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    What Are the Different Types of Depression?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Many people suffering from depression try to cope with their symptoms on their own. However, depression is a serious mental health problem that requires compassionate treatment by a professional at a community hospital. If you feel you could be suffering from one of the many types of depression, reach out to your community hospital today to learn about your treatment options. The mental health specialists at your hospital may diagnose you with one of the following types of depression.

    Major Depression

    Major depression, or clinical depression, is defined as persistent, intense symptoms that interfere with normal functioning and are present daily for at least two weeks. Major depression can involve a range of emotional symptoms, such as feelings of worthlessness, thoughts of suicide or death, and the loss of interest in activities and social connections. Major depression often causes physical symptoms, such as sudden and significant weight loss or gain, in addition to insomnia or hypersomnia, impaired concentration, and slowed movements.

    Dysthymia

    Dysthymia is often referred to as low-grade depression. It involves symptoms similar to those found in people with major depression; however, the symptoms are typically milder. Unlike major depression, the symptoms tend to last for a much longer time – at least two years. Sometimes those with dysthymia experience episodes of major depression.

    Postpartum Depression

    After bringing a new baby home from the hospital, many mothers experience the baby blues. This is perfectly normal. However, if symptoms do not diminish within a few weeks, or if they become worse, new moms should go back to the hospital to discuss the possibility of postpartum depression. Postpartum depression can involve symptoms such as insomnia, mood swings, lack of energy, and the lack of interest in the baby.

    The compassionate mental health providers of Memorial Hospital of Tampa take a team approach to creating individualized treatment plans for those suffering from depression and other mental illnesses. For those who require inpatient care, our community hospital provides a secure 32-bed unit staffed by caring professionals. For a referral to a mental health professional, residents throughout Tampa can call our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.

    Understanding the Dangers of Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you’ve been experiencing excessive daytime sleepiness and your partner informs you that you frequently snore loudly, you may wish to consider visiting a sleep center at your community hospital. These are symptoms of sleep apnea, a condition that can lead to serious complications. Fortunately, by working with a sleep specialist at your community hospital, you can manage your condition and reduce your risk of complications.

    Weight Gain

    The connection between sleep apnea and weight gain appears to be a two-way street. Individuals who are overweight or obese are more likely to visit a community hospital because of sleep apnea, since the fatty deposits can obstruct respiration. However, failure to get enough restful sleep at night can also lead to weight gain because it imbalances hormone levels, triggering hunger.

    Hypertension

    The hormonal imbalances caused by sleep apnea can also contribute to high blood pressure, or hypertension. Additionally, the low blood oxygen levels in people with sleep apnea can contribute to high blood pressure. Fortunately, receiving treatment for sleep apnea at a community hospital may help manage blood pressure levels.

    Heart Disease

    High blood pressure contributes to cardiovascular problems such as heart disease. Sleep apnea can increase your risk of heart disease in another way, however. Because of the interference with the flow of oxygen, the brain cannot as easily maintain the blood flow in the arteries and heart. Individuals with sleep apnea have a higher risk of suffering heart attacks in the middle of the night. Sleep apnea is also associated with a higher risk of atrial fibrillation and stroke.

    The accredited Diagnostic Sleep Center at Memorial Hospital of Tampa provides state-of-the-art sleep disorder diagnostics and treatments. If you suspect you could have sleep apnea or another sleep disorder, call our hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400 for a referral to a sleep specialist. We also invite Tampa-area residents to visit our community hospital on the Web for additional healthcare information.

    Spotting the Signs of a Heart Attack

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Many people know that if they experience a crushing pain in the center of their chest, they should go to the hospital. But did you know that a heart attack can cause more subtle symptoms, such as nausea and lightheadedness? Sometimes, patients may not experience chest pain with a heart attack. Discomfort of the back, jaw, neck, stomach, and arms can occur instead of or in addition to chest pain.

    You can learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack by watching this video. You’ll hear several patients’ stories about the symptoms they experienced that prompted them to seek emergency care at a community hospital.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa provides a comprehensive range of heart care services, including chest pain response and advanced diagnostic imaging. If you think you could be having a heart attack, please call 911; otherwise, contact our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.

    Spotlight on the Vitamin Needs of Seniors

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Individuals of all ages need a certain amount of vitamins and other nutrients. However, as you grow older, your body may not be able to absorb certain vitamins as readily. Visit your community hospital to talk to your doctor about your changing nutritional requirements. Your community hospital offers educational events specifically for healthy aging.

    Vitamin D

    Vitamin D is essential for seniors because it works with calcium to keep your bones strong. This lowers your risk of osteoporosis or helps you manage the condition if you already have it, which means you can reduce your risk of suffering a fall. Since it’s difficult to get enough vitamin D from the sunlight and from food sources, the doctor at your hospital may recommend taking a vitamin D supplement.

    Vitamin B12

    Every cell in your body needs vitamin B12. Seniors may be at a higher risk of becoming deficient in vitamin B12 because the body may not absorb it as well. You’re also at a higher risk if you’re a vegetarian or vegan, since vitamin B12 is primarily found in animal products.  If you do have dietary restrictions, talk to your doctor about a vitamin B12 supplement. Giving your body enough of this essential vitamin can prevent symptoms of deficiency, such as confusion, hallucinations, and agitation.

    Vitamin K

    Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin that plays important roles in bone health and blood-clotting. Researchers have found that many seniors do not get the recommended amounts of vitamin K, which may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures. Before increasing the amount of vitamin K you get; however, talk to your doctor. Certain patients may need to restrict their levels of vitamin K, such as those taking warfarin.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa is a community hospital dedicated to improving quality of life for seniors throughout Tampa. Among our many hospital services, we provide a free program for seniors to improve health, including free screenings, support groups, cafeteria discounts, and much more. Visit our community hospital’s website to view the full list of benefits for seniors or call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400 to speak with a registered nurse.

    Reasons Your Doctor May Order an Upper Endoscopy

    Last updated 3 years ago

    An upper endoscopy is a procedure that enables the physician to examine the upper part of the digestive tract. This includes the esophagus, stomach, and duodenum, which is the first section of the small intestine. If you visit your hospital’s emergency room with suspected upper digestive system bleeding, your doctor will likely order an upper endoscopy. In most cases, however, this procedure is done on an outpatient basis.

    An upper endoscopy may be recommended for patients who complain of nausea, vomiting, heartburn, and swallowing problems. It may also be used for those with chest pain or abdominal pain. In some cases, an upper endoscopy can be used to treat conditions as well as diagnose them. For example, the doctor can identify polyps and remove them in the same procedure. The doctor can also remove stuck objects from the esophagus.

    Families throughout Tampa can turn to Memorial Hospital of Tampa, a community-oriented hospital, for a full spectrum of healthcare services. For general questions about our hospital, call (813) 873-6400.




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