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    A Look at the Link Between Stress and Heart Disease

    Last updated 2 hours 59 minutes ago

    It’s not unusual to experience stress from time to time. However, everyone reacts differently to stress. Some people might simply shrug off a difficult event while others react with severe emotions, such as anxiety, anger, and even hostility. In addition to decreasing your quality of life, experiencing severe or chronic stress may make it more likely that you’ll end up in the local hospital because of heart disease. In addition to talking with your physician about the link between stress and heart disease, consider exploring the resources available at your local hospital to help you learn how to lead a healthier lifestyle.

    Indirect Relationship

    The research regarding the association between stress and an increased risk of heart disease is still ongoing and not yet conclusive. Researchers believe stress may have both an indirect and a direct effect on heart health. For example, stress may indirectly lead to an increased risk of heart disease by making it more likely that you’ll engage in unhealthy behaviors. Those who are under a great deal of stress tend to eat nutrient-poor, high-calorie foods and they may not exercise regularly. Stress can also lend itself to an increased risk of behaviors such as excessive alcohol consumption and cigarette smoking. These unhealthy lifestyle habits can in turn increase the risk of heart disease by elevating the risk of direct risk factors such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

    Direct Relationship

    Chronic or severe stress has a number of significant effects on the body. When you’re under stress, your body responds by releasing excessive amounts of cortisol and adrenaline, two types of hormones. If a person sustains high levels of these hormones on a long-term basis, heart disease becomes more likely.

    In addition to the exceptional trauma care and orthopedic services available at Kendall Regional Medical Center, our community hospital features the Heart & Vascular Institute. Our hospital’s range of advanced cardiac services is administered by a highly trained team of caring professionals. Families in Miami-Dade and throughout the surrounding areas are invited to connect with our family focused hospital by calling (305) 921-0961.

    A Patient's Guide to Hemorrhoids

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Hemorrhoids are a common reason for a visit to a community hospital. Often referred to as piles, this medical condition involves the swelling and inflammation of veins in the lower rectum and anus. The physician at your local hospital may diagnose you with internal or external hemorrhoids. If the hemorrhoids are within the anus, they are internal. If they occur just under the skin around the anus, they are external. The physician at your hospital can help you understand your medical condition and how it may be treated.


    Hemorrhoids are particularly common among older adults because age lends itself to the weakening of the supportive tissues. Hemorrhoids develop when there is an increase in the pressure in the area. An increase in pressure may arise from obesity, pregnancy, chronic diarrhea, or chronic constipation. Straining during bowel movements and following a low-fiber diet are other typical contributing factors.


    When you visit the hospital, tell the physician about all of the symptoms you’ve experienced. Some typical symptoms of hemorrhoids include itching or irritation in the area, pain, swelling, and a lump in the area. Patients may also report bloody stool or bright red blood that appears on the toilet paper.


    Often, physicians recommend conservative treatments for hemorrhoids first. Sitz baths, ice packs, and increased fluid intake can be helpful. It’s also beneficial for patients to consume a high-fiber diet and to apply topical hemorrhoid creams to the area. Nonsurgical treatment may be an option, which may involve sclerotherapy or coagulation therapy to shrink the hemorrhoid. However, some patients require surgical intervention to remove the hemorrhoid. If your doctor recommends surgery, ask about minimally invasive techniques to shorten your recovery time and minimize the risks.

    At Kendall Regional Medical Center, Miami-Dade residents will find effective solutions to their medical issues, including minimally invasive surgery for hemorrhoids. To learn more about the services available at our community oriented hospital, call our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (305) 921-0961. Or, click through to our website to view our specialized services, including trauma care and orthopedic surgery.

    Tips for Preventing Burn Injuries in Your Child

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Infants and young children are particularly susceptible to suffering from burn injuries because of their vulnerability and their inquisitive nature. In fact, the most common types of accidents among young children involve burn injuries. Parents can reduce the risk that their children will wind up in the local hospital with a burn injury by following a few safety guidelines.

    Practice Fire Safety

    Fire safety is a must for every household, especially for families with young children. Parents should install smoke alarms on every floor of the home, including one in each bedroom. Check the batteries every month and replace them every six months. It’s advisable to keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen. Additionally, hospital staff recommends that each family have a fire escape plan, along with an emergency ladder on the upper floor of the home. Other fire safety tips include never leaving candles unattended, and keeping matches and lighters away from children.

    Beware Electrical Appliances

    In a home with young children, all electrical outlets should feature child safety covers. Electrical cords should be kept out of reach of children and parents should regularly check cords for signs of wear and tear. Physicians also recommend using a cool mist humidifier, rather than a warm mist appliance, to reduce the risk of burns among young children.

    Be Careful with Foods and Liquids

    Since young kids have a tendency to grab at nearby objects, it’s advisable to place pots and pans on the back burners whenever possible or to turn the handles toward the back of the stove. Keep containers with hot liquids away from the edges of the table or counter. Remember to test the temperature of hot foods or liquids before giving them to your child.

    In the event that your child does suffer a burn injury, Kendall Regional Medical Center offers a dedicated pediatric emergency department within our community hospital. The staff members at our patient-centered hospital are proud to serve you and your family with compassionate care and prompt ER responses. We invite families throughout the Miami-Dade area to call (305) 921-0961 to learn more about the services available at our hospital, including orthopedic surgery and trauma care.

    Take a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Our Emergency Department from Our Director

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Patients often dread going to the emergency room of their local hospital because they are notorious for long waiting times. At Kendall Regional Medical Center, we’ve solved that problem with drastic changes to improve both the speed and quality of patient care.

    You can watch this video to hear more about what goes on behind the scenes at the ER of Kendall Regional Medical Center. You’ll hear from our ER director as she explains why the triage area was removed from the lobby and how patients can go directly to an exam room within 30 minutes of their arrival at our hospital. You’ll also learn about the pride our hospital staff takes in providing comprehensive patient education in all aspects of care.

    Kendall Regional Medical Center is proud to serve the Miami-Dade community with compassionate, patient-centered care. Families throughout the area are welcome to speak with a registered nurse by calling our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (305) 921-0961.

    Kendall Regional - Brave Children's Music Video

    Last updated 17 days ago

    A video made with love by the children and teens of the Kendall Regional Pediatric Advisory Council: the patients and staff of the Kendall Regional Pediatric Unit show how to be BRAVE when you have to be in the hospital.#KendallBraveVideo


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