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    Symptoms of a Brain Tumor

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Brain tumors are abnormal cell growths that can be benign or malignant. Whether or not they are cancerous, brain tumors can cause significant difficulties. By recognizing the symptoms and reporting them to your doctor, you can get treatment early, which may prevent the tumor from growing and make treatment easier.

    Headaches are one of the most common symptoms of a brain tumor, but it’s important to remember that most headaches do not indicate that you have tumor. Talk to your doctor about headaches that get worse over the course of weeks or months, that are most intense in the morning, or that feel different than your usual headaches. Other brain tumor symptoms include seizures, nausea, weakness and loss of sensation in the arms and legs, hearing and vision problems, and speech difficulties. Depending on where the tumor is located, memory difficulties and personality changes can occur.

    The Neuroscience Institute at Northside Hospital can diagnose and treat benign and malignant brain tumors using a range of techniques. Learn more or get a referral to a physician in our St. Petersburg hospital by calling (888) 598-9586. 

    Improvements in Cardiac Treatment

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Finding out that you need to have heart surgery can be overwhelming, but where you choose to get your care can have a tremendous impact on your treatment. Watch this video to find out why patients in St. Petersburg choose the Tampa Bay Heart Institute at Northside Hospital.

    Heart surgery techniques have improved dramatically over the years. Procedures that once required lengthy recoveries can now be performed less invasively so patients can get back to their lives faster. At the Tampa Bay Heart Institute, our specialists provide the very latest in cutting-edge cardiac care for the best possible patient outcomes.

    If you need cardiac surgery, make Northside Hospital your choice for quality care. Get a referral to one of our physicians or learn more about our hospital by calling (888) 598-9586. 

    The Causes of Multiple Sclerosis

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Multiple sclerosis, or MS, is a disease of the central nervous system in which the body’s immune system attacks the myelin, a protective coating that surrounds nerve fibers. As a result, the myelin becomes scarred, which interferes with the way nerve impulses travel to and from the brain. MS is considered an immune-mediated disease, rather than autoimmune disease, because the exact antigen that the immune system attacks is unknown.

    Doctors are unsure of exactly what causes MS, but most believe that several different factors are involved. A combination of environmental factors, infectious diseases, and genetic factors are likely at play. For instance, smoking, low levels of vitamin D, and Epstein-Barr virus all increase the risk of developing MS, as does a family history of the disease. Having a combination of these risk factors increases your chances of getting MS even more.

    The doctors at Northside Hospital’s Neuroscience Institute can diagnose and treat all types of MS. Get a referral to one of our doctors by calling (888) 598-9586. 

    Types of Chronic Lung Disease

    Last updated 3 years ago

    Chronic lung disease strikes patients of all ages and can be seriously detrimental to quality of life. The first step to controlling lung disease is understanding what type you have. By understanding your disease, you can work with your pulmonary specialist to control your symptoms and reduce the need for emergency care. Here’s a look at the three main categories of chronic lung disease.

    Airway Diseases

    Your airways are the tubes that allow oxygen and gasses to be passed into and out of your lungs. Airways diseases impact these tubes, usually by making them narrow or by creating a blockage. Many people with airway diseases describe the feeling as breathing through a small opening, such as breathing through a straw. Some of the most common chronic lung diseases, including asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis, fall into this category.

    Lung Tissue Diseases

    Diseases in this category cause scarring and inflammation of the lung tissue. As a result, the lungs cannot fully expand to take in oxygen and expel carbon dioxide, which makes sufferers feels as though they cannot breathe deeply. Most people with lung tissue diseases feel like their lungs are being squeezed, as if they were wearing a sweater that is too tight. Sarcoidosis and pulmonary fibrosis are two examples of this type of chronic lung disease.

    Lung Circulation Diseases

    Just as circulation problems can impact other parts of your body, they can also affect your lungs. Lung circulation diseases occur when the blood vessels inside the lungs become scarred, blocked, or inflamed. With a lung circulation disease, heart function may also be compromised. A common type of lung circulation disease is pulmonary hypertension.

    At Northside Hospital in St. Petersburg, we provide pulmonary rehab services via the Tampa Bay Heart Institute to help patients control their lung disease symptoms. In addition to our cardiopulmonary care, our hospital provides a comprehensive range of services, including emergency care and stroke care. Find out more by calling (888) 598-9586. 

    What Is Cardiac Rehabilitation?

    Last updated 3 years ago

    If you have a heart condition, cardiac rehabilitation can be an important part of your care plan. Rehabilitation requires a serious commitment by patients, but in exchange for hard work, they are rewarded with dramatic improvements in health and quality of life. Could cardiac rehabilitation help you stay out of the emergency room and get heart healthy? Here is what you need to know.

    What Happens During Cardiac Rehabilitation?

    Cardiac rehabilitation is a multifaceted program. It incorporates a heart-healthy diet, increased physical activity, steps to decrease heart disease risk factors, and tools to improve your emotional health. Rehabilitation programs are tailored to each patient’s needs depending on his or her overall health and treatment goals. For instance, if physical activity is initially too risky for you, your cardiac rehabilitation team will focus on other goals first. Alternatively, you may exercise under the guidance of your healthcare providers at a rehabilitation center until it’s determined that you can safely follow an exercise plan at home.

    Who Is a Good Candidate?

    Many people can benefit from cardiac rehabilitation. It can helpful after a heart attack, a heart or lung transplant, or cardiac surgery. Patients living with heart failure or stable angina can also learn to manage their conditions with cardiac rehabilitation. Rehabilitation can help patients with these conditions and others reduce the risk of future heart health emergencies.

    How Do I Get Started?

    Your doctor will refer you for cardiac rehabilitation, usually after you’re diagnosed with a heart condition or after you’ve been hospitalized for a heart emergency. Once you’re referred for rehabilitation, the rehab team will perform a health assessment, which will include a review of your medical history and a physical exam. This information will be used to create a plan for your care.

    The Tampa Bay Heart Institute at Northside Hospital provides inpatient and outpatient cardiac rehabilitation with a multidisciplinary team of healthcare providers. Whether you need emergency services for a heart condition or long-term cardiac care, you can trust our St. Petersburg hospital for your treatment needs. For more information, call our hospital at (888) 598-9586.



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