Mercy Hospital
Mercy Hospital is a 488-bed acute care U.S. hospital located in Coconut Grove, Miami, Florida. It is Miami-Dade County’s only Catholic hospital and is a recipient of the MAGNET award.

Life After a Heart Attack

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A heart attack is an unsettling experience for many people. It can also be a call to action for those who suffer from this medical emergency. Mercy Hospital encourages heart attack victims to become proactive about their health after such an event by talking to their heart doctors about wellness practices and cardiac care options. If you have survived a heart attack, the following actions can help you avoid future cardiac complications.

Changing Your Eating Habits

Heart attacks can result from the buildup of plaque in the arteries that prevents blood flow to the heart. This plaque often accumulates from the presence of fat and cholesterol in the bloodstream. In many cases, diet can directly influence the accumulation of these substances. After a heart attack, your doctor may advise that you establish healthier eating habits to prevent further plaque growth on the arterial walls.

Regulating Your Physical Activity

A heart attack can initially leave you weak and exhausted. However, with your doctor’s approval, exercise can play a vital role in restoring your energy levels and increasing your heart health. Cardiovascular activity can strengthen the heart tissues and increase heart function efficiency. Working out can also decrease the levels of harmful cholesterol in the bloodstream that contribute to plaque accumulation. Finally, exercise can become an important deterrent to obesity, which can place an unhealthy strain on the heart. 

Taking Your Medications

While taking steps to improve your lifestyle habits is integral to your heart health, your doctor may advise that you also use medications to lessen the risk of future heart attacks. For instance, because heart attacks can happen due to blood clots in the bloodstream, you may be put on medications that thin the blood to reduce the chances of this condition. By adhering to your physician’s medication recommendations, you can enjoy a long and robust future free of additional cardiac problems.

Let Mercy Hospital help you find the resources to regain your health after a heart attack. For more information on cardiac rehabilitation and management, call our Miami hospital at (305) 854-4400. You can also browse our website for additional details on the services offered by our Heart Center. 

What You Need to Know About Lymphedema

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Lymphedema is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Although its symptoms can be distressing, the cancer care team at your hospital can help you with symptom management. If you’ve recently been diagnosed with lymphedema, here are the facts you need to know. 

What Is Lymphedema?

Lymphedema is a condition in which the lymph system no longer functions properly, causing fluid to build up in tissues. Primary lymphedema is caused by the abnormal development of the lymph system and is usually present at birth. Secondary lymphedema is caused by damage to the lymph system. Both cancer and treatments for cancer, including chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery, can cause lymphedema.

What Are the Symptoms?

Swelling is the most common symptom of lymphedema. It usually occurs in an arm or leg, including the fingers and toes. The swelling may cause the leg or arm to feel heavy and the skin to feel tight and thick. Other skin changes, including blisters and warts, may also occur. One of the first signs people notice about lymphedema is that clothing and jewelry suddenly feels tighter or doesn’t fit. Swelling can interfere with joint movement, and when lymphedema occurs in the legs, it can cause a burning sensation. Patients may also experience hair loss and trouble sleeping.

What Treatments Are Available?

Lymphedema can cause both physical and emotional health issues, so it’s important to take it seriously. Although there is no cure for lymphedema, there are ways it can be managed. Compression devices, bandages, pressure garments, and the use of diuretics can all provide relief. When lymphedema occurs, your hospital’s cancer center may recommend diagnostics to make sure a new cancer is not the cause.

The Miami Cancer Center at Mercy Hospital provides comprehensive, compassionate cancer care for patients. Our hospital’s Kohly Center for Outpatient Rehabilitation has a program designed to treat lymphedema patients and help them find relief. Our cancer care is just one way our hospital is committed to keeping Miami healthy. Find out more about what we do by calling our hospital at (305) 854-4400. 

Tips for Diet and Exercise for Pregnant Women

Diet and exercise requirements are often major areas of concern for pregnant women. The decisions you make during your pregnancy have a big impact not only on your growing baby but also on how you recover from your pregnancy. This video explains more.

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t actually need to eat for two during your pregnancy. You really need about an extra 300 calories per day of nutrient-dense foods. Exercise is safe for the vast majority of women during pregnancy. Staying active will actually help you have an easier labor and give you a jumpstart on losing post-pregnancy weight.

If you have questions about your pregnancy, attend a prenatal class at Mercy Hospital or visit one of our hospital’s obstetricians. When it’s time to have your baby, you’ll love the comfort of our hospital’s birthing suites. Schedule a tour of our facilities by calling (305) 854-4400. 

Answers to Your FAQs About Hip Replacement Surgery

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If you’re suffering from chronic hip pain, then a hip replacement surgery could dramatically improve your quality of life. If your doctor has recommended that you have this procedure, chances are that you have many questions you’d like answered before youschedule your surgery. Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about hip replacement surgery.

Is Hip Replacement Right for Me?

Hip replacement is considered an extremely safe and effective surgery, but it’s still important to make sure that surgery is really the right answer for you. In most cases, physicians recommend hip replacements after patients have tried other treatment method—like physical therapy and pain injections—but nothing worked . Some people find these treatments effective at first and then notice that they don’t work as well over time, in which case they may opt for a hip replacement. If you are experiencing pain that is interfering with your daily life, it could be time to start considering orthopedic surgery.

What Happens During the Procedure?

There are two types of hip replacement surgeries: traditional and minimally invasive. Traditional surgery is an open procedure that is performed through an incision in the side of the hip. Minimally invasive hip replacements are performed through small incisions in the front of the hip. Each procedure has its benefits and drawbacks. Your surgeon will work closely with you to decide which is right for you.

What Should I Expect During the Recovery?

Immediately after surgery, you will spend time in the hospital. Hospital stays vary depending on a number of factors. Before you are released from the hospital, you will start to walk and learn how to get in and out of bed safely. At home, you will gradually increase the distance you walk. Full recovery can take up to six months.

Schedule a consultation at Mercy Hospital to learn more about your hip replacement options. Our Miami-Dade hospital offers a full range of orthopedic and spine surgeries, as well as rehab options. For a referral to an orthopedic surgeon, call us at (305) 854-4400.

The Impact of Fat on Diabetes Control

When you have diabetes, it’s easy to become so focused on your glucose levels and carbs that you forget about fat. However, since diabetes increases your risk of heart disease and can disrupt the balance of good and bad cholesterol, managing your fat intake is important.

Watch this video to learn more about how controlling your fat intake can improve your diabetes management. Try to avoid foods with saturated fats and trans fats as much as possible to keep your heart disease risk and diabetes in check.

The physicians at Miami’s Mercy Hospital can help you manage both your diabetes and heart disease risks. We also have the care you need for everything from a diabetic emergency to a heart attack. Get answers to your questions about our hospital services by calling (305) 854-4400. 

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