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    Tips for Getting Active for Better Heart Health

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Getting active can boost your heart health by helping you maintain a healthy weight, and regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Experts often recommend that patients find activities they enjoy to increase the chances that they’ll stick with an exercise program. Individuals with medical conditions should check with a doctor before starting a new exercise program.

    You can hear more tips for getting active by watching this interview with a doctor. This doctor explains the importance of establishing your present activity level. Once you start wearing a pedometer, for example, you can learn how many steps you take each day. Then, you can try to increase your daily steps until you average 10,000 each day.

    At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, our team is dedicated to helping families throughout South Tampa make better decisions for their well-being. Speak with a registered nurse by calling (813) 873-6400 or visit our community hospital’s website to learn more about our healthcare services.

    Who Needs Professional Nursing Care?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    When you need more help than outpatient visits can provide, yet don’t need to be hospitalized, talk to a healthcare provider at your community hospital about home care services. If your community hospital offers home care services, you can receive coordinated care within the comfort of your own home. The professionals who visit you will follow your doctor’s treatment plan. These providers may include physical therapists, nurses, behavioral health professionals, social workers, and more – depending on your unique needs.

    Many people can benefit from professional nursing care within their own homes. For example, you might be a good candidate for this type of care plan if you’re recovering from surgery. Healthcare providers can help you learn about ways of modifying your home and using assistive devices to manage the tasks of daily living. You might also need professional nursing care at home if you’re recovering from a stroke or heart attack, or if you’re undergoing cancer treatments.

    At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, South Tampa families will find a comprehensive range of professional nursing care services delivered in their own homes, including diabetic care, wound care, and so much more. To learn whether in-home professional nursing care might be right for your family, call our community hospital in Florida at (813) 873-6400.

    One Woman's Success Story with Surgical Weight Loss

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Surgical weight loss has helped many patients achieve better health and an improved quality of life. If you’re thinking about visiting a community hospital to discuss weight loss surgery, consider watching this video first. Jennifer decided it was time to take action about her health when she hit 350 pounds. She worked with a physician at Memorial Hospital of Tampa to learn more about bariatric surgery and she decided to have a laparoscopic procedure.

    In this video, Jennifer describes how weight loss surgery changed her life. She experienced a boost of self-confidence. When she was obese, she would shy away from social events. Now, she describes herself as outgoing and sociable. Jennifer offers some advice to those considering the surgery and discusses what she liked best about having her procedure at Memorial Hospital of Tampa.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa welcomes new patients considering bariatric surgery to regain their health. You can reach our community hospital at (813) 873-6400.

    What You Need to Know About Broken Bones

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Bones fulfill a number of important functions for your body. In addition to enabling movement, they protect your organs and produce red blood cells within the bone marrow. While bones are quite durable, they can break if a strong force is exerted. A fractured or broken bone requires emergency medical care at your community hospital. The physician at the community hospital will evaluate the type and severity of the fracture to determine the appropriate course of treatment.

    Types

    There are many different types of bone fractures. For example, the physician at your community hospital may diagnose you with stable fracture. This means that the broken ends of the bone have not been significantly displaced from their proper positions. An open fracture means that the bone is visible or is protruding through the skin, whereas a closed fracture indicates that the broken bone is enclosed within the skin.

    Symptoms

    In most cases, broken bones involve significant pain. You may be unable to move the affected body part or place weight on it. You’re also likely to notice bruising, swelling, and tenderness at the site. In the case of severe fractures, you may notice the affected body part appears deformed. If you have an open fracture, you may notice visible bone.

    Causes

    Bones can fracture under any circumstance in which a force is exerted against the body that is stronger than the bone. Some of the most common causes of bone fractures include car accidents, sports injuries, or other forms of trauma. Community hospital physicians also diagnose bone fractures among those with osteoporosis and those who engage in repetitive motions, which can cause compression fractures and stress fractures, respectively.

    Treatments

    The goal of treatment is to realign the broken ends of the bone and to immobilize the body part as the bone heals. It’s common for patients with a broken bone to receive a cast or brace. However, some patients require surgical realignment of the bones before receiving a cast.

    Families throughout South Tampa can receive the emergency care they need at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. Our community hospital provides 24/7 emergency medical services within comfortable treatment rooms. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911; otherwise, you can reach our community hospital in Tampa at (813) 873-6400.

    What Results Can You Expect From Weight Loss Surgery?

    Last updated 2 years ago

    When you undergo weight loss surgery at your community hospital, you can expect the procedure to be very effective at helping you reach your target weight – provided you follow your doctor’s instructions. Patient compliance is a critical factor when determining the potential success of the procedure. While the surgery itself facilitates weight loss, you must remain committed to adhering to your diet and exercise program for long-term success. It can be helpful to build a support network to aid you in your weight loss efforts before and after the surgery. You might consider working with a dietician and a physical trainer, for example, and you should enlist the support of your family and friends.

    There are a few other factors that can contribute to the results of weight loss surgery. These include your age and your overall health. How much weight you can lose overall is also dependent upon your starting weight prior to the procedure.

    Bariatric surgery patients at Memorial Hospital of Tampa can take advantage of our extensive patient support resources, including post-operative support groups at our community hospital, which can help you meet your weight loss goals. For a referral to a bariatric surgeon at our community hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (813) 873-6400.




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