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    What Causes Dry Eyes?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Your eyes naturally produce tears from the glands located in the upper eyelids. Each time you blink, lubricating tears are distributed over the surface of your eyes. Tears help your eyes feel more comfortable and healthy. If you have a condition known as dry eyes, you may have noticed that your eyes feel scratchy or dry, or that you feel a burning sensation. Dry eyes can be attributable to a number of causes, including medical conditions and lifestyle factors.

    The ophthalmologist at your community hospital might diagnose you with eyelid problems, such as an injury to the area, which can disrupt the production of tears. Allergies and the use of certain medications can also dry out the eyes. Sometimes, dry eyes are attributable to natural changes associated with the aging process. Environmental factors can worsen your condition, such as exposure to smoke and wind. The use of air conditioners or heaters can also aggravate dry eyes.

    If you suspect you have dry eyes or another vision-related condition, consider visiting the ophthalmology department at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Residents of South Tampa and beyond can reach our community hospital by calling (813) 873-6400.

    Hear the Story of a Young Stroke Patient

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Advancing age is undoubtedly one of the risk factors of stroke. However, it’s important to note that a stroke can occur to an individual of any age—even an infant. When you watch this video, you’ll hear the story of a very young stroke survivor born with four lesions on her brain that indicated she had suffered a stroke in the womb.

    Although Rhys has had many challenges to overcome, today she is an active, happy 10-year old. She still continues with physical therapy to overcome her developmental delays caused by the stroke. As you watch this video, take note of the possible signs of seizures in infants, which can indicate a perinatal stroke. Early detection offers the best hope for healthy development.

    At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, Florida residents will find the resources of a major medical center combined with the compassion and care of a community hospital. For information about the healthcare services at our hospital, Tampa-area residents can call (813) 873-6400.

    Spotlight on Senior Nutrition: What Vitamins Do You Need?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Physicians at community hospitals recommend eating a well-balanced diet at every stage of life. As you grow older, eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and whole grains can help maintain your overall wellness and reduce the risk of chronic diseases. However, the nutritional needs of seniors do change slightly due to age because the body may not metabolize vitamins as well. For nutrition advice that is specific to your unique needs, you should consult a physician at your community hospital.

    Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is essential for the absorption of calcium, which maintains strong bones. Getting enough vitamin D has also been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease and some cancers. With age, it can be more difficult for your body to make enough vitamin D from sunlight. You can get more vitamin D in your diet by choosing dairy products that have been fortified with this vitamin. Additionally, the doctor at your local hospital may recommend taking a vitamin D supplement.

    Vitamin C

    Vitamin C is a potent antioxidant that can reduce the damage to DNA caused by free radicals. This vitamin supports the immune system, strengthens blood vessel walls, and contributes to the body’s wound healing abilities. Fruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, particularly fruits such as cantaloupe, pineapple, strawberries, cranberries, kiwi, and grapefruit. However, if you take medications, check with a doctor at your local hospital before using grapefruit. Grapefruit and grapefruit products can interact with certain drugs.

    B Vitamins

    There are several different B vitamins. For example, vitamin B2, or riboflavin, enables the body to produce energy from food. Vitamin B6, or pyridoxine, assists with maintaining stable blood sugar levels and supporting the immune system. B vitamin deficiencies are more common among seniors. You can find B vitamins in whole grains, dark, leafy veggies, and fortified cereals.

    Seniors throughout South Tampa are encouraged to take advantage of the free healthy living program available at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Our community hospital provides a spectrum of complementary services for adults 55 years and older, including health screenings, educational seminars, support groups, and exercise classes. Call our hospital at (813) 873-6400 or visit us on the Web to find out more.

    Exposing the Truth Behind Myths About Sleep

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Sleep is essential for good health. Failing to get enough restful sleep can significantly reduce quality of life. If you’re concerned that you might have a sleep disorder, consider scheduling a sleep study at a community hospital. While at the hospital, you can learn more about sleep disorders and discover the truth behind some common misconceptions about sleep.

    Myth: Sleep Doesn’t Lead to Other Health Problems

    All too often, sleep deprivation is shrugged off as a minor inconvenience that causes daytime drowsiness, but few other problems. In fact, sleep disorders can lead to serious health complications if left untreated. Failing to get enough sleep can increase your risk of high blood pressure, for example. Lack of sufficient sleep causes a disruption in the production of growth hormone secretion, which is linked to obesity. Chronic sleep deprivation can even interfere with the way in which the body normally uses insulin, which increases the risk of diabetes. Cardiovascular problems are other types of medical conditions linked to sleep disorders. Additionally, daytime drowsiness can increase the odds that you’ll suffer a serious accident and end up in the emergency department of your community hospital.

    Myth: Snoring is Harmless

    While snoring is often thought of as a nuisance, it isn’t typically considered a major medical problem. Unfortunately, snoring often does signal a serious health issue known as sleep apnea. A person with sleep apnea repeatedly stops and restarts breathing during the night, which places additional stress on the cardiovascular system. It’s critically important to seek treatment for sleep apnea at a community hospital.

    Myth: Older Adults Need Less Sleep

    Older adults often sleep less, but not because their sleep requirements have changed. Instead, their sleeping patterns are increasingly characterized by disruptions in the normal sleep cycles. Older adults who have trouble sleeping through the night can find the help they need at a sleep center.

    The Sleep Center at Memorial Hospital of Tampa offers effective treatment for a variety of sleep disorders, including insomnia, narcolepsy, and sleep apnea. Residents in South Tampa and beyond who experience sleep disorder symptoms are encouraged to work with a sleep specialist to improve their overall wellness. You can connect with our community hospital in Florida by calling (813) 873-6400 or by visiting our website.

    Are Super-Sized Portions Derailing Your Health?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    It’s all too easy to feast on oversized portions, especially if you dine out at restaurants or grab a quick lunch at the drive-thru. These super-sized meals could be contributing to an expanding waistline and subsequently, an increased risk of health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome. If you’re concerned about your dietary habits, consider scheduling a visit to a physician at your local community hospital.

    Learning about reasonable portion sizes can help you control your weight. Watch this video to see a comparison of some common portion sizes. Consider using the visualization method to measure out healthier portion sizes. For example, one serving of cooked pasta or rice is about the size of a tennis ball and one serving of poultry is about the size of a deck of cards.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa is a community hospital that offers a wealth of resources for Florida residents who are interested in leading a healthy lifestyle. Call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400 or browse our website to explore our healthy living calculators.


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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