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Understanding STEMI Time

When you become a patient of a heart care specialist, you may hear some unfamiliar medical terminology such as “STEMI time.” Here at Kendall Regional Medical Center, our heart care team works one-on-one with patients and their family caregivers to ensure that there is never any confusion about what certain medical conditions mean or which treatments are recommended.

Defining STEMI

A heart attack occurs when blood flow to a section of the heart muscle is mostly or entirely obstructed due to blockages in the coronary arteries. When the heart is deprived of oxygenated blood, the cells begin to die. This can lead to death. STEMI is a specific type of heart attack. STEMI refers to ST-elevation myocardial infarction. It is the result of a complete obstruction of a coronary artery. In contrast, a non-STEMI heart attack occurs when a coronary artery is mostly, but not completely blocked.

Calculating STEMI Time

STEMI time refers to the length of time from when the heart is deprived of blood to when the blood flow is restored to the heart. The sooner blood flow is restored; the better chance the patient has of surviving a heart attack. STEMI heart attacks can be particularly deadly if not treated promptly. The national benchmark for STEMI times at heart care hospitals is 90 minutes. This STEMI time was established by several medical organizations. Of course, restoring blood flow even quicker than this is certainly preferable.

Identifying STEMI Treatments

STEMI and non-STEMI heart attacks should be treated differently. For patients with non-STEMI heart attacks, the preferred treatment method is generally the rapid administration of clot-busting medications. However, mechanical or surgical intervention is the preferred approach for STEMI heart attacks. Heart care teams must be ready to rapidly perform percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) within 90 minutes of the heart attack. This approach mechanically opens the coronary artery to restore blood flow.

The Heart and Vascular Institute at Miami’s Kendall Regional Medical Center is committed to saving lives and improving the outcomes of our patients. Our Emergency Department team and heart care specialists coordinate life-saving interventions, which translates to an average STEMI time that is well below the national benchmark. Please call 911 immediately if you think you’re having a heart attack; non-emergent patients may direct general inquiries about our medical services to (888) 256-7719.


Tips for Promoting a Safe Environment in the Workplace

Given the sheer amount of time that most workers spend in the workplace, safety is the utmost priority. All workplaces have hidden hazards, whether they are in an office building, construction zone, or restaurant. Ideally, employers and employees can work together to identify hazards and develop preventive solutions. But when emergency care is required for a workplace injury, employees can turn to Kendall Regional Medical Center for rapid assessment and treatment.

Preventing Repetitive Strain Injuries

Repetitive strain injuries are quite common in the workplace. These include carpal tunnel syndrome and tenosynovitis. Workers that may be at a high risk of repetitive strain injuries include computer workers, cash register operators, assembly line workers and construction workers. To prevent these injuries, it can be helpful to intersperse different activities into the work day. For example, library workers could spend a couple of hours putting away materials, followed by some time behind the reference desk. Taking stretching breaks throughout the day and adjusting the workspace so that it is ergonomically designed are other effective strategies.

Preventing Fall Injuries

Falls from elevations are particularly serious. These can be prevented by following proper safety guidelines, such as installing and using scaffolding correctly. Debris on the floor and wet areas from spilled liquids can also lead to fall-related injuries. Employees can reduce the risk of fall-related injuries by keeping their work areas clear and clean.

Reducing Noise Exposure

Damage from noise exposure is often underestimated. Unfortunately, noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) can be permanent. It may occur when a worker is exposed to loud noises for a prolonged period of time or it may occur after intensely loud, short bouts of noise. Workers who use loud power tools or those who are exposed to loud noises in other ways should be provided with proper ear protection. It’s also a good idea for these individuals to get a hearing test periodically.

In the event that a worker does require emergency care in the Miami area, the Emergency Department at Kendall Regional Medical Center is available 24/7. We also provide orthopedic surgeries and rehabilitation services to help our patients get back on their feet quickly. Call 911 if you have a medical emergency; otherwise, you can reach our community hospital at (888) 256-7719.


How to Treat Colic in Your Newborn

Colic is a distressing issue for parents; it’s heartbreaking to watch a newborn cry for no apparent reason, and babies with colic are challenging to console. Colic is defined as excessive periods of crying for at least a few weeks. Other than to soothe the newborn, there is little parents can do except simply wait it out. However, since crying could indicate other health issues, it’s always a good idea to share your concerns with the women’s services and newborn care providers at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Feeding

After ruling out other possible causes of colic, the pediatrician might recommend changes to the infant’s feeding routine. If the baby is being fed formula, switching to a different, pediatrician-recommended formula may help. Be sure to warm the bottle up appropriately before feeding the baby. Additionally, parents can try switching to a different type of bottle with a smaller hole in the nipple. If the baby is being breastfed, the mother might try changing her diet to exclude cow’s milk, eggs, peanuts, wheat, soy, fish, and tree nuts. Be sure to hold your child upright during feedings and pause to burp your baby. Some infants cry less with more frequent, yet smaller feedings. You can also try letting the baby feed at one breast until it’s depleted before switching to the other breast. This allows the baby access to the hindmilk, which is richer and fattier than the foremilk.

Mobilization

Gentle movement can help soothe your baby when he or she is crying. Rock your baby gently in your arms or use an age-appropriate infant swing. Wear your baby in an approved infant sling next to your body while you go for a walk or do various chores. Some babies are soothed by the motions of a car ride.

Soothing

In addition to gentle movement, other methods of soothing your baby include using background noise. You can use a white noise machine in the nursery or simply turn on a fan. Try offering your baby a pacifier or swaddle him or her. The maternity nurses can show you the proper swaddling technique.

For unparalleled maternity and newborn care in Miami, your family can trust Kendall Regional Medical Center. Our women’s services providers offer personalized, compassionate care within our newly remodeled labor and delivery suites. You can direct general questions about our maternity services to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 256-7719.


What Can You Do to Celebrate Men's Health Month with the Special Men in Your Life?

During the month of June, Men’s Health Month is the perfect opportunity to encourage husbands, fathers, and grandfathers to get proactive about their wellness. You can look for events near you, such as health fairs and physical fitness demonstrations. Or, devise your own strategies for helping the special men in your life make healthy choices. When men need specialized medical care such as heart care or robotic surgery, they can turn to Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Support Smoking Cessation

Its common knowledge that smoking is a leading cause of preventable death, but quitting is incredibly hard. If your husband is a smoker, he’ll need plenty of support from you as he works to kick the habit. Use encouraging language when discussing his efforts and offer helpful suggestions as needed. Offer to go with him to a support group or to a doctor’s appointment to discuss smoking cessation medications and other methods.

Promote Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is especially enjoyable when it’s a family activity. Invite your father to go for a Sunday afternoon bicycle ride with you or ask your husband to choose a physical fitness class for both of you to take. If you have children, get them involved in fitness activities like playing basketball in the driveway or going out to the batting cages for some swinging practice.

Be Aware of Depressive Symptoms

Depression affects both men and women, yet men may be less likely to seek help for depressive symptoms. Be on the lookout for unusual changes in the men in your life, such as excessive time spent at work and withdrawal from social activities. Fatigue, irritability, and even anger can all indicate depression. Some men are reluctant to discuss their challenges. Start a conversation with an observation such as, “It seems like you’ve been having a difficult time lately. Is there anything I can do to help?” Let him know that there’s nothing shameful about seeking treatment and that it can greatly improve quality of life.

Kendall Regional Medical Center provides a full array of preventive wellness services for men and women in Miami. Browse our website to explore our heart care and sports medicine services. Or, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 256-7719 to request a referral to a physician.


Helpful Strategies for Living with an Anxiety Disorder

If you or someone you love is living with an anxiety disorder, you are not alone. This increasingly common behavioral health problem is associated with everything from insomnia to panic attacks that require emergency care. The good news is that help is available, and there are many things you can to take control of your anxiety disorder so that you can live your life without being overwhelmed by your symptoms. Try these tips to manage your anxiety disorder.

Understand Your Condition

There are many different kinds of anxiety disorders, and they each have their own specific triggers, symptoms, and treatments. Work with your behavioral health specialist to understand the specific type of anxiety disorder you have, the symptoms you should expect, and the available treatment options. The more you understand your condition, the more capable you will feel to control it. You will also be better equipped to recognize your symptoms so you can understand what you’re feeling and acknowledge that your disorder is the cause, so you can deal with them more rationally.

Life a Healthy Lifestyle

Taking control of your physical health is also good for your behavioral well-being. Eat a nutritious diet, exercise regularly, and get an adequate amount of sleep. If sleep is a problem for you, talk to your behavioral health specialist about strategies to get more rest. Although some kinds of stress are unavoidable, take steps to reduce stressors that you can control.

Get Help

You don’t have to face anxiety disorder alone. See a behavioral health specialist regularly and constantly evaluate your treatment plan. Refine it as needed to achieve the best control of your symptoms. Consider joining a support group for others living with the same disorder. When your symptoms feel out of control, get emergency care.

Inpatient services in behavioral health in Miami are available from Kendall Regional Medical Center. After inpatient care, the behavioral health team connects patients to outpatient care services to ensure their continued recovery. Visit our emergency department in a behavioral health crisis, or call (305) 223-3000 to ask for a referral to a specialist.


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