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    Knowing When a Fever Is an Emergency

    Last updated 10 days ago

    A fever is a common part of being ill. It is a sign of your body trying to fight off an infection, and in many cases, it’s not dangerous. However, while most fevers are benign, if uncomfortable, others require emergency treatment. How can you tell the difference? Here is what you need to know.

    For kids under four months old, any fever over 100.4° F can be an emergency. If your child has a fever in the 100-degree range, call your pediatrician or go to the hospital. For older children, go to the hospital for fevers over 104° F. For adults, fevers are a little more difficult to judge. If you develop a fever after prolonged sun exposure, get emergency care, as it could be a symptom of heat stroke. If you develop a fever after taking a new medication or illicit drug, go to the hospital, as it could be a sign of a dangerous reaction.  

    The ER at Miami’s Kendall Regional Medical Center can diagnose the cause of fevers quickly and begin emergency care as needed. Find out more about all of our hospital’s services by calling (305) 921-0961.  

    Healthy Eating During Pregnancy

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The foods you choose to eat during your pregnancy have a dramatic impact on the health of your baby. You need the right balance of nutrients to support your baby’s development while keeping your weight gain in a healthy range. At Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, our maternity team provides education before and after pregnancy to help expectant mothers with issues just like this one. Consult one of our hospital’s obstetricians for nutritional advice, and keep these tips in mind when planning your meals.

    Don’t Eat for Two

    Despite the fact that you need to take in extra calories for your growing baby, contrary to popular belief, pregnancy isn’t a license to throw sensible portion size out the window. Most expectant mothers need to eat an additional 300 calories per day to provide their babies with adequate nutrition. Because the actual amount you need to increase your calories is relatively small, it’s important to make them count by making good food choices. Your personal caloric needs may be different, depending on a number of factors, so be sure to talk to your obstetrician about a healthy range for you.

    Focus on Fruits and Vegetables

    Fruits and vegetables are low-calorie, filling choices that also contain many vitamins and minerals that are important to development, including vitamin C and folic acid. Choose dark, leafy greens, citrus fruits, melons, broccoli, tomatoes, and more, and try to incorporate them into every meal. During pregnancy, you should have two to four servings of fruit and at least four servings of veggies per day.

    Drink Up Dairy

    Your calcium needs soar during pregnancy. Your developing baby requires a significant amount of it, and if you don’t get enough in your diet, your body will convert calcium from your bones. Avoid this complication by getting at least 1000 mg of calcium each day from skim milk, low-fat yogurts and cheeses, and puddings.  Aim for four servings of dairy products every day.

    A healthy pregnancy starts with the obstetricians at Kendall Regional Medical Center. Trust our Miami hospital for all of your healthcare needs, including women’s health services. For a physician referral or more information, call our hospital in Miami at (305) 921-0961. 

    Options for Appendectomies

    Last updated 17 days ago

    Appendectomies, or surgical removal of the appendix, can be performed with either open or laparoscopic surgical techniques. Your surgeon will decide which procedure is right for you based on several different factors, including your age and overall health.

    Watch this video to learn more about the different approaches to appendectomies. In most cases, patients usually go home the day after the procedure. However, recovery is usually faster with laparoscopic surgery, and the post-procedure pain is usually less.

    Appendicitis can be dangerous if left untreated, so visit the emergency room at Kendall Regional Medical Center if you’re experiencing the associated abdominal pain and nausea. Our team can get you into surgery quickly for the treatment you need. Learn more about the surgery procedures offered at our Miami hospital by calling (305) 921-0961. 

    Exploring Coronary Heart Disease

    Last updated 21 days ago

    Coronary heart disease is a condition in which plaque builds up in the arteries and interferes with blood flow. Left untreated, coronary heart disease can lead to a range of complications, including heart attacks. The good news is that there are many things you can do to control your risk and get treatment if you do develop cardiac problems. At Kendall Regional Medical Center, we provide diagnostic services and treatment of heart issues in our Heart & Vascular Institute. Here are the facts you need about coronary heart disease so you can take control of your heart health.

    What Are the Risk Factors for Coronary Heart Disease?

    There are a few risk factors for coronary heart disease that you cannot change. One of them is age. Of the people who die of coronary heart disease, 82 percent of them are over age 65. Another is gender. Men are more likely to have heart attacks than women, and their risk increases earlier in life. Hereditary factors, including race, can also influence your risk of coronary heart disease. Having a family history of the disease can increase your chances of developing heart disease.  

    What Role Do Lifestyle Factors Play?

    Lifestyle plays a tremendous role in coronary heart disease. Smoking, being overweight, and not being physically active can all contribute to the development of coronary heart disease. Not managing your existing medical conditions can also exacerbate your heart disease risk. For instance, if you have high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes—which are all linked to heart disease—and don’t follow your treatment plan, then your risk of coronary heart disease will increase.

    How Is Coronary Heart Disease Treated?

    Treatment for coronary heart disease depends on your condition and symptoms. Making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, can help control the disease. You may also need surgery to clear blocked arteries. Medications may also help.

    If you have coronary heart disease and experience heart attack symptoms, call 911 or go straight to the ER at Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami. For a referral to a hospital-affiliated cardiologist or more information about our hospital’s cardiac care, call (305) 921-0961.

    Maternity Care at Kendall Regional Medical Center

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you welcome your new baby into the world, the hospital you choose matters. You want a maternity department that provides personalized care, not a one-size-fits-all solution, and one that is committed to the comfort and safety of you and your baby. This is exactly what you’ll find at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

    The secured maternity unit in our hospital offers the highest level of care, including 12 labor and delivery rooms, two operating suites, and 23 private post-partum rooms. We also have levels II and III NICUs on the floor. Our maternity staff is here to help you every step of the way, from prenatal classes and car seat safety inspections to pediatrician referrals. For your comfort and safety, we offer anesthesia services 24 hours a day.

    To learn more about why you should choose Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami-Dade for your maternity care, schedule a tour of our maternity wing. You can also learn more by calling our hospital at (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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