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    Behavioral Health Overview: Anxiety

    Last updated 22 hours ago

    Many may be familiar with anxiety as a reaction to stress or emotional situations, but for some anxiety can be a persistent problem interrupting a person’s daily routine. There are many types of anxiety disorders recognized by physicians—including panic attacks, social anxiety, phobias, and generalized anxiety disorder. In each of these disorders, patients may have irrational fears or obsessive worries in situations that may otherwise only cause minor concerns and embarrassment. Below is a closer look at the facts about anxiety disorders to help you break misconceptions about these conditions.

    Anxiety disorder realities

    Where a job interview or presentation may present jitters in some people, those suffering from an anxiety disorder may experience panic attacks, recurring nightmares, or irrational avoidance of objects and locations. It can be incredibly difficult for anxiety sufferers to confront stimuli in an uncontrolled environment, so overcoming anxiety disorders without the guidance of a behavioral specialist may be a great source of stress.

    Statistics up close

    Anxiety disorders are not uncommon, as about 40 million Americans are coping with some type of anxiety disorder. Only about one third of these individuals seek treatment, but these conditions are highly treatable through therapy, medication, and alternative methods.

    Treatments and management

    Many physicians will prescribe medication at the same time as therapy to help patients manage anxiety from a physical and mental approach. Complementary therapies like stress and relaxation techniques, acupuncture, and yoga are also effective for some patients. However, patients should not try any alternative therapies without consulting a physician and creating a coordinated care plan.

    The Dedicated Adult Behavioral Health Program at Largo Medical Center is designed to provide patients with the welcoming, supportive care needed for effective management of conditions like anxiety disorder. The program also features a 7-Bed Behavioral Health ER specifically for mental crises. For a physician referral to help you overcome anxiety disorders, call (727) 470-6826 for our Consult-A-Nurse  FREE physician referral line.


    What You Need to Know About Diabetes

    Last updated 5 days ago

    If you have diabetes, you need to be careful about eating too many fats. Some fats can raise your cholesterol level, which can put you at higher risk for heart disease. However, certain types of cholesterol—known as HDLs—are actually good for your arteries, and it’s just as important to include these in your diet as it is to avoid bad cholesterol, known as LDLs. To learn how to tell the difference between good and bad cholesterol, watch this video.

    Serving the greater Largo community, Largo Medical Center offers a wide variety of medical services, from heart and cardiovascular treatment to cancer care. If you would like to learn more about our services, visit our website or call (727) 470-6826.

    What Really Happens to Your Heart During a Heart Attack?

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Chest pain, trouble breathing, lightheadedness—the symptoms of a heart attack are familiar to most people. But many of us don’t realize what exactly is happening to the body during a heart attack. The better you understand what a heart attack does to your heart, the more prepared you will be should it actually happen to you or someone near you.

    How a heart attack begins. A heart attack happens when there is a blockage in one of your coronary arteries, the blood vessels that bring blood to your heart and permit it to continue functioning. With the flow of blood blocked, the tissue in your heart muscle begins to die. Without quick medical attention, your heart may suffer permanent—and potentially fatal—damage.

    What causes a heart attack? In many cases, a heart attack is the result of coronary artery disease, a condition that happens when your coronary arteries gradually become blocked by cholesterol and plaque. Plaque is a sticky material formed of cellular waste and other substances that become trapped in your blood vessels. Heart attacks can also happen when your arteries suddenly tighten, or spasm, cutting off blood flow.

    What happens after a heart attack? If medical professionals are able to successfully open the blocked artery, your heart will slowly begin repairing itself. Since the damaged tissue will be replaced with scar tissue, however, your heart may be weaker than it was before the attack. The faster your heart attack is attended to, the better the odds are of reducing damage to your heart.

    The emergency room at Largo Medical Center can provide life-saving treatment in the event of a heart attack. We offer state-of-the-art procedures to treat heart problems, including minimally invasive heart surgery. Call (727) 470-6826 if you have any questions, and visit our website to read more about Largo Medical Center.

    What Is Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, or HBOT, is an important part of the wound care we offer at Largo Medical Center. During HBOT, a patient will breathe in pure oxygen at a pressure of up to three times that of normal air pressure. This enables a patient’s body to receive more oxygen than would ordinarily be possible in a short timespan, which can be critical in effective treatment of many serious injuries and conditions. HBOT has proven successful in treating a number of issues, ranging from infections to air embolisms to decompression sickness. It has also been used to treat tissue damaged by radiation therapy or by complications from diabetes.

    To learn more about the wound care provided at Largo Medical Center, contact us today at (727) 470-6826. We offer a 24-hour emergency room, a certified primary stroke center, robotic surgery, and other medical services to the Largo community. You can find out more about the services we provide by visiting our website. 

    Understanding the Surprising Dangers of Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 14 days ago

    More than 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that causes periodic breathing disruptions while a person is asleep. The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea, which results from blocked upper airways. While sleep apnea may not seem like a major health problem, it can have serious consequences if it is left untreated. Here is an overview of some of the potential complications of sleep apnea.

    Heart disease. When you have sleep apnea, you repeatedly stop breathing throughout the night. This not only keeps you from getting adequate sleep, but can also reduce the amount of oxygen your body is getting. For these reasons, having untreated sleep apnea can significantly raise your risk of heart disease and heart attacks, as well as heart conditions such as atrial fibrillation.

    Weight gain. Being overweight makes a person more likely to develop sleep apnea, in part because it leads to the accumulation of fatty tissues in your neck that can make it harder for you to breathe. Having obstructive sleep apnea also makes it more difficult to lose weight. Sleep apnea can deprive you of the energy you need to exercise and can slow down your metabolism.

    High blood pressure. When you repeatedly wake up at night, your body reacts by working harder to get oxygen to your heart, driving your blood pressure up. Even after you wake up in the morning, your blood pressure continues to stay high throughout the day. Having low levels of oxygen in your body can also exacerbate the problem.

    If you suspect that you may be suffering from a sleep disorder, contact the team at Largo Medical Center. We provide a variety of medical services to the Largo community, including pulmonary rehabilitation, cancer care, and stroke treatment. If you would like to learn more about our hospital, call us today at (727) 470-6826. 


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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