the age of 40. While this community hospital service is essential for detecting breast cancer in its early stages, not every abnormality of the breasts involves cancerous changes. Many women are diagnosed with non-cancerous, or benign, breast conditions such as fibrosis, cysts, and adenosis. If you’ve been diagnosed with a breast abnormality, a physician at your local hospital can help you learn what it means for your health.


    Fibrosis is one of the non-cancerous breast conditions that may cause breast lumps. If you have fibrosis, it means that fibrous tissue has formed within the breasts. Areas of fibrosis may feel hard, rubbery, or firm. You do not need to undergo any particular treatment as fibrosis is not dangerous.


    In addition to fibrosis, some women develop simple cysts of the breasts. Cysts are round lumps that are movable. They consist of fluid-filled sacs. You might notice that these lumps become bigger and increasingly tender before your menstrual period. When you visit a physician at your local hospital because of breast cysts, you can expect to undergo needle aspiration. This enables the healthcare provider to confirm that the lump is not cancerous and it can alleviate the discomfort. If your cysts are particularly painful, you may opt to have them removed. However, be aware that they can recur.


    Adenosis, or adenosis tumor, refers to the enlargement of the breast lobules. This condition may be detectable during a breast exam. Since the doctor at your local hospital will be unable to discern whether the lump is caused by adenosis, cancer, or another condition, you may be asked to undergo diagnostic tests such as a mammogram and a biopsy.

    Women throughout Tampa can receive comprehensive breast care at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Our community hospital prides itself on offering sophisticated diagnostic techniques and extensive patient education. If you would like to speak with a registered nurse, you may call our hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse line at (813) 873-6400.

    A Look at Wound Treatment Options

    Last updated 3 years ago

    For most people, a minor wound equals minor concern. However, some people struggle with slow healing wounds such as diabetic ulcers and post-operative infections. If your wound isn’t healing the way it should, see a physician at your community hospital right away. The physician may refer you to a specialist at the hospital’s wound care center, who can help you learn about your treatment options.


    Debridement is often the first step toward addressing a slow healing wound. At the hospital’s wound care center, the physician can remove dead tissue and foreign bodies from the site. Debridement may be performed more than once. This process helps the wound begin to heal. Additionally, debridement can help the physician detect other potential problems that can hinder healing, such as deep tissue infections.

    Wound Dressings

    After debridement, the wound care specialist can apply medications and wound dressings that encourage healing. For most chronic wounds, physicians may use a moisture-retentive dressing. It’s important to carefully follow your doctor’s instructions regarding when you should change the dressing and how to do so properly.

    Skin Grafts

    You may be a good candidate to receive skin grafts at your local hospital to resolve your slow healing wound. Skin grafts may consist of human skin grafts or bio-engineered skin grafts. These are particularly ideal for diabetic foot ulcers that do not respond to other treatment measures. After receiving a skin graft, you’re likely to find that the healing process is accelerated.

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

    Your community hospital may offer hyperbaric oxygen therapy, another type of treatment for chronic wounds. This involves the administration of pure oxygen within a pressurized chamber. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy can encourage the healing of wounds by stimulating blood circulation to the area of injury.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa is pleased to provide sophisticated wound treatment options to families throughout South Tampa, including skin grafts, advanced wound dressings, and hyperbaric oxygen therapy. At our community hospital, we regularly treat slow healing wounds, including diabetic ulcers, venous stasis ulcers, and radiation burns. Call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400 and let us know how we can restore you to wellness.

    What to Expect During a Colonoscopy

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you visit your community hospital because of digestive problems, such as rectal bleeding, your physician may recommend a colonoscopy. This common diagnostic procedure is also recommended as a routine screening test for adults of a certain age. The physician at your community hospital will provide you with extensive instructions to prepare for the exam. It’s essential to follow these instructions carefully; otherwise, the results of the colonoscopy may not be as accurate.


    Following your preparation at home to cleanse the colon, you’ll arrive at the community hospital. You'll be asked to change into a hospital gown. The physician will administer a sedative, which may be taken orally or it may be administered intravenously. The sedative will prevent you from feeling discomfort during the exam. You may also have fluids delivered intravenously. A monitor may be used to check your vital signs during the procedure.


    You’ll lie on your back or on your left side as the doctor inserts the colonoscope into your rectum and through the colon. The colonoscope is equipped with a light and a tiny camera to allow the physician to evaluate the lining of the colon. The physician may also pump air into the colon to inflate it, enabling a better view. If the doctor detects abnormalities, he or she may insert instruments through the tube of the colonoscope to remove tissue samples. Additionally, polyps, or growths, may be removed in this manner.


    You may be asked to remain at the community hospital for a little while following the exam. This is to allow the effects of the sedative to diminish. You’ll need to have someone else drive you home and you should plan to rest for the remainder of the day.

    The caring physicians at the Endoscopy Center of Memorial Hospital of Tampa strive to make your appointment as pleasant as possible. Our community hospital provides sedatives prior to endoscopy procedures to help our South Tampa patients feel more comfortable. If you have questions about your upcoming colonoscopy, call our community hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.


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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