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Blog Archive - July 2014

Read past articles on Health & Wellness, Healing & Treatments, Clinical News, and Spiritual & Patient Experience on the Florida Hospital blog.
  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Lose Weight and Lower Disease Risk

    If you’re overweight or obese, exercise along with diet can reduce your risk of chronic disease.

    That’s the conclusion of a new study in the journal Cancer Research, which found that losing 5 to 10 percent of your body weight through the combined effort can result in a measurable reduction of markers for inflammation.

  • POSTED BY: Celebration Health

    Ladies, Show Your Heart Some Love

    Take our cardiac risk assessment!

    A good friend of mine, Sara, is a mother of two, living a busy life with a full-time job. For months she had been ignoring the fact that she was constantly short of breath. She assumed it was because she hadn’t been working out and old age was catching up to her.What Sara didn’t know what that she was at high risk of suffering a heart attack. Did you know that heart disease is the number one cause of death in women over 65 in the United States? There are a lot of factors that can contribute to heart disease including stress, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking.

    A family history of heart disease may also increase your chance of having heart conditions. It’s important to know what you can do and what technology is available to help you protect yourself. Sara decided to find out why she was short of breath. She talked to her doctor and scheduled an electrocardiogram (EKG). An EKG is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. Essentially, it checks the health and condition of the heart. It is commonly performed after heart attacks and to diagnose chest pain. What are some of the symptoms I need to look out for?

    Many heart problems have similar warning signs you should be aware of including: Chest pain Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing Dizziness or fainting Sweating, nausea or vomiting If you are continuously experiencing any of these symptoms, you should ask your doctor if you need an EKG. EKG’s can also be used to screen for early heart disease that has no symptoms. Screening EKG’s are sometimes performed as a part of routine physicals. The procedure only takes a few minutes and is completely painless.

    Be aware of the warning signs of heart disease. Don’t ignore those symptoms. Sara decided she didn’t want to wait until it was too late. She was proactive about her health to find out what she can do to protect herself. Fortunately, she had time to make changes before she was hit by a heart attack, and I’m thankful she did. Learn if your heart needs some love and schedule your EKG at (407) 303-2273.

  • POSTED BY: Celebration Health

    A Culture of Caffeine

    Next time you’re walking down your grocery store beverage aisle, stop for a moment. Take a look around. It won’t be long before you notice more caffeinated product choices than ever before.

    “I often get asked whether caffeine is healthy or unhealthy for our digestive system,” said Dr. Teresa deBeche-Adams, colorectal surgeon and digestive health expert at Florida Hospital East Orlando.

    “I often tell my patients that it’s healthy in moderation and that more than two cups of coffee a day is not recommended.” In addition to coffee, we’ve listed five other every day caffeinated products so you can be sure you are not overdoing your caffeine intake. Be sure to check the labels for accurate caffeine amounts and compare to your typical cup of coffee - which is about 85mg of caffeine per brewed cup.

    Energy Drinks. These drinks are extremely high in caffeine and sugar and are considered the unhealthiest form of caffeinated beverage.

    Soft drinks. A standard can of soda not only contains about as much caffeine as coffee but is packed with empty calories.

    Teas. Black, green and white teas all are typically caffeinated. Yet some – but not every- kind of herbal teas contain no caffeine.

    Chocolate. Really? Chocolate has caffeine!? You bet. Especially a dark chocolate which is the most caffeinated kind of treat.

    Desserts. Take a look at the ingredients for any dessert flavor with coffee in the title. Some desserts have as much, if not more caffeine per serving, than your average cup of coffee. If you think you’re caffeine intake is too high and you’re suffering from related side effects like constant stomach issues, headaches, irritability, sleeping problems or heart palpitations try cutting back. If you reduced your intake but still have long-term side effects as described above, contact (407) 303-DOCS and request an appointment with a digestive health expert.

  • POSTED BY: Celebration Health

    Why You Should Ask to See an Oncology Social Worker

    When most people hear about social workers, it incites images of children being taken from their parents. However, this exaggeration only highlights a small population of social workers. In fact, there are a variety of fields a social worker can be part of, including the Department of Child and Family (DCF) services, which has received the most media attention.

    One of those fields includes social workers utilized in hospital systems. To help paint a different picture than the above mentioned, I had a chance to interview Chuck Miceli, CCSW, BBCD, OSW-C, the manager of social work at the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, for a unique look at social workers in the hospital.

    Q: Let’s start off with ‘What are social workers?’

    A: Let's take that even further by talking about the types of social workers. There are clinical social workers such as myself, administrative social workers who work in places such as human resources, case managers who work largely on discharge planning in our hospitals, and community social workers that work in community programs such as employee assistance, DCF, etc. What we do here at the cancer institute is clinical social work. The difference with oncology social workers is that we're an outpatient service. Case managers on the other hand, are an inpatient service with a primary function of discharge planning. We, however, do some case management but mostly focus on clinical counseling – including the adjustment to diagnosis and illness counseling. As a result of that, we're much closer to mental health practitioners than our case manager counterparts.

    Q: What type of services do oncology social workers provide?

    A: We can see anything of the emotional aspect to the real pragmatic "How will I get to treatment?" types of problems. So we typically break those into two different groups of services: emotional support, such as counseling, and practical support, such as help with transportation, financial aid, etc. On emotional support, we counsel patients in regards to the emotional and psychological responses to cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. What distinguishes an oncology social worker from a mental health practitioner is that, although they are both counseling disciplines, their training is quite different. For oncology social workers, we are trained to be in the very environment that we are serving, such as right here in the cancer institute, being housed on the patient floors, in dialysis, etc.

    Q: What training is needed to become a licensed social worker?

    A: A licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) is a master level social worker (MSW) that has gone through the clinical classes in the MSW program followed by two and a half years of clinical supervision. Then you take a licensure exam. In the state of Florida, an LCSW is able to use the title "Licensed Psychotherapist" because with the LCSW you can provide psychotherapy. All oncology social workers in the cancer institute are LCSW’s.

    Q: Who should see an oncology social worker?

    A: As far as oncology goes, everyone should see a social worker at least once after diagnosis. This way we are able to screen for an individual's needs and provide them with the appropriate resources they may not find on their own. I highly recommend individuals who have depression, stress, addictions and/or cognitive barriers to see a social worker.

    Q: How do I get in touch with an oncology social worker?

    A: The best way to get in touch with a social worker is in the very beginning, when you are discovering your oncology team. Our social workers are part of that team -- we have a social worker in every clinic and as a result, patients can use them as a valuable resource. Even if you may not need a social worker at that moment, it's so important to know that you always have that resource available to you. If you are a cancer survivor or are currently undergoing treatment, have you used a social worker? What was your experience? If you would like to contact a social worker, call (407) 303-1700. For resources, including additional information on social workers, support groups and programs, visit Florida Hospital Cancer Institute Support Services.

  • POSTED BY: Suneeta Brito,MD

    Screening Your Sun Safety Just In Time For Summer Fun

    Its time to learn how to better protect our kids from the harmful UV Rays

  • POSTED BY: Brian Ware, DO

    Five (5) Tips for (1) Super and Safe 4th of July

    Five (5) Tips for (1) Super and Safe 4th of July

  • POSTED BY: Naomi Wittenstein

    Taylor's Bounce Back

    When Taylor started feeling out of breath, he knew something was wrong.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Solving Digestive Disorders

    Digestive discomfort: everybody has it, but no one wants to talk about it. But if you are among the 70 million men and women whose lives are disrupted by a diagnosable digestive disorder, it’s time to open up to your physician.

  • POSTED BY: FLorida Hospital Tampa

    Third-Hand Smoke

    You’ve heard about second-hand smoke, but we’re now learning about the dangers of third-hand smoke. Third-hand smoke is nicotine residue from tobacco smoke that clings to hair, clothes, carpets, furniture and other objects indoors.

  • POSTED BY: Florida Hospital Tampa

    Stand Up For Your Health

    Being glued to your seat at work may score you points with the boss, but you could be damaging your health. Add in commute time and watching TV at home, Americans spend a lot of time sitting down.

    Sitting for long periods of time can increase your risk of developing cancer even if you’re otherwise fit.