Broken Heart Syndrome: What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?

Valentine’s Day may be over, but some may have felt the sting of Cupid’s curse. So, as the 1960s love song would ask, “What becomes of the broken hearted?” The good news is, you can recover from a broken heart. But the medical condition known as ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’ is REAL.  This temporary condition, known to medics as takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, is often triggered by an extreme emotional or physical experience, specifically, heart break, death of a loved one, sudden illness, natural disasters, or other life-altering traumatic events. Broken heart syndrome primarily affects women between the ages… Read more.

Q&A: Lead Poisoning and What It Means for Children

Lead poisoning may not have been a condition in the forefront of our minds…until the public health crisis in Flint, Michigan happened. There, thousands of children potentially have been exposed to high levels of lead from the contamination of the city’s water supply.  So, what is lead poisoning? And what should parents know? Dr. Reginald Washington, Chief Medical Officer for HCA-affiliate Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children – a system of six hospitals in Denver, Colo., recently sat down for a Q&A to educate our readers on the sources, symptoms, treatment and prevention for lead exposure. What is lead exposure? The… Read more.

HCA Prepares for Zika Virus

As one of the leading providers of healthcare services in the United States, HCA is actively preparing its hospitals for the spread of the Zika virus to the mainland United States. Drawing on the available materials from the CDC, as well as maternal fetal medicine and infectious disease experts throughout the organization, HCA has disseminated to its hospitals general educational materials about the Zika virus and updated guidelines regarding testing and clinical management for pregnant and symptomatic patients who have traveled to areas with known Zika outbreaks. Travel history and symptoms continue to be emphasized in the triage and assessment of all patients presenting at HCA-affiliated emergency rooms and outpatient healthcare settings. In… Read more.

From – and For – the Heart: HCA and Sharecare Are Better Together

Over the last few years, Sharecare has been very fortunate to form an incredible partnership with HCA, in which we work together to develop and implement a number of innovative digital health solutions aimed at enriching the patient-provider relationship – from an employee wellness pilot with HCA Virginia, to connecting HCA physicians and nurses directly to people through our award-winning AskMD app, and helping introduce consumers to HCA services. But our partnership is about much more than building new products or launching new technologies – we are guided by our shared passion to help all people become deeply engaged in their… Read more.

Minimally Invasive Robotic Surgery Comes to Fairview Park

Patients in need of surgical services no longer need to travel long distances for the most advanced options. HCA’s Fairview Park Hospital has become the first hospital in Dublin, Ga. and the surrounding counties to offer robotic-assisted surgery using the daVinci® Surgical System. Dr. John L. Polhill, Jr., a general surgeon and president of the Medical Staff at Fairview Park Hospital, performed the first surgery using the daVinci® robot. The procedure, a gallbladder surgery, was successful. The daVinci® robot provides surgeons with an alternative to both traditional open surgery and conventional, laparoscopic surgery, putting a surgeon’s hands at the controls… Read more.

INFOGRAPHIC – National Burn Awareness Week: Learn About Burns

February 1-7 is National Burn Awareness Week and the perfect time to become educated about first-, second- and third- degree burns. Last year, approximately 485,000 burn injuries were treated medically in the U.S., while nearly 40,000 burn-related hospitalizations occurred in America during that same time period. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at our Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga., the largest inpatient burn center in America, admits more than 3,000 patients every year from across the U.S. and internationally. In recognition of this National Burn Awareness Week, they’ve put together an infographic to point out some of the characteristics of… Read more.

American Heart Month: TAVR Technology Keeps Retired Veteran Active

A 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran, Utah Hamilton, does not scare easily. When he learned he would need a heart valve replacement, he knew it had to be done. Utah was suffering from aortic stenosis, a common and serious valve disease. Aortic stenosis occurs when the aortic valve narrows, restricting blood flow from the heart to the rest of the body. When the valve is narrowed, the heart works harder to pump enough blood through the smaller opening, and eventually, the heart weakens. This can lead to life-threatening problems, such heart failure, irregular heart rhythms or cardiac arrest.… Read more.

Arlington Police Detective Pays it Forward, Launches Kidney Exchange

Arlington (Texas) Police Detective Josh Gowins took his duty as a public servant to new heights on Monday when he donated one of his kidneys to a stranger at HCA-affiliate Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth. His selfless act launched a kidney swap chain, resulting in a new lease on life for three grateful patients. And to Detective Gowins, “it was a small price to pay to help someone” in need. “Det. Gowins literally walked through our front doors and said, ‘I am willing to donate a kidney to whoever needs it,” Dr. George Rofaiel, surgical director of transplant services for… Read more.

Zika Virus 101: What Every “Babymooner” Needs to Know

With the popularity of babymoons – a last romantic getaway before the arrival of a new baby – and the quick spreading, mosquito-borne Zika virus causing outbreaks in many vacation destinations, what should expectant mothers know? Dr. Kelly Culpepper, an OBGYN at our Medical City Dallas Hospital, sat down to talk about the Zika virus and pregnancy risks, signs and symptoms and give her advice to pregnant patients considering travel to Zika-affected areas. Visit our HCA North Texas blog for more pregnancy tips and information for moms and mom-to-be. 

Looking for a way to Give Back? Give Blood!

If volunteerism is on your list of New Year’s resolutions, consider the gift of life and give blood. January is National Blood Donor Month – the nationwide call for blood donation and recognition of lifesaving blood and platelet donors – and with the recent winter storm, blood supplies for patients in need are sure to be in short supply. HCA headquarters has been a proud host of American Red Cross Blood Drives for more than 10 years. The corporate office holds approximately 10 blood drives per year and averages about 500 individual blood donors annually. One such donor, Mitzi Rodgers… Read more.

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