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    An Overview of Coronary Heart Disease

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Coronary heart disease is the top killer of men and women alike in the United States. When not properly addressed and treated with good cardiac care, it can lead to a number of life-threatening events, including arrhythmias, angina, heart attack, and total heart failure. Here’s what you need to know about this serious condition.

    What Causes Coronary Heart Disease?

    Coronary heart disease develops when the blood vessels into or out of the heart become blocked or hardened, most commonly by a buildup of plaque inside the veins or arteries. As plaque accumulates and thickens, the passage through the vessels is narrowed, and less blood is able to move through. This can cause both increased blood pressure and, eventually, total blockage, cutting off the blood supply completely. If the plaque dislodges, it can cause a blood clot to form, which can also block the vein or artery.

    What Causes Plaque to Build Up in the Blood Vessels?

    Plaque can begin to accumulate in childhood, and usually gathers where the blood vessels are weakened or damaged in some way. Certain lifestyle choices can greatly increase the chances of this happening. Risk factors include a fatty diet, uncontrolled cholesterol levels, abnormally high blood sugar levels, inflammation of the vessels, high blood pressure, and smoking.

    What Is the Treatment for Coronary Heart Disease?

    Proper cardiac care, along with lifestyle changes, can greatly reduce your risk of coronary heart disease complications. Certain medications to manage high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol may be recommended. Sticking to a low-fat diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is also a good idea. If you are a smoker, quitting now will go a long way toward improving your overall health and controlling your heart disease.

    To learn more about coronary heart disease, call Englewood Community Hospital at (888) 658-1598 or visit our website for more resources. We can provide heart catheterization to aid in your cardiac care. If you are having chest pain or any symptoms of a heart attack, seek emergency care immediately.

    Preventing Pain after Surgery

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Pain management after surgery is absolutely crucial to your recovery. If you are in too much pain, you will have difficulty performing any type of activity, even those as simple as walking to the restroom. However, systemic pain medications, particularly those in the narcotic family, can be habit-forming and come with a number of side effects.

    Addressing the pain at the source using a slow but steady trickle of local anesthetic via a pain pump has proven to be incredibly effective at controlling post-surgical pain without the need for strong narcotic drugs. Check out this video to learn more about how this method of pain management works.

    For information about Englewood Community Hospital and our services, visit us online or call (888) 658-1598. Please do not hesitate to visit our emergency room if you are in need of cardiac care, wound care, or any other type of emergency medical care.

    Learn about the H2U Program

    Last updated 3 years ago

    H2U stands for “Health to You” and is an exclusive program for health-conscious individuals and families who want to take a proactive role in their wellbeing. The program offers a number of benefits, including the opportunity to participate in a community of like-minded people.

    H2U membership provides you with the basics you need to form a good foundation of health, including exclusive newsletters, a quarterly magazine, interactive health tools, invitations to hospital-sponsored events, multiple activities and classes, and so much more. It’s an affordable and convenient way to stay on top of your health and in touch with your healthcare providers.

    At Englewood Community Hospital, we are proud to participate in the H2U program and invite you to do the same. To get more information or to learn about our emergency care services, including cardiac care and wound care, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 658-1598 today. 

    When to Go to the Emergency Room

    Last updated 3 years ago

    When is the right time to get emergency medical care? That’s a question nearly everyone faces at one point or another. The most important thing is to avoid second-guessing yourself. If you think that you or someone you love could be facing a medical emergency, then you should go to the emergency room for diagnosis and treatment. Medical emergencies only get worse as time passes, so delaying care could be dangerous. If you go to the emergency room and find out you’re not having an emergency, feel lucky instead of silly. Continue reading for a look at some of the common symptoms that warrant a trip to the emergency room.

    Sudden Headache

    Headaches aren’t often medical emergencies, but a sudden, intense headache—one that feels like the worst headache of your life—is worth a trip to the emergency room. Such a headache may be a sign of an aneurysm or a stroke, which could be life threatening without the proper care. Be especially alert to headaches accompanied by dizziness, confusion, or sleep difficulties.

    Breathing Difficulties

    Anytime you find yourself out of breath without any explanation, go to the emergency room for evaluation. Breathing problems are associated with many different health problems, including allergic reactions, heart attacks, asthma, and more. Shortness of breath can also indicate some kind of lung infection, like pneumonia.

    Chest Pain

    Having chest pain does not always mean you are having a heart attack. It can also be caused by digestive problems, anxiety, lung infections, and muscle strain. However, chest pain could mean that you are having a problem with your heart, and because you lose more heart tissue every second a heart attack goes untreated, it’s important to get diagnosed in an emergency room as soon as possible.

    At Englewood Community Hospital, our emergency room offers fast, cutting-edge care when you need it the most. Don’t try to wait your symptoms out. Instead, come to our Englewood, FL emergency room for care. You can learn more about our hospital by calling (888) 658-1598.

    Learning about Joint Replacement

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If joint pain is interfering with your everyday activities, joint replacement surgery is one treatment option that can provide relief. At Englewood Community Hospital, we encourage all patients living with joint pain to meet with one of our orthopedic surgeons for help. This video explains more.

    An orthopedic surgeon can evaluate your joint pain and determine the best treatment option for you. In some cases, pain medications, injections, and physical therapy are adequate for treating the pain, at least for a period of time. When joint replacement surgery is necessary, we offer a pre-operative class so patients feel confident in what to expect.

    Don’t let joint pain control your life—ask your doctor to refer you to Englewood Community Hospital for orthopedic care. Find out more about all of our hospital services, from our emergency room to our cardiac department, by calling (888) 658-1598 today.


Disclaimer: 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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