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Trust UHMC in an Emergency

In a medical emergency, every second counts. When symptoms strike, you need advanced treatments and compassionate care delivered by professionals who never lose their cool. In other words, you need the emergency room at UHMC.

In this video, find out why Coach Don Shula, like so many other Broward County residents, turns to University Hospital and Medical Center when he needs care. Our emergency room is fully equipped to handle any emergency that arises, and our team has the full power of our entire hospital behind us. This means that the care you need, no matter what your emergency may be, is always right at your fingertips.

Don’t take chances in a medical emergency. Head directly to University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac. Find out more about our emergency room and other hospital services by calling (954) 721-2200. 


Identifying the Warning Signs of a Heart Attack

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If a heart attack struck you or someone you love, would you recognize the signs? Not all heart attacks look like they do on TV. Sometimes, the symptoms are more subtle, yet the risks are every bit as real. Getting to the emergency room quickly during a heart attack is crucial. Fast treatment saves vulnerable heart tissue and even lives. Here are some of red flags that may indicate that you or someone you know is having a heart attack—head directly to the emergency room at the first sign of any of these symptoms:

Chest Pain

Chest pain is probably the most common symptom that people associate with a heart attack. In some cases, the pain can be very intense, leaving little doubt as to what is occurring. Often, however, the pain is less powerful. You may experience minor discomfort and tightening in your chest that comes and goes. If you experience chest discomfort, don’t wait for the pain to become severe before you take action. Chest pain is never normal, so go to the emergency room for diagnosis and treatment.

Shortness of Breath

People having heart attacks often experience shortness of breath, due to the heart’s decreased ability to pump blood effectively. This shortness of breath may be accompanied by chest pain and other symptoms, or it may appear on its own. If you’re short of breath and can’t explain why, you need to be evaluated in the emergency room so treatment can begin, if necessary.

Upper Body Discomfort

The pain some people feel during a heart attack isn’t in the chest at all. Some people experience pain in their arms, back, neck, and jaw. You should never ignore pain in this region. Although there can be other causes for this type of pain, it is crucial to rule out a heart attack.

The emergency room at University Hospital and Medical Center is here 24 hours a day to provide fast, accurate heart attack treatment and care for all of your other medical emergencies. Learn more about the services at our Broward County hospital by calling (954) 721-2200. 


The Importance of Routine Mammograms

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Could you be at risk for breast cancer? The statistics may surprise you. A 40-year-old woman has a 1 in 69 chance of getting breast cancer during the next 10 years of her life, and three-quarters of women who get breast cancer have no family history of the disease. The good news is that there is a powerful tool to diagnose breast cancer early when treatment is most effective: mammograms. According to statistics from the American College of Radiology, mammograms have reduced breast cancer deaths by one-third since 1990. Our breast health team at University Hospital and Medical Center is here to help you evaluate your breast cancer risk with the help of routine mammograms. Here is what you need to know:

Why Mammograms Matter

Mammograms are very precise X-rays of breast tissue. You may think that performing breast self-exams is enough to alert you to changes in your beasts, but it is not. Although breast self-exams have an important role to play, mammograms can capture changes in your breast tissue up to two years before you or your doctor can detect them. This means treatment can begin two years sooner, which could save your life.

What to Expect During a Mammogram

Mammograms are very quick procedures. You will be asked to put on a hospital gown to make the treatment easier and more comfortable. The X-ray technician will start by placing one of your breasts on a flat surface. Your breast will then be gently pressed flat to allow for the most accurate imaging. You will need to lift your arm and hold your breath for a few seconds while the X-ray is taken. The process is then completed on the other side. Most women describe minor discomfort during a mammogram, if they feel anything at all.

Don’t take chances with your breast health. Schedule a mammogram at the Women’s Center at University Hospital and Medical Center. Our Tamarac, FL hospital also has a state-of-the-art emergency room, joint replacement center, and more. You can find out about our medical services by calling (954) 721-2200. 


What Are the Risk Factors for Breast Cancer?

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According to the American Cancer Society, about one in every eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It is the second deadliest cancer for women, after lung cancer. The Women’s Center at University Hospital and Medical Center helps women manage their breast health at all stages, from screenings to treatments. Understanding your breast cancer risk is an important part of managing your health. What are your odds of developing breast cancer? Here are some of the factors that impact your risk:

Combined Hormone Therapy

There have been many stories in the news about the link between post-menopausal hormone therapy and increased breast cancer risk. It appears now that the real risk comes in using combined hormone therapy–treatments that combine estrogen and progesterone–rather than estrogen-only treatments. Using combined hormone therapy for only two years can increase your risk. Women receiving combined hormone therapy often have their breast cancers diagnosed at later stages as well. This applies to synthetic and bioidentical hormones. Your doctor will carefully consider the benefits and risks before putting you on hormone therapy.

Family History of Breast Cancer

If your mother, sister, or daughter has had breast cancer, your risk of developing it is doubled. If your grandmother, aunt, or other second-degree relative has had breast cancer, your own risk jumps three-fold. Despite these strong ties, however, it is important to note that only about 15 percent of women with breast cancer have a family history of the disease. If it runs in your family, talk to your doctor about any special steps you need to take for your breast health. However, don’t think that not having breast cancer in your family means you don’t need regular mammograms.

Age

Breast cancer risk seems to increase with age. Only about one in eight incidences of breast cancer affect women under 45. Two of three cases of invasive breast cancer are found in women over 55.

Good breast health starts with regular mammograms at the Women’s Center at University Hospital and Medical Center. Our Tamarac hospital also offers emergency room care, behavioral health services, and more. Explore all of our care services by calling (954) 721-2200. 


Hip Surgery at University Hospital and Medical Center

Joint pain, such as hip pain, can limit your mobility and leave you in agony. The good news is that there is a solution. Joint replacement surgery at University Hospital and Medical Center can have you back on your feet and back to enjoying an active life.

Watch this video to see how hip replacement surgery could change your life. Go from sitting on the sidelines to being in the middle of the action. At our Orthopedic and Spine Institute, you’ll find caring doctors and cutting-edge techniques to make your surgery safe and your recovery smooth.

Is hip replacement surgery right for you? Make an appointment at University Hospital and Medical Center in Tamarac today to learn whether joint replacement surgery is the solution. You can reach us by calling (954) 721-2200. 


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