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Dr. Gloria Mendizabal-Piedra MD

(305) 823-2433

3986 W. 16 Avenue | Hialeah, FL 33012

Family Health

May is Stroke Awareness Month: Learn the Warning Signs

may is stroke awareness month

Strokes are among the leading causes of death and disability in the United States. They can happen suddenly and with little warning and can affect people at any age. Just this year, 52-year-old Luke Perry and 51-year-old director John Singleton died after suffering a stroke. If someone near you was having a stroke would you know how to help? If not, it’s crucial to learn the warning signs. What are the Signs of a Stroke? Common signs are slurred speech, sudden weakness on one side of the body, severe headaches, trouble with balance, loss of vision.  The easiest way to… Read More

Is There a Link Between Sleep Duration and Diabetes?

sleep duration and diabetes

When you think about diabetes and the causes of it, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that it involves your diet. It makes sense. Diabetes is a disease involving your blood sugar or glucose. You get glucose from the foods you eat. Glucose needs the hormone insulin to get into your cells to give them energy which is what you need to keep you going. There are different types of diabetes, the most common one being type-2 diabetes, where your body doesn’t make insulin the way it should. When the body doesn’t have enough insulin, your glucose… Read More

April is National Minority Health Month: Are You at Risk for a Chronic Disease?

national minority health month

There seems to be inequality in healthcare, especially when it comes to racial and ethnic minorities, in the United States.  Several medical conditions affect ethnic and racial populations disproportionately. Some of the most common causes of sickness, disability, and death are heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Visiting an experienced doctor in Hialeah, who’s familiar with these health issues, is a great first start to optimal health. Health Disparities Are Real Here are numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and other health organizations, on health disparities faced by racial and ethnic minorities. African Americans are 40… Read More

It’s National Minority Cancer Awareness Week: Learn How to Lower Your Risk

national minority cancer awareness week

Cancer is the second-leading cause of death in the world, and according to the American Cancer Society, cancer death rates are dropping in the U.S. However, over 600 thousand people are expected to die of cancer this year. Cancer affects different populations differently, and minority groups in the U.S. are affected disproportionately. This is National Minority Cancer Awareness Week (April 8 – 14).  We’re all about awareness and optimal health at GMP Medical in Hialeah, and we want to share with you some tips on how to lower your risk for cancer.            Health Disparities and Cancer Cancer facts and… Read More

It’s National Sleep Awareness Week: Are You Getting Enough ZZZ’s?

national sleep awareness week

We all want it and need it, but not everyone gets it. We’re talking about a good night’s sleep.  Did you have a good rest, last night? If not – and that’s happening on a regular basis – that could lead to some serious health issues, and more. Good sleep health is connected to good health. Sleeping is a necessity, but yet, many of us have a hard time falling asleep or even staying sleep. An estimated 10 percent of the population suffers from chronic insomnia. If you’re not getting enough sleep, talk to us about how we can remedy… Read More

How Does an EKG Monitor Your Heart?

EKG Monitor

EKG – Electrocardiogram, a term we’ve all heard tossed about in hospital drama programs on television. But what is an EKG monitor exactly? To put it in simple terms, an electrocardiogram is a technological device used by medical professionals to detect a possible heart condition. It works by measuring the electrical activity of your heart. Does an EKG Hurt? No. The test is non-invasive, does not involve any needles and only takes a few minutes. It is a fairly easy test where four-to-six leads (cables) on certain areas of your chest. The leads measure electrical output and record the findings…. Read More

The Most Common Food Allergies and Symptoms

common food allergies

People are always finding themselves either feeling great or run down after eating different types of foods. Some wonder why their energy levels are like a rollercoaster ride after a solid meal. One reason has to do with food allergies. At GMP Medical, we take people through tests and evaluations to discover what allergies they may have within their bodies. What Is A Food Allergy? A food allergy is an immune system reaction that happens soon after eating certain foods. Nausea, breathing issues, or fainting spells are some side effects to common food allergies. Maybe you never have actually thought… Read More

What to Look for in a Primary Care Physician

what look for Primary Care Physician

Knowing what to look for in a primary care physician isn’t always easy. There are many different medical doctors and types of practices. However, doing your research will pay off when choosing a primary care doctor, as they will help guide you through urgent health matters and aging. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that preventative health measures are your best bet to ward off chronic disease. Statistics indicate that chronic disease is responsible for 7 of every 10 American deaths each year. Take a moment to evaluate your own personal needs. Let’s outline some key areas… Read More

Illness Vs Disease: Understanding The Differences

illness vs disease

Understanding the difference between illness and disease is a matter of educating about the nature of both. Although the two terms are interchanged carelessly in many conversations when describing a reference of sickness, they are represented by two distinct definitions: Illness is suffering from something that makes one sick. Illnesses span during a precise period of time, meaning they have a beginning and an end. In layman’s terms, an illness is basically termed as an unwell or unhealthy state of mind or body. Disease falls under an entirely different classification. A disease is defined as suffering from a malfunctioning organism… Read More

Things To Do In Miami This Winter

Things To Do In Miami This Winter

Miami is an amazing place in the winter. Where the rest of the country struggles under the weight of snow and shivers in arctic temperatures, in South Florida, we can relax in the sun! If you’re looking to make the most of this time of year, here are five things to do in Miami this winter. Miami International Boat Show The premier boating even in South Florida, the Miami International Boat Show is back at the Miami Marine Stadium on Virginia Key. The five-day event, which runs from February 14-18 is the place to be for all things nautical. Showcasing… Read More