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What Happens When Mammogram Results Are Abnormal?

Mammograms are an important part of preventative women’s services. Regular screenings on the schedule suggested by your doctor allow breast cancers to be caught in early stages when they are most treatable. Most often, mammograms end with normal results, but in some cases, you may be called back to your women’s services clinic for further testing. This news can be disconcerting, but according to the American Cancer Society, less than 10 percent of women with abnormal mammogram results actually have breast cancer. If you receive abnormal results, here is what to expect next.

Repeat Mammogram

Sometimes, abnormal mammogram results simply mean that you need to have your mammogram repeated. This may be because you have dense breast tissue or because the initial picture wasn’t clear. After a first mammogram, sometimes doctors need a closer look at a particular area because you don’t have previous images with which to compare. Repeat mammograms are usually referred to diagnostic mammograms, rather than screening mammograms, as routine X-rays are called.

Ultrasound and MRI

Ultrasounds and MRIs are additional diagnostic imaging tests that let you doctor get a different kind of view of a suspicious area. Both of these tests are painless. Depending on the area the doctor wants to examine, you may need one or both of these tests. For some women, MRIs are uncomfortable because they require being in an enclosed space for an extended period. Talk to your doctor if you are worried, as sedatives are available.

Results and Next Steps

Often, you will receive your results during your follow-up appointment. If your provider is confident that the suspicious area is fine, you will simply continue mammograms on your usual schedule. If the area is likely to be fine but needs further monitoring, you may need a repeated mammogram in a few months. When cancer cannot be ruled out, you will be scheduled for a biopsy for a definitive diagnosis.

At Kendall Regional Medical Center, the women’s services team and Breast Cancer Center near Miami provide quality, compassionate care for a variety of women’s health needs. Request a referral to one of our specialists today by calling (305) 223-3000. Be sure to ask about our additional services, including orthopedics and ER care.


Heart Attack Prevention Guidelines

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 735,000 people suffer heart attacks in the US each year. Fortunately, there are things you can do to protect your heart and reduce your chances of becoming a statistic. Take these steps for better heart care to reduce the risk of a cardiac emergency.

Manage Conditions Linked to Heart Disease

Several chronic medical conditions increase the risk of heart disease, including diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. Follow your treatment plans for these conditions closely, and see your doctor regularly to monitor the effectiveness of your management. If your current treatment plan is not controlling your chronic health condition, tweaking it could improve not only that condition but also your risk of experiencing a heart attack.

Live a Heart-Healthy Lifestyle

Lifestyle has a dramatic impact your risk of having a heart attack. If you smoke, ask your doctor for help to quit. Smoking is one of the most dangerous things you can do for your heart health. Eat a diet that is low in added sugars and saturated fats, and maintain a healthy weight. Get regular physical activity, and manage your stress levels. Your doctor can provide advice if you are struggling to make healthy lifestyle changes.

Get Heart Care When You Need It

Heart attacks are medical emergencies and always require care in the ER. If you have been diagnosed with a heart and vascular condition, get the care you need to manage it effectively. See your cardiac specialist regularly, and take all medications as prescribed. Actively managing your heart health can minimize the impacts of living with heart disease.

Kendall Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive heart care in Miami, from the STEMI time in our emergency department that beats national benchmarks for treatments to our Heart and Vascular Institute for the management of a variety of cardiac conditions. Speak to a nurse today for more information or a referral to a heart care specialist by calling (888) 256-7719.

Recognizing the Signs of Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative disc disease is a common cause of back pain and a frequent reason people visit orthopedics and spine specialists. By recognizing the signs early, you can take steps to prevent further degeneration and reduce the need for future spine surgery. If you experience these symptoms, consider making an appointment with an orthopedics specialist for diagnosis and treatment.

Lower Back Pain

The lower back is extremely vulnerable to degenerative disc disease, and pain in that region is a common symptom. The pain may range from mild to severe, and the intensity of the pain can change over the course of a few days or even months. The pain can get worse when you sit, and it can radiate across the buttocks and thighs, depending on what discs are affected. You may notice that the pain decreases or even stops when you are in certain positions and that walking may also ease you discomfort.

Neck Pain

When the affected discs are in the upper spine, then the pain is likely to be located in your neck. As with lower back pain, neck pain associated with disc disease can vary in intensity and duration and may lessen in certain positions. Degenerative disc disease in the cervical spine can also cause pain to radiate into your shoulders and down your arms and hands.

Numbness and Muscle Weakness

Sometimes, numbness and muscle weakness occur as the result of disc disease. These symptoms can be present with or without pain and are likely to impact the extremities. You may notice numbness in your hands and feet or weakness of your arm and leg muscles. These symptoms can indicate nerve root damage and should be evaluated as soon as possible.

The Orthopedics and Spine Institute at Kendall Regional Medical Center offers noninvasive and surgical treatments for a long list of orthopedics and spine conditions. Contact us at (888) 256-7719 to request a referral to specialist in orthopedics in Miami and to learn more about our other hospital services, including women’s services and emergency care.


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.


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