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    Understanding the Symptoms of Colon Cancer

    Last updated 19 hours ago

    Certain cancers may not present symptoms until they reach an advanced stage, and even when they do, some people might assume them to be warning signs of another problem. Colon cancer in particular can go unnoticed for a substantial period of time, making it all the more important to seek help as soon as any of the following symptoms occur. For more information on the detection and treatment of colon cancer, contact Largo Medical Center. 

    Weight Change

    The colon helps to absorb vitamins and nutrients from the foods you eat. When colon cancer develops, though, it can obstruct the normal functions of this organ. As a result, the body may suffer from nutrient and calorie deprivation. This side effect of colon cancer can prompt sudden weight loss. When weight loss occurs without the intention to reduce weight, it can indicate the presence of colon cancer.

    Bloody Bowel Movements

    Colon cancer may also lead to the bleeding of the tissues in the colon. Because the colon also prepares food products for elimination from the body, it may produce bloody bowel movements. Though sometimes difficult to detect, if you suspect that you have bloody stool, talk to your physician. Suffering from recurrent bouts of hard or watery stool may also warrant a trip to your doctor.

    Abdominal Discomfort

    Abdominal pain is a common problem, and for many people, it does not indicate colon cancer. Food allergies, celiac disease, and even food poisoning can also lead to stomach cramps and discomfort. Yet if abdominal pain develops in the absence of these problems, it may point to a more serious issue. Especially when changes in diet cannot alleviate persistent stomach cramps or pain, it may be time to speak to a healthcare professional about your condition.

    Early detection can often lead to less invasive and more effective cancer treatment. If you are experiencing any of the aforementioned symptoms of colon cancer, call Largo Medical Center at (727) 470-6826. Our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare for a FREE physician referral. Representatives are available around the clock for our Pinellas County residents and can address your health concerns.

    Spotting Sleep Disorder Red Flags

    Last updated 2 days 20 hours ago

    A sleep disorder can greatly deteriorate a person’s health, mental wellbeing, and overall quality of life. Unfortunately, many people may overlook or dismiss the warning signs that indicate a problem. So to enjoy your best health, it’s important to identify and address sleep disorder red flags as soon as possible.

    The inability to fall or stay asleep is perhaps the most evident sign of a sleep disorder. However, more subtle symptoms may also present. Chronic exhaustion during the daytime hours is one red flag that you might not be getting the restful sleep you need. Persistent snoring is another common symptom of sleep disorders. Being so sleepy that you fall asleep while at work or on the road can also point to a sleeping issue.

    Don’t let a sleep disorder get in the way of your health and life enjoyment. The Sleep Disorders Center at Largo Medical Center offers sleep disorder help for individuals in the greater Pinellas County area. Call (727) 470-6816 for more information.

    Spinal Stenosis Explained

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Do your limbs occasionally go numb? Do you suffer from chronic back pain? Both conditions may indicate the presence of spinal stenosis, a condition that puts excessive pressure on the spinal cord and nearby nerve roots. Though a painful condition, spinal stenosis is also a treatable one. The Florida Spine and Neuro Center at Largo Medical Center offers comprehensive symptom management and treatment for Pinellas County residents suffering from spinal stenosis.

    Warning Signs

    Spinal stenosis can produce varying symptoms in sufferers according to where the area of compression occurs. As mentioned, some individuals might feel the effects of this condition in their extremities. If spinal stenosis takes place at a part of the spine that controls arm or leg sensation and coordination, it may produce chronic weakness or numbness in one or more limbs. Spinal stenosis is also a common cause of back discomfort. Pressure on the spinal cord and nerve roots can cause painful sensations along the spinal column.


    Many individuals with spinal stenosis have a primary condition that leads to this secondary problem. For instance, disc herniation can cause spinal stenosis. If the inner core of an intervertebral disc protrudes beyond its exterior and presses on nearby nerve fibers, it can produce pain, body weakness, and other symptoms. Conditions such as scoliosis, which produces an unnatural curvature of the spine, can also make the vertebrae press upon the spinal cord and nearby nerves. Spinal stenosis experts note that some individuals may also have a genetic propensity for spinal stenosis if their parents have small spinal canals.

    Treatment Options

    Determining the root cause of spinal stenosis is imperative to providing successful treatment for it. For mild conditions, physicians may recommend only medication to alleviate pain. If a condition such as disc herniation is contributing to the problem, physical therapy may also be necessary. When pain and limb weakness are severe, surgery may be the best option to reduce pressure in the afflicted spinal region.

    If you’re suffering from persistent back pain, call the Florida Spine & Neuro Center at Largo Medical Center can help. Our spine and neurological experts can quickly identify the cause of your discomfort and create a course of treatment to eliminate it. To find out more about the services we offer, call (727) 470-6826.

    Learn How One Heart Disease Patient Changed His Diet

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Heart disease is a largely avoidable condition. As this video demonstrates, healthy eating habits can be both easy to maintain and effective for heart disease prevention.

    Because heart disease often results from the consumption of high-calorie, high-sodium, and high-fat foods, making nutritious meals is integral to protecting your heart and vascular system from hypertension and high cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are great food options, so take steps to include them in every meal. For instance, have a bowl of berries for breakfast or a salad for lunch. Lean proteins can also contribute toward a heart-healthy diet. Fish and chicken in particular can prove filling, delicious, and nutritious.

    Largo Medical Center offers the Health to You wellness program for Pinellas County residents. For more information, call (727) 470-6826.

    Get the Facts About Atrial Fibrillation

    Last updated 14 days ago

    A few minutes of listening to your heartbeat can highlight just how hard the heart must work to ensure that every cell in your body receives the oxygen it needs. This important job demands a consistent and strong heartbeat so that enough blood can move through the circulatory system on a regular basis. Largo Medical Center urges those who suspect that they have atrial fibrillation to visit our Pinellas County hospital.

    What Atrial Fibrillation Does

    While a strong and healthy heart can quickly move blood from the atria to the ventricles with less than 100 beats per minute, a heart that suffers from atrial fibrillation may have a much harder job carrying blood through its four chambers. A weak electrical impulse, which forces the heart to contract, is the reason why the heart cannot effectively move blood through the rest of the body. Instead, large amounts of blood may remain in the atria, making the heart work harder to remove it.

    Why Atrial Fibrillation Is Dangerous

    Atrial fibrillation can cause any number of serious heart-related conditions. When blood is stagnant in one of the heart chambers, it can form clots. These clots may eventually move through the bloodstream and obstruct the flow of blood. If a clot prevents blood from reaching the heart, a heart attack can occur. Should a clot block blood from entering the brain, a stroke can happen. Because the heart must work so hard to perform its job, atrial fibrillation can also lead to heart failure.

    How Heart Doctors Can Treat Atrial Fibrillation

    A proper diagnosis is imperative to giving patients the treatment they need to effectively manage their atrial fibrillation. In many cases, chronic exhaustion or weakness may be the only symptoms that alert patients and their physicians to a problem. Once a diagnosis is made, though, medication can often be given to reduce the risks associated with atrial fibrillation. A surgeon may also implant a defibrillator or pacemaker to regulate heart contractions.

    Would you like to learn more about atrial fibrillation and its symptoms? Then call The AFib and Heart Rhythm Centers at Largo Medical Center at (727) 470-6826 to speak with a Consult-A-Nurse representative. We would be happy to address your questions and guide you to the appropriate healthcare services.


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