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Spotlight on the Heart and Vascular Institute at Kendall Regional Medical Center

Kendall Regional Medical Center is one of the few Accredited Chest Pain Centers in the Miami area—a distinction that only 12 percent of hospitals nationwide have received from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care.

Our full-service facility has the experienced staff and state-of-the-art medical equipment to handle a wide range of cardiovascular services, including but not limited to: cardiothoracic surgery, echocardiography, cardiac catheterization, diagnostics, and a specialized STEMI program. As a fully Accredited Chest Pain Center, our superior standard of oversight and patient management helps us provide faster triage and emergency care for optimal outcomes.

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We are proud to place in the top 5 percent of hospitals nationwide for overall clinical quality. To learn more about our facilities or to receive a cardiac specialist recommendation in the Miami-Dade area, contact us online or call (305) 228-5451 today.


Spotting the Symptoms of Stroke

Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth-leading cause of death American men and women. A stroke, or brain attack, occurs when the brain is suddenly deprived of its blood due to a blood clot or hemorrhage. Because of the suddenness and severity of strokes, it is extremely important to recognize the symptoms quickly and receive emergency medical attention. Learn more about the symptoms of stroke and how to act F.A.S.T. below:

 

F: Face – During a stroke, one side of the face may droop or feel numb. A person’s smile may be uneven. They may also have trouble seeing out of one or both eyes.

A: Arms – One arm may also become weak or numb. Ask the person to raise both arms to see if one slopes downward. Loss of muscle control and coordination may also extend to the legs.

S: Speech – Speech may become slurred or difficult to understand. Ask the person to repeat a simple sentence and listen to see if it is understood and repeated correctly.

T: Time – A quick response is essential for effective treatment. Check the time if a person exhibits even one of the above symptoms and contact 9-1-1, even if they go away.

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Strokes can affect different parts of the brain, so individual symptoms may vary, even if a person has had a stroke before. There are emergency treatment options to help stroke victims, but timely response is crucial for optimal outcomes and reduced odds of disability. Only a medical professional can provide an accurate assessment of a person’s individual risk for stroke, but common risk factors include age, family history, race, sex, and pre-existing health conditions.

To schedule a consultation or receive a physician referral from Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, FL, call (305) 228-5451 today. Our Primary Stroke Care Center has been certified by The Joint Commission, and our team of multidisciplinary specialists has access to the advanced equipment necessary to provide personalized and effective care to stroke patients.


When a Heart Attack Strikes

Heart attacks are a leading cause of death for both men and women. There are several different factors that can influence heart attack risk, and because individual health history is so diverse it’s important to receive quality healthcare to address potential complications. This video covers one patient’s experience at Kendall Regional Medical Center.

Our Heart and Vascular Institute is fully accredited from the Society of Chest Pain Centers. Our state-of-the-art equipment and streamlined treatment process ensures that all of our patients receive customized and compassionate care for their unique conditions.

As a nationally recognized institution, Kendall Regional Medical Center is committed to providing comprehensive and full-service healthcare to residents throughout Miami-Dade County. For more information about our award-winning facilities, contact us today at (305) 228-5451.


Understanding the Risk Factors for Heart Attack

It’s common knowledge that fatty foods and not enough exercise can increase your risk for heart attack, but there are several other factors that may not be as obvious. Some of these factors can be modified through lifestyle changes and medication, while others cannot. Only a licensed doctor can assess your individual risk for heart attack, but it can be helpful to understand common risk factors.

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Screening Guidelines
The heart is one of the most important organs in the body, and because there are so many factors that can affect cardiovascular health it is recommended to receive regular professional screenings—the American Heart Association provides heart screening guidelines based on age and pre-existing conditions. Doctors will perform a comprehensive medical and family history check to assess your personal risk of having a heart attack. Blood tests may be ordered to reveal any cardiovascular or metabolic abnormalities.

Uncontrollable Risk Factors
Cardiovascular health is important for everyone, but heart complications may be more prevalent and/or severe in certain individuals depending on age, gender (males are more likely to develop issues), chronic health conditions, race, and family history. Although these types of risk factors cannot be changed, they can provide patients with a more accurate idea of the importance of making responsible lifestyle changes.

Manageable Risk Factors
Smoking is certainly bad for your lungs, but many people don’t know that it’s bad for the heart as well; smokers’ risk of developing coronary artery disease is 2 to 4 that of nonsmokers. High blood pressure can cause the heart muscle to thicken and impede normal function, while high levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in the arteries (atherosclerosis). These types of conditions can usually be treated or managed with lifestyle changes and medication.

The earlier you receive a comprehensive heart exam from a cardiovascular specialist, the better your odds are of avoiding a potentially serious cardiac event. Our specialists here at the Kendall Regional Medical Center Heart and Vascular Institute can provide you with the educational resources and treatment options you need to continue living a happy and healthful lifestyle. Call (305) 228-5451 to schedule an appointment or to request more information.


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