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    Sepsis Is Serious! [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 1 month ago

    After an infection or surgery, one of the biggest risks patients face is sepsis. This blood infection is actually triggered by a response to the initial infection. Your body releases chemicals to fight the infection, which in turn cause inflammation that can potentially damage your major organs. Although sepsis can happen to anyone, the very young, the elderly, and patients with chronic medical conditions are most susceptible. If you’re recovering from surgery or a major infection, it’s important to know the signs of sepsis, as fast treatment is critical for recovery. Raulerson Hospital explains sepsis and prevention techniques in this infographic. Keep this information in mind as you or someone you love recovers from an infection or surgery, and report any potential sepsis symptoms to your healthcare provider right away. Help us spread the word about the dangers of sepsis by sharing this information.

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    Food for Thought - Healthy Food of the Week: Avocado

    Last updated 1 month ago

    The avocado is a delicious fruit which grows on a tree that can be up to 20 to 80 feet tall. It’s a pear-shaped green fruit that may have a black or green skin. In Florida, avocados that are mature enough to eat can be harvested in the summer and fall, and you may see some locally grown avocados in the grocery store this time of year. Perhaps you have an avocado tree in your yard or know someone who has one.

    The avocado fruit does not ripen on the tree and is picked unripe and then left to ripen on the grocery store shelf or in the home. The fruit is ripe when the outside feels soft.  

    The nutritious avocado is a good source of fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium and vitamin E.  The avocado also contains monounsaturated fat, which is a healthy fat that our bodies need to help absorb certain vitamins, and also helps to lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL) levels and may raise the “good” cholesterol (HDL) levels.

    Avocados can be eaten raw or mashed, spread on crackers or used in sandwiches instead of mayonnaise. In guacamole and salsa dips the avocado is an essential ingredient.

    You could try to grow your own avocado tree by saving the large seed from an avocado. Remove and wash the seed from inside the fruit and place the largest side of the seed down in a small jar of water with the upper half of the seed above the water. You will start to see the stem and the roots sprout in about two to six weeks. After the sprout starts to grow taller and the roots fill the jar of water you can then plant the sprouted seed in soil leaving half of the seed above the dirt. Make sure your little tree gets sunlight, and water it enough to keep the soil moist but not too wet.  

    One goal for healthy living is to eat at least 5 fruits and vegetables a day, and the avocado could certainly be one of your choices!

    This message is from the school nurses at the Florida Department of Health in Okeechobee County.

    References:

    1.    www.freshfromflorida.com

    2.    http://www.harvestofthemonth.cdph.ca.gov/

     

    Thank you to the Okeechobee County School District Nurses! This article was a part of the educational Healthy Food of the week program.

    Symptoms of Atrial Fibrillation

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Atrial fibrillation is a type of heart arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. It is the most common type of arrhythmia and can be controlled with medications and lifestyle changes.

    Watch this video to learn about the symptoms of atrial fibrillation. The most common symptom is an irregular pulse. You may even be able to detect the irregularities yourself by checking your pulse at your wrist. In some cases, people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms at all and are only diagnosed when their doctor listens to their heart beat.

    The cardiopulmonary team can diagnose and treat atrial fibrillation at Raulerson Hospital. Our cardiac diagnostic services are just one example of the cutting-edge care we provide. Find out more about our work, from joint replacement surgery to the ER, by calling (888) 725-3918. 

    Understanding Sleep Disorders

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Every day, sleep disorders rob millions of Americans of the restful sleep they need. Without treatment, these disorders can lead to a long list of health problems, from weight gain to depression and heart disease. If you are experiencing disrupted sleep or unexplained daytime fatigue, discuss your symptoms with your doctor and ask for a referral for a sleep study at Raulerson Hospital. In our sleep lab, we can get to the bottom of your sleep problems so that treatment can begin. Here is a look at some of the most common disorders.

    Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea occurs when the airways is constricted by pressure from the neck and throat. As a result, sleep apnea suffers stop breathing periodically throughout the night. A typical episode occurs then the airway is blocked and the sufferer starts gasping for breath. Then, he or she eventually wakes up, clears the obstruction, and falls back to sleep. These episodes can occur hundreds of time per night but are so fast the sufferer is usually unaware that is happening until he or she is told by a sleeping partner. Most patients improve by wearing a C-PAP device to keep the airways open during sleep.

    Narcolepsy

    Narcolepsy disrupts the area of the brain that controls sleep and wakefulness. As a result, people with narcolepsy experience “sleep attacks,” during which they fall asleep without warning. These attacks can occur at any time and last anywhere from 30 seconds to more than 30 minutes. Sleep attacks may also be accompanied by cataplexy, or loss of muscle tone, throughout the body. Planned naps and stimulant medications may help.

    Insomnia

    Insomnia isn’t actually a sleep disorder. Rather, it is symptom. Despite the fact that it is not actually a disorder, it can be extremely disruptive. Insomnia can indicate other issues, ranging from restless leg syndrome to depression. If you are experiencing insomnia, talk to your doctor so you can work to pinpoint the cause.

    Call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (888) 725-3918 to learn more about our Sleep Disorders Laboratory. Be sure to also ask questions about our other hospital services.

    A Look at Some Common Types of Heart Disease

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Finding out that you have heart disease may be overwhelming at first, but it is important to arm yourself with as much information as you can about your illness. Learning about your heart disease will help you adapt to managing it and will help you recognize symptoms that need to be treated in the ER. Here is an overview of some the most common types of heart disease and what you need to know about the symptoms.

    Congenital Heart Disease

    Congenital heart disease is caused by heart abnormalities that are present at birth. These defects can be caused by a number of different things, including viral infections and alcohol use during pregnancy. The cause is unknown in some cases. Congenital heart disease can impact any part of the heart, including the valves, septum, aortas, and chambers. Most heart abnormalities that are associated with congenital heart disease disrupt blood flow and cause symptoms such as fatigue, shortness of breath, and bluish skin. In most cases, congenital heart disease is treated surgically.

    Congestive Heart Failure

    With congestive heart failure, the heart no longer pumps as effectively as it should. As a result, the rest of the body does not receive the blood it needs. This type of heart disease is most common in older people and people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and other diseases that cause fluid back-up in tissues. Weight gain, swelling in the legs and abdomen, fatigue, dizziness, and shortness of breath are all symptoms.

    Coronary Heart Disease

    Coronary heart disease is the most common type of heart disease and the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. It is caused by atherosclerosis, a condition associated with plaque build-up in the arteries. Chest pain is the most common symptom. Women may also experience fatigue and weakness.

    If you are experiencing chest pain, you should seek immediate assistance from the ER at Raulerson Hospital. You can call our Consult-a-Nurse service to learn more about heart disease symptoms and for a referral to a physician who can help by dialing (888) 725-3918. 




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