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    Maternity Care at Kendall Regional Medical Center

    Last updated 19 hours 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.   

    How to Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Diabetes can place you at risk of additional health problems in a number of ways. For example, it can lead to damage of the nerves, eyes, and kidneys. If you have diabetes risk factors or you already have prediabetes, you can talk to a doctor at your local hospital about managing your health. Maintaining a healthy weight is critical for preventing type 2 diabetes because too much body weight leads to a poor response to insulin. If you need to lose a few pounds, your doctor will likely recommend exercising regularly and eating a nutritious diet.

    Find an Enjoyable Exercise Routine

    Regular exercise improves insulin sensitivity, which means your body is able to use insulin more effectively. This reduces your risk of developing diabetes. Plus, regular exercise can help you lose weight. It’s a good idea to talk to a doctor at your local hospital before beginning an exercise program. After obtaining medical clearance, find an exercise routine that you enjoy, such as rollerblading with friends, taking a dancing class, or using the exercise machines at your local gym. Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each week.

    Follow a Balanced Meal Plan

    You may wish to work with a dietician to modify your eating habits. A dietician can develop a meal plan that works for you. In general, it’s advisable to follow a meal plan that is low in cholesterol and saturated fats, and rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. You may find that you enjoy experimenting with new, healthier recipes.

    Talk to Your Doctor About Medications

    If you’re at a very high risk of developing diabetes, your doctor may recommend that you take medications. Diabetes drugs that can help prevent the disease include metformin, pioglitazone, and acarbose.

    For more helpful advice on leading a healthy lifestyle, consider signing up for the H2U – Health to You – program available from Kendall Regional Medical Center, a hospital that serves Miami-Dade residents. We also invite you to visit our website to explore our hospital’s vast array of healthcare services, including orthopedic care and trauma care. If you wish to speak with a registered nurse, contact our hospital at (305) 921-0961.

    The Dangers of Atherosclerosis

    Last updated 10 days ago

    Atherosclerosis is a serious condition in which blood vessel walls become hard and narrow due to the accumulation of plaque. Plaque is a type of fatty deposit that can partially or completely block the flow of blood through a blood vessel. Atherosclerosis can lead to a number of health problems, including coronary heart disease (CHD), heart attack, and stroke. A doctor at your community hospital can evaluate your risk factors of atherosclerosis. If you are diagnosed with this condition, your hospital care team can implement an effective treatment plan to reduce your risk of the following complications.

    Coronary Heart Disease (CHD)

    CHD can occur when plaque builds up in the arteries that lead to the heart. This causes reduced blood flow to this critical organ. Unless you receive treatment at your local hospital, CHD can weaken the heart muscle over time. This places you at a higher risk of heart failure and arrhythmias.

    Heart Attack

    Blood vessels that have become hard are at a higher risk of sustaining damage. When this occurs, blood clots called thrombi can form. Thrombi further reduce blood flow, sometimes entirely cutting off blood flow in a vessel. There is also a possibility that the thrombus will break up into smaller clumps, which are known as emboli. These clumps can travel to other blood vessels, often obstructing blood flow in smaller blood vessels. If the emboli travel to a blood vessel that feeds the heart, a heart attack can occur.

    Stroke

    Many patients who receive emergency care at a hospital for stroke developed the condition because of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis can cause a stroke in much the same way as it can cause a heart attack. If the emboli travel to a blood vessel that feeds the brain and then block that blood vessel, a stroke occurs.

    The Heart & Vascular Institute at Kendall Regional Medical Center provides comprehensive management of heart disease. Along with our highly trained specialists, our hospital uses the latest technology and techniques to help our patients achieve a favorable outcome. Residents throughout the Miami-Dade region can connect with our hospital on our website or by calling (305) 921-0961.

    Common Symptoms of Arthritis

    Last updated 14 days ago

    The symptoms of arthritis vary, depending on the exact type of arthritis you’ve been diagnosed with. In general, you may experience joint pain and stiffness, and reduced range of motion of the joints. Joint inflammation can lead to symptoms such as warmth, redness, tenderness, and swelling in the area. These symptoms may grow worse over time. In some people, such as those with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), the symptoms may flare up and then subside periodically. This particular type of arthritis can also cause symptoms such as deformed, misshapen joints and bumps under the skin, which are known as rheumatoid nodules.

    Many types of arthritis affect areas of the body beyond the joints. For example, those with RA may experience muscle aches, fever, increased sweating, and extreme fatigue. Loss of appetite, weight loss, sleep disturbances, and depression are other symptoms that are linked to this type of arthritis.

    The orthopedic specialists at Kendall Regional Medical Center offer exceptional care for those with arthritis and other orthopedic conditions. Residents throughout the Miami-Dade area can reach our community hospital by calling (305) 921-0961.

    Why Your Blood Pressure Matters

    Last updated 16 days ago

    The team at your local hospital will check your blood pressure at each appointment. However, it can be difficult to obtain an accurate blood pressure reading at the hospital because many people experience elevated blood pressure when going to a doctor’s appointment. If your doctor is concerned about your blood pressure, he or she may recommend that you monitor your levels several times during the day. If you do indeed have high blood pressure, talk to your doctor about controlling it. Bringing your blood pressure within a healthy range can help you avoid health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and kidney damage.

    Heart Disease

    Heart disease is a leading cause of death among Americans. If you have high blood pressure, or hypertension, this can cause tiny tears on the arterial walls, which in turn results in the development of scar tissue. The scar tissue encourages the accumulation of plaque, leading to the narrowing and hardening of the arteries. When your arteries are damaged and hardened, you have a greater risk of developing blood clots and suffering a heart attack.

    Stroke

    Hypertension increases your risk of stroke in two ways. The formation of blood clots because of damaged arteries can obstruct blood flow to the brain, causing brain cells to die. Additionally, hypertension can weaken the blood vessels within the brain, which can lead to an aneurysm. If the aneurysm ruptures, bleeding on the brain occurs.

    Kidney Damage

    High blood pressure can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys, which means that these organs may no longer be able to remove waste and fluid as effectively. This further increases your blood pressure. Over time, kidney failure may develop.

    You can partner with the team at Kendall Regional Medical Center to regain control over your health. Our hospital, conveniently located in Miami, provides a range of specialty healthcare services, which are available in our Heart & Vascular Institute, Orthopedic & Spine Institute, Trauma Center, and other departments. To learn more about our hospital’s services or request a referral to a specialist, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (305) 921-0961.




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