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    The Truth About Common Depression Myths

    Last updated 8 days ago

    Depression is a complex and serious disorder that can affect your quality of life as well as your physical health. Learning the truth about depression is an important part of understanding how this condition can be treated successfully. As part of the comprehensive hospital services we offer, Kendall Regional Medical Center also provides behavioral health care in the Miami-Dade area.

    Depression Is In Your Head

    Many people feel that feelings of depression, even when they become severe or debilitating, are “only in their head.” They may feel they are simply weak or “crazy,” rather than legitimately ill. However, depression is a recognized disorder with various treatment options. The first step in seeking successful treatment for depression is to obtain a diagnosis from your physician or a mental healthcare provider.

    Depression Treatment Is for Life

    Oftentimes, people fear that the only solution for depression means taking medication or undergoing therapy for the rest of their life. However, the ideal treatment for depression focuses on the use of medication and therapy as short-term rather than long-term solutions. In most cases, medication and other treatments are pursued for a period of time, after which they can be discontinued.

    Depression Is Treated with Antidepressants

    While antidepressant medication can be an important part of an overall depression treatment plan, simply taking medication will not solve the underlying problem. Today, physicians understand that the best treatment for depression utilizes a combination of medication and psychotherapy to treat both the symptoms and underlying cause of depression.

    If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, Kendall Regional Medical Center is here to help. We offer understanding and individualized treatment for depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and more in our 23-bed acute inpatient treatment facility, which is part of our larger Miami-Dade hospital. You can get the answers to your questions about mental health or obtain a physician referral by calling (305) 921-0961, or visit our website for more in-depth information about our behavioral health services.

    Controllable and Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Stroke

    Last updated 20 days ago

    A stroke disrupts blood flow to the brain, depriving the tissues of much-needed oxygen and other nutrients. When a stroke occurs, immediate treatment at a hospital is necessary to restore proper blood flow and reduce long-term effects. Understanding your risk factors for stroke and how you can minimize them can reduce your chances of developing this serious condition.

    Controllable Risk Factors for Stroke

    Many of the risk factors for stroke can be minimized or even eliminated to reduce the chances of having a stroke. Some of the most common controllable risk factors for stroke include weight, diet, physical fitness, and smoking. Controlling your weight through diet and exercise will lower your blood pressure and improve your heart health, reducing your risk for stroke. Quitting a smoking habit at any age will also reduce your risk of stroke by improving heart health and lowering the likelihood of blood clots. Other health concerns that raise your risk for stroke include diabetes, atrial fibrillation, sickle cell disease, high blood pressure, and other forms of heart disease. Working with your Miami-Dade physician to manage your health when you suffer from these conditions will further reduce the risk that they will contribute to a stroke.

    Uncontrollable Risk Factors for Stroke

    Some of the risk factors for stroke cannot be changed or controlled. These risk factors include age, sex, race, and family history. Individuals over the age of 55 are at a higher risk for stroke than younger adults. Additionally, women are more likely to experience a stroke than men. African-Americans have a higher overall risk of stroke than Caucasians. Finally, if you have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, or stroke, you may be at a higher risk for these conditions as well.

    Do you have questions about heart disease, stroke, and minimizing your risk factors in the Miami-Dade area? Call Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Consult-A-Nurse hotline today at (305) 921-0961 for health information or a physician referral. You can also find out more about your health by perusing our online health library. 

    All About Bone Density Testing

    Last updated 23 days ago

    More than 200 million people across the globe suffer from osteoporosis, which causes a loss of bone density that can lead to a higher incidence of fractures, chronic pain, and loss of mobility. Bone density testing is used to determine the density of your bones to diagnose or monitor osteoporosis. A bone density test is also called a DEXA test, which stands for dual energy X-ray absorptiometry. During this test, your physician will use an X-ray scanner to image areas of your skeleton such as the forearm, hip, spine, finger, or heel. In some cases, your physician may request a full-body scan. A bone density test at your hospital is completely painless and takes only a few minutes to complete. You will be asked to lie down while the X-ray is taken; you may also be asked to hold your breath. The results of your test are typically available within a few days.

    Kendall Regional Medical Center offers DEXA testing and osteoporosis treatment in our state-of-the-art Miami-Dade hospital complex. We invite you to call us today at (305) 921-0961 for a physician referral, or visit our website for additional information about our hospital services.

    What Every Woman Should Know About Mammograms

    Last updated 28 days ago

    Breast cancer affects one in every eight women and is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States. A mammogram is a safe and effective screening test that can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is at its most treatable. Kendall Regional Medical Center encourages you to check out our online pre-registration and scheduling options to make scheduling your mammogram at our hospital easier than ever before.

    Benefits of Mammograms

    The main benefit of receiving regular mammograms is the potential to catch breast cancer in its earliest stages. When caught earlier, breast cancers are smaller and can be more successfully removed using less invasive methods. Catching breast cancer when it is small also increases the chances that a woman can keep her breasts without the need for a mastectomy. Because breast cancer is not painful and may not cause noticeable changes in the breasts until it is quite advanced, early detection via mammography can greatly increase the chances of a successful outcome following treatment. The regular use of mammography has reduced the risk of breast cancer-related death in women by 25-30%.

    Guidelines for Mammograms

    Most women should begin scheduling annual mammograms when they reach the age of 40. If you are at a higher risk for breast cancer, your physician may suggest receiving your first mammogram at a younger age. Choosing a hospital that offers digital mammography will improve the outcome of your test by delivering a clearer picture of your breast tissue, reducing false negatives and positives. It’s important to keep in mind that mammograms are only part of a comprehensive breast cancer detection regimen. Performing monthly self-exams and receiving a yearly breast exam from your regular physician still play an important role in the detection of breast cancer.

    The Women’s Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center offers digital mammography for screening and diagnostic purposes. Check us out on the Web to find out more about breast cancer and other pertinent health topics, or call (305) 921-0961 for more information about mammography in Miami-Dade.

    Act F.A.S.T. to Spot a Stroke

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Strokes are a serious medical emergency during which blood flow to the brain is interrupted. The longer blood flow is blocked, the more tissue damage can occur, affecting memory, cognition, movement, and quality of life. Because time is of the essence with regard to stroke treatment, learning to spot a stroke will tell you when emergency care at your Miami-Dade hospital is necessary. The F.A.S.T. method, developed by the American Stroke Association, is a set of symptoms associated with stroke that signal the need for hospital care. The symptoms of F.A.S.T. are facial drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. If you notice that a friend or loved one cannot smile evenly, cannot hold both arms up without one drooping, or cannot repeat a simple sentence, it’s time to seek emergency help. The sooner a stroke victim receives care at a hospital emergency center, the faster, easier, and more complete his recovery will be.

    The Emergency Department at Kendall Regional Medical Center is here to provide fast, effective care for strokes, heart attacks, illnesses, and trauma. You can find out more about our Miami-Dade-area emergency services on the Web or by calling (305) 921-0961.


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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