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A Look at Some of the Lesser Known Symptoms of Stroke

Thanks to public awareness campaigns, many people are aware of the FAST mnemonic, which urges individuals to seek emergency care when the signs of stroke develop. FAST is an easy way to remember that a facial drooping and arm weakness on one side of the body are possible signs of stroke, as is slurred speech. However, there are several other signs of stroke that everyone should be aware of. Here at Kendall Regional Medical Center, our stroke care team urges our neighbors throughout the Miami area to be alert to these warning signs.

Symptom Onset

The neurological symptoms of a stroke develop rapidly because the brain can sustain damage very quickly once it has been deprived of oxygen. Any abrupt change in a person’s mental status or function warrants emergency care at a nearby hospital. Bear in mind that transient ischemic attack (TIA) symptoms can develop rapidly and disappear just as quickly. Even if your symptoms subside, it’s still crucial to dial 911. TIA survivors require careful medical evaluation.

Functional Impairment

It’s commonly known that stroke can cause one-sided muscle weakness, numbness, or paralysis. It may also affect a person’s balance and coordination. Stroke patients may suddenly have trouble walking and they may feel unusually dizzy. Stroke can also cause the sudden loss of vision, either in just one or both of the eyes.

Cognitive Impairment

Sudden cognitive impairment can be alarming to experience. It’s important to call for emergency care if you experience sudden confusion. You may have trouble understanding speech or you may have trouble expressing yourself verbally. If at all possible, call the emergency dispatcher from a landline, rather than a cellphone. This will help the response team pinpoint your location even if you are unable to speak.

Discomfort

The sudden, severe headache associated with stroke is often described by survivors as the worst headache they had ever had. If you develop an excruciating headache without an apparent cause, you may be suffering a stroke.

If you think you could be having a stroke, please call 911 without delay to activate an emergency care team near Miami. Kendall Regional Medical Center has been certified as a Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission and a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the State Agency for Health Care Administration. Call us at (305) 223-3000 for general information about our medical services.


Common Children's Sports Injuries

Sports are an excellent way for children to be active, learn about teamwork, and have fun. Youth sports also carry a certain amount of risk, as athletic injuries can happen at any time. In 2012, over 1.35 million young athletes visited an emergency room for sports-related injuries. Football causes the most injuries, with basketball coming in second. The majority of concussions in young athletes are also caused by football. Sprains and strains are the most common diagnoses in the ER out of all children’s sports injuries, while 249,500 young athletes suffered from fractures in 2012. Take a look at this infographic from the leaders in sports medicine near Miami to learn more about the most common injuries in young athletes, as well as a few tips for preventing them. Please share with your friends and family.


Helping Your Child Manage Asthma Symptoms

Childhood asthma commonly results in symptoms before the age of five. These can include persistent wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness. Asthma is a serious condition that can adversely affect a child’s quality of life. It may also require emergency care, such as when an asthma attack occurs. With help from the pediatrics team at Kendall Regional Medical Center, you can learn how to help your child manage asthma symptoms.

Keeping Good Records

Your child’s allergist may ask you to keep track of your child’s symptoms. Make a note of the severity of the symptoms and when they occurred. Write down whether your child was exposed to any potential asthma triggers before the symptoms developed. This information will help you reduce your child’s exposure to these triggers in the future. Some common asthma triggers include the following:

  • Exercise
  • Cold weather
  • Respiratory infections
  • Cigarette smoke
  • Pet dander
  • Pollen, dust mites, and other allergens

Managing Medications

In addition to helping your child avoid asthma triggers, you can keep careful track of his or her medications. Your child’s asthma management plan may include the use of nebulizer solutions, metered-dose inhalers, or dry powder inhalers. Some oral medications can also be helpful. The pediatrician will give you instructions for administering these medications. Remember to keep your child’s rescue inhaler available at all times to manage asthma attacks. If your child attends daycare or school or is under the supervision of other caregivers, make sure these individuals understand how and when to administer your child’s asthma medications.

Encouraging Safe Exercise

Children are encouraged to be physically active every day, yet kids with asthma need to take some extra precautions. Make sure your child follows the pediatrician’s guidance with regard to exercise. He or she shouldn’t exercise until the asthma symptoms are under control. Your child may also need to modify his or her preferred activities.

Pediatric emergency care is just one of the many services you’ll find at Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our pediatrics team in Miami includes respiratory therapists, pediatric intensivists, and clinical pharmacists. For further information about our children’s services or to request a referral, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 223-3000.


Reasons to Sign up for a Childbirth Class

Labor and delivery are natural transitions in many women’s lives. Although your body knows what to do on the big day, it’s perfectly normal to experience some anxiety about childbirth. Attending childbirth classes at the women’s services department of Kendall Regional Medical Center can help you learn what to expect.

Labor Information

Patient education is always crucial, but it is particularly important as it concerns maternity and newborn care. During a childbirth class, you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and share your concerns. You’ll have access to a wealth of important information, such as how to recognize the signs and stages of labor, how to breathe during contractions, and how to create a birth plan. You’ll also explore your options for pain management, which may include massage, relaxation techniques, and an epidural.

Maternity Tour

During your pregnancy, you’ll need to choose where you’d like to give birth. Childbirth education classes typically include a tour of the maternity department. You’ll be able to ask questions about the hospital’s routine practices, what you should bring with you to the hospital, and whether you can pre-register.

Partner Support

Another good reason to sign up for childbirth classes is that they’re a way for your partner to learn how to support you during labor and delivery. Even if your partner or birth coach has previously attended the birth of a child, each birth is unique and it never hurts to be thoroughly prepared.

Newborn Care

First-time parents and current parents alike can benefit from brushing up on newborn care. With so many aspects of your baby’s health to keep track of, these types of childbirth classes are invaluable. You can learn about vaccination recommendations and childproof the home. You’ll learn which problems require a trip to the ER and which can wait for an appointment with the pediatrician.

Kendall Regional Medical Center looks forward to helping expectant parents welcome their little ones into the world. Our maternity services for Miami-area families include a suite of childbirth education and newborn care classes, such as infant CPR, breastfeeding, and car seat safety. You can direct questions about our women’s services and pediatrics to a registered nurse at (305) 223-3000.


Knowing Where to Go for Immediate Medical Care

At first blush, it may seem obvious to patients that they ought to go to the ER when they need immediate medical care. Yet, it’s crucial to know exactly where to go for emergency care depending on the situation. Kendall Regional Medical Center is a full-service hospital with emergency care services for patients with all sorts of urgent health problems.

When to Call 911

If you or someone else is experiencing a potentially life-threatening health problem, you shouldn’t try to drive to the nearest emergency care department. Instead, call 911 and let the emergency dispatcher know your exact location and the nature of your emergency. Some examples of potentially life-threatening health emergencies include heart attack or stroke symptoms, anaphylactic shock, severe internal trauma, and traumatic amputation. Depending on your specific health emergency, the response team may take you to a trauma center or burn center for specialized care.

When to Go to the ER

For non-life-threatening medical emergencies, it may be acceptable to go to the ER rather than calling for an ambulance. However, it’s generally best to avoid driving yourself there because this can jeopardize your own safety as well as the safety of others sharing the roadways. For instance, you can have someone drive you to the ER if you think you may have broken a bone. Other emergencies include suicidal thoughts and other psychiatric crises, severe food poisoning, and moderate to severe dehydration.

Where to Bring a Child

If your child has a non-life-threatening emergency, you can bring him or her to the ER instead of calling 911. However, you may wish to take a few minutes to look up the directions to a pediatric ER near you. Children aren’t “little adults;” they have their own unique health issues. Going to a pediatric ER ensures that your child will receive the specialized care he or she needs.

Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to serve families throughout the Miami area with comprehensive emergency care services. Our community hospital features a pediatric ER, outpatient burn center, and level II trauma center. To request a referral, patients with non-emergent conditions can call (305) 223-3000.


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