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    The Consequences of High Blood Pressure

    Last updated 8 days ago

    When you visit your local hospital for a checkup, you can expect to have your vitals taken, including your blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, your physician may warn you that leaving it untreated places you at a higher risk of suffering health consequences. Having high blood pressure places additional strain on your blood vessels, lungs, brain, heart, and kidneys. This can eventually lead to organ and tissue damage.

    You can hear more about the effects of high blood pressure by watching this interview with a doctor at Kendall Regional Medical Center, a Miami-Dade hospital. He explains why it’s necessary to monitor blood pressure levels multiple times over the course of a day to obtain an average. He also defines white coat hypertension, which affects many patients.

    Miami-Dade residents can find the resources they need to maintain healthy blood pressure levels at Kendall Regional Medical Center. For general information about healthcare topics, you can call the Consult-A-Nurse referral line for our hospital at (305) 921-0961.

    What Is Spinal Fusion?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Your spine is comprised of multiple components, including a series of bones known as vertebrae. Spinal fusion is a type of surgical procedure that involves fusing at least two vertebrae together to prevent movement between these bones. There are many reasons why a physician at your community hospital might recommend that you consider having spinal fusion. This procedure may provide relief if you have spinal stenosis, scoliosis, disc herniation, spondylolisthesis, or a spinal injury. Generally, surgical treatment is considered if more conservative treatments have not been sufficient to relieve symptoms.

    If you’ve decided to undergo spinal fusion, you can expect to undergo a physical exam and imaging scans at your local hospital. Your physician will provide other instructions on preparing for the surgery, such as discontinuing certain medications. During the surgery, the doctor will make an incision in your neck or back. Then, he or she will use either a bone graft or a small metal cage to hold the vertebrae together as they fuse. You can expect to remain at the hospital for several days before returning home.

    The board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Kendall Regional Medical Center have extensive experience performing spinal fusions and other types of orthopedic surgeries. You can request a referral to an orthopedic surgeon by calling (305) 921-0961.

    The Truth About Common Depression Myths

    Last updated 29 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 1 month 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 1 month 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.


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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