A stroke - sometimes called a brain attack - kills someone every 4 minutes. When a stroke is left untreated, 2 million brain cells are lost per minute. Listen in to find out about the types of strokes and some of the signs/symptoms that someone is having a stroke.
From evacuation prep, taking care of your property all the way through to preparing a personal emergency kit, SMH's Wanda Jackson, Outpatient Care Coordinator helps to get you ready for hurricane season.
If you think you or a loved one may be having a stroke, call 911 IMMEDIATELY and ask them to take you to the nearest Comprehensive Stroke Center. Offering services beyond the scope of primary stroke centers, only Comprehensive Stroke Centers can offer the wider range of specialists and more advanced treatment options needed when standard therapies are not enough. Learn more in this video produced by Sarasota Memorial Hospital's Comprehensive Stroke Center team or visit smh.com/stroke for...
E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular, but are they safer than regular cigarettes? Get the facts on vaping and e-cigarettes–and how they impact users' health—in this livestreamed #AskAnExpert Q&A with Sarasota Memorial Director of Thoracic Surgical Oncology Paul Chomiak, MD.
Great advancements in surgical techniques makes the removal of the uterus less invasive than even just a few years ago. And while the surgery can be seen as more procedural, the psychological effects must also be considered. Listen as Dr. Gard explains.
A vaginal birth versus a C-section birth is a key discussion between the mother-to-be and the doctor. Listen in for the pros and cons about the difference between a vaginal birth and the major abdominal surgery involved with c-sections.
A true SMH'er - she was born at Sarasota Memorial Hospital - Dr. Gard is a graduate of Florida State and has returned to Sarasota to open her OB/GYN practice. She has a true passion to build relationships her patients, partners and families.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Besides the heart, eyes - even your skin - smoking negatively affects many parts of the body. Smoking is also the number one cause of lung cancer, but there are many local resources that can help someone quit smoking. Listen for many of the options.
Depending on what type of cancer exists, there are different treatment options. But one of the biggest factors that determine diagnosis and treatment is what stage the cancer is in. Once the stage is determined, the prognosis - or the expected development - will likely be.
We are familiar with smoking being a large risk factor - even second-hand smoke. But other, more obscure risk factors like family history, radon gas or cleaning chemicals can also be risk factors. Listen for more information on the risk factors, and on what symptoms to look out for.
Unfortunately, lung cancer is the second most common type of cancer. The traditional categories of lung cancer were small and non-small cell cancers. But advancements in science and research have redefined treatment - and potentially - cure it.
The teen volunteer program has been a great success - and it allows teens with an early interest in the healthcare field. They bring excitement and thirst for knowledge to the whole hospital. Also, one of the most popular groups of volunteers is Pet Therapy! They visit many units and bring joy and unconditional love to so many patients & visitors!
From the first face-to-face meeting to the final orientation, becoming a volunteer at SMH requires a commitment of time, dedication... and empathy! The new volunteer will shadow a veteran to become more comfortable with directions in the hospital - and everything else will come with experience.