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    What Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment Involves

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Hyperbaric oxygen treatment is used to help divers manage decompression sickness. However, hospitals often use this treatment in the care of slow-healing wounds, infections, radiation injuries, and carbon monoxide poisoning. When you undergo hyperbaric oxygen therapy at a hospital, you’ll go inside a special chamber with pressurized air. This fuels your body with pure oxygen. The oxygen enters your bloodstream at a concentration of about 10 to 20 times higher than the usual amount. This concentrated oxygen helps your tissues heal faster and supports your body’s immune system.

    During your treatment, you won’t feel any discomfort. You can relax inside the chamber, watch television, or even nap. You’ll be monitored closely throughout the course of your treatment, with a physician nearby to step in when needed. You may feel pressure within your ears as the air pressure increases and then declines; yawning, swallowing, or chewing gum can help you adjust to this.

    Residents of the South Tampa area can turn to Memorial Hospital of Tampa for the latest healthcare technologies and techniques. If you have any questions about our hyperbaric oxygen therapy or other services found at our hospital, you can call (813) 873-6400. 

    Managing Your Diabetes

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease in which your body cannot use insulin properly to regulate your blood sugar levels. The cells become deprived of their energy source and your body continues to grow progressively more resistant to the effects of insulin. Although this disease is serious, there are ways of living well with diabetes. Your first step is developing a treatment plan with help from the diabetes care team at your community hospital. You can expect to schedule regular visits to the hospital to monitor your health.

    Understand Your Condition

    Your primary care physician is an important source of information about diabetes. However, your local hospital might also offer diabetes educational classes and support groups that can help you better understand your condition. By learning more about diabetes and how to manage it, you’re more likely to avoid its serious complications, and you’ll feel healthier and more energetic each day.

    Follow Your Treatment Plan

    Although lifestyle changes are important, many people with diabetes also need to take medications. Work with your doctor and your pharmacist to learn about your medications and follow the dosage schedule precisely. Learn about the potential for interactions and how to avoid these problems. Additionally, your doctor will provide you with a schedule for testing your blood sugar, such as before and after meals. Be sure to test your blood sugar as recommended.

    Make Healthy Lifestyle Choices

    Work with a nutritionist to develop a healthy meal plan to avoid blood sugar spikes. If you lead a sedentary lifestyle, it’s time to start exercising regularly. Exercise reduces insulin resistance and enables better management of diabetes.

    Undergo Regular Screenings

    Diabetes increases your risk of numerous health complications, ranging from cardiovascular problems to eye damage. Visit your local hospital regularly for screening tests as recommended by your doctor. You should have an A1C test, cholesterol check, blood pressure evaluation, eye exam, and foot exam regularly.

    Those with diabetes in the South Tampa area can find personalized and compassionate care at Memorial Hospital of Tampa. You can work with a doctor at our hospital to learn about testing your blood sugar, taking diabetes medications, and implementing lifestyle changes. New patients are always welcome to call us at (813) 873-6400 or visit our website to learn more about the resources available at our community hospital.

    Understanding Diabetes Basics

    Last updated 4 years ago

    If you have diabetes, your body cannot make enough insulin or cannot use it properly. Insulin is a hormone produced by your pancreas. When you eat carbohydrates in foods such as potatoes and rice, your body breaks down those carbohydrates into glucose. Glucose is a type of sugar found in the bloodstream. Insulin is responsible for conducting the glucose into your body’s cells to be used as energy. Unfortunately, diabetes can interfere with this critical function.

    Watch this video to learn more about insulin and the basics of diabetes. You’ll see a helpful animation that explains the fundamentals of digestion and how your body derives energy from food.

    Memorial Hospital of Tampa is pleased to provide exceptional in-hospital and home care services for those with diabetes. Residents of the South Tampa area can reach our hospital at (813) 873-6400 or explore our website for more information

    Health Concerns for Seniors

    Last updated 4 years ago

    Seniors often have special health concerns. As you grow older, you could be at a higher risk of certain conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and injuries from falling. You can support your overall well-being by scheduling regular wellness exams at your local hospital and by exploring senior-specific resources at the hospital. For example, your community hospital might offer preventive healthcare screenings and reviews of your medications.

    Heart Disease

    Each year, countless people visit the ER at their local hospital with serious cardiac problems, such as heart attack. Talk to your doctor about whether you could be at an increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), a common type of heart disease that can lead to a heart attack. CAD occurs when plaque accumulates along the interior walls of the coronary arteries, reducing blood flow. If you’re at risk of heart disease, your doctor might recommend some lifestyle changes. Medications can help those with CAD and other forms of heart disease.

    Alzheimer’s Disease

    Alzheimer’s disease is the most commonly diagnosed type of dementia that occurs when the cells in the brain begin to die off. Although it is quite common among seniors, Alzheimer’s is not an inevitable part of aging. You can preserve your cognitive function by becoming more socially active and leading an overall healthy lifestyle. Explore resources at your community hospital, such as support groups, classes, and other events to stay socially active.

    Balance Problems

    Seniors often experience balance problems, sometimes as a side effect of medications or because of an underlying medical condition such as blood circulation problems. Balance disorders can increase the risk of injuries from falls. If you experience dizziness or problems with coordination, talk to your doctor about therapeutic treatment and home modifications that can improve your safety. You might also consider taking a tai chi class to improve your balance and muscle tone.

    At Memorial Hospital of Tampa, seniors can take advantage of our patient support resources, such as our preventive healthcare screenings, support groups, medication reviews, and classes like tai chi. The staff at our community hospital encourage seniors to become active participants in their healthcare, and to that end, all of our programs for seniors are complementary! Call our hospital in Tampa at (813) 873-6400 to reserve your place in our upcoming events!


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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