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    What Every Woman Should Know About Mammograms

    Last updated 1 day 6 hours ago

    Breast cancer affects one in every eight women and is the second leading cause of death among women in the United States. A mammogram is a safe and effective screening test that can detect breast cancer in its earliest stages, when the disease is at its most treatable. Kendall Regional Medical Center encourages you to check out our online pre-registration and scheduling options to make scheduling your mammogram at our hospital easier than ever before.

    Benefits of Mammograms

    The main benefit of receiving regular mammograms is the potential to catch breast cancer in its earliest stages. When caught earlier, breast cancers are smaller and can be more successfully removed using less invasive methods. Catching breast cancer when it is small also increases the chances that a woman can keep her breasts without the need for a mastectomy. Because breast cancer is not painful and may not cause noticeable changes in the breasts until it is quite advanced, early detection via mammography can greatly increase the chances of a successful outcome following treatment. The regular use of mammography has reduced the risk of breast cancer-related death in women by 25-30%.

    Guidelines for Mammograms

    Most women should begin scheduling annual mammograms when they reach the age of 40. If you are at a higher risk for breast cancer, your physician may suggest receiving your first mammogram at a younger age. Choosing a hospital that offers digital mammography will improve the outcome of your test by delivering a clearer picture of your breast tissue, reducing false negatives and positives. It’s important to keep in mind that mammograms are only part of a comprehensive breast cancer detection regimen. Performing monthly self-exams and receiving a yearly breast exam from your regular physician still play an important role in the detection of breast cancer.

    The Women’s Center at Kendall Regional Medical Center offers digital mammography for screening and diagnostic purposes. Check us out on the Web to find out more about breast cancer and other pertinent health topics, or call (305) 921-0961 for more information about mammography in Miami-Dade.

    Act F.A.S.T. to Spot a Stroke

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Strokes are a serious medical emergency during which blood flow to the brain is interrupted. The longer blood flow is blocked, the more tissue damage can occur, affecting memory, cognition, movement, and quality of life. Because time is of the essence with regard to stroke treatment, learning to spot a stroke will tell you when emergency care at your Miami-Dade hospital is necessary. The F.A.S.T. method, developed by the American Stroke Association, is a set of symptoms associated with stroke that signal the need for hospital care. The symptoms of F.A.S.T. are facial drooping, arm weakness, and speech difficulty. If you notice that a friend or loved one cannot smile evenly, cannot hold both arms up without one drooping, or cannot repeat a simple sentence, it’s time to seek emergency help. The sooner a stroke victim receives care at a hospital emergency center, the faster, easier, and more complete his recovery will be.

    The Emergency Department at Kendall Regional Medical Center is here to provide fast, effective care for strokes, heart attacks, illnesses, and trauma. You can find out more about our Miami-Dade-area emergency services on the Web or by calling (305) 921-0961.

    Understanding Asthma Treatment

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that causes inflammation of the airways within the lungs, making breathing difficult. Treatment for asthma includes a variety of approaches, ranging from emergency treatments to long-term management of the disease. Short-term bronchodilators are used as a rescue medication, while inhaled steroids are used to reduce inflammation. The goal of asthma treatment is to restore quality of life while preventing scarring of the bronchi in the lungs. You can find out more about short- and long-term asthma treatment in this video.

    At Kendall Regional Medical Center, we are dedicated to providing the Miami-Dade community with state-of-the-art treatment for acute and chronic disease. Our hospital’s H2U – Health To You program is designed to provide ongoing education about timely health and wellness information. Please call (305) 921-0961 or visit our website to learn more about our medical center and community services.

    Repairing an ACL Injury

    Last updated 11 days ago

    The ACL is one of four major ligaments in the knee. Trauma such as a sports injury or accident can cause sprains or serious tears to the ACL, leading to pain, inflammation, and loss of mobility.

    This video explains the three basic steps of repairing an ACL injury via reconstructive surgery. After identifying the exact injury to the ACL, your physician will determine the type of grafting material that will best suit your needs. Finally, he will determine the best method of fixation to improve the chances of a successful outcome.

    The Orthopedic & Spine Institute at Kendall Regional Medical Center is pleased to offer comprehensive orthopedic care for sports injuries, arthritis, back pain, and more. Our hospital’s board certified surgeons will work with you to find the ideal personalized treatment for your needs. Visit our website or call (305) 921-0961 for additional information about your care options.

    How to Prevent Accidental Burns at Home

    Last updated 15 days ago

    Burns are a common cause of hospital visits for emergency care. Learning how burns occur and how to prevent them can improve your family’s health and safety at home. If you do experience a burn that you can’t handle on your own, visit Kendall Regional Medical Center’s specialized Burn Center for prompt professional care.

    Preventing Electrical Burns
    Electrical burns can occur when skin comes into contact with electricity from a wire, outlet, or appliance in your home. If you have small children, place covers on outlets and check the wires attached to your electronics regularly to make sure they are in good shape. Never allow children to play with appliances or use them unsupervised. Before hanging up holiday lights or other electrical decorations, check them for wear and replace them if any wiring appears damaged.

    Preventing Hot Water Burns

    Hot water burns can occur in many places. Always test the water in your shower or bath before entering and do the same for your children. Never let young children play with the taps while bathing. Check your water heater and turn the temperature to 130 degrees Fahrenheit or lower to prevent scalds. Keep pot and pan handles over the stove or counter when cooking to avoid accidental spills.

    Preventing Sunburns
    Sunburns are just as serious as any other type of burn. To prevent sunburn, always wear sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher, regardless of the weather or time of year. When spending extended periods of time outdoors, make sure to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. Wear long-sleeved shirts and pants to protect your extremities, sunglasses to protect your eyes, and a broad-brimmed hat to protect the skin of your face.

    Since opening in July of 2012 as an extension of our trauma services, Kendall Regional Medical Center’s Burn Center has provided specialized burn care for children and adults throughout the Miami-Dade area. You can find more information about our burn care services, emergency care, and hospital specialty services by clicking through our comprehensive website or by calling (305) 921-0961 to speak with a registered nurse.


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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