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While many people know the common signs of stroke, such as slurred speech or facial drooping, it’s just as important to know stroke risk factors. By understanding the circumstances that can lead to stroke, you have the power to control your risk factors and encourage others to do the same. Riverside Community Hospital provides comprehensive stroke care for patients, and we strive to educate residents on how to avoid suffering from this potentially fatal condition. The following takes a look at ways you can avoid stroke.
Reassess Your Lifestyle Habits
What you put into your body has a resounding impact on your likelihood of experiencing stroke. For example, a high-calorie diet that leads to excessive weight or obesity raises your chances of stroke. Heavy alcohol consumption can also increase your chances of suffering a blood clot or rupture in the brain. Smoking can have a significant impact on the circulatory system, which in turn may trigger stroke. To minimize your stroke risk, eliminate behaviors that put you in danger.
Limit Your Cholesterol Intake
Even if you are at your doctor’s recommended weight, you may be eating foods that cause elevated cholesterol levels. Butter, bacon, and baked goods contain high amounts of saturated fat and trans fat, which contain LDL cholesterol. LDL cholesterol can clog arteries and contribute to clots and ruptures in the brain. By lowering your LDL cholesterol intake, you also decrease your risk of stroke.
Control Your Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is another factor that may put you in danger of stroke. Though measures such as maintaining a healthy weight and eating nutritious foods can decrease high blood pressure, only a medical professional can accurately assess your condition and determine if additional treatment is needed. If you believe you might have high blood pressure, consult your physician.
Don’t let stroke unravel your health. To make an appointment for a blood pressure screening and stroke assessment, call Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3463. Patients on their way to our emergency care center can also use our iTriage Symptom Checker to alert our staff to their arrival.
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On May 22, local EMS provider American Medical Response (AMR), in cooperation with Riverside Community Hospital (RCH), will provide free training to local residents and teach them to save lives through compression-only CPR. The event is part of AMR’s nationwide observance of National Emergency Medical Services Week with events being held in 40 states.
Compression-only CPR allows bystanders to keep life-saving blood flowing through a victim’s body just by pressing on the chest in a hard, fast rhythm. Bystanders who provide compression-only CPR can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chances of survival. Local schools and businesses are expected to participate in the event.
WHAT: AMR and RCH will provide free CPR training
WHEN: May 22nd, 2013 from 2 pm until 5 pm
WHERE: Riverside Community Hospital adjacent to the front entrance; 4445 Magnolia Avenue Riverside, CA. 92501
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Orthopedics refers to the care of patients who have suffered illness or injury relating to the bones, muscles, or soft tissues. Though most orthopedic physicians will recommend conservative treatment measures like physical therapy before advising more invasive care, some conditions may necessitate surgery. In particular, patients who have suffered severe trauma to the knee or hip may require orthopedic surgery to replace the damaged joint with a prosthetic substitute. Individuals with spinal issues may also be candidates for orthopedic surgery. If you have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease or a severely herniated disc, your doctor may recommend disc replacement surgery or spinal fusion, which removes the damaged disc and bonds the vertebrae adjacent to it. As with any major surgical procedure, be sure to thoroughly discuss your expectations and concerns with a physician before undergoing orthopedic surgery.
Riverside Community Hospital’s orthopedic department offers the highest level of care for patients with bone and soft tissue problems. To learn more about the services provided by our Riverside medical center, call (951) 788-3463. We can help you regain your mobility and quality of life.
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The choice to become an organ donor can one day save of dozens of lives. However, deciding to donate your organs requires some forethought on your part. First, you must register your decision with your state or on your driver’s license. You may also want to record your wishes with an organ transplant center, like Riverside Community Hospital. Second, you must discuss your choice with your loved ones. Though you may feel strongly about donating your organs, your family may need to give consent upon your death, which underscores the importance of letting them know your decision. The following questions and answers can further help you understand the process of organ donation.
Who is eligible to be an organ donor?
Any person has the potential to become an organ donor. Organ donation does not discriminate based on age, ethnicity, or gender. The only consideration is the health and quality of the organs to be donated. With a parent’s consent, even those under the age of 18 can give the gift of life to another through organ donation.
Which organs can be donated to others?
Up to a half-dozen different organs, including the lungs, heart, and kidneys, can be used for donation. Many body tissues can be donated as well. Skin, bones, blood vessels, and even corneas can be given to another person. When you have a baby, you can also donate your umbilical cord blood.
To whom do donated organs go?
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, over 100,000 people in the United States are currently waiting for an organ transplant. Each individual who requires a donation is placed on an organ transplant list according to need. Neither national status nor wealth is ever a consideration when it comes to who receives a life-saving organ.
Riverside Community Hospital, which is the only organ transplant facility in all of Riverside County, urges the public to learn more about the benefits of organ donation. To speak with a Riverside Community Hospital associate about becoming an organ donor, call (951) 788-3463.
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Jaundice is a common yet treatable condition among newborn babies. This video explains the dangers of jaundice and ways to treat it.
Some people may recognize jaundice by the appearance of yellowish skin and eyes. Babies in particular are susceptible to jaundice, which occurs when bilirubin levels are too high. Should a newborn contract jaundice, it’s vital that he receive treatment, as elevated bilirubin can lead to brain damage. To prevent jaundice complications, have your physician perform a jaundice bilirubin test before leaving the hospital and schedule a follow-up appointment within two days of your hospital discharge.
Riverside Community Hospital can help parents and their newborns stay healthy. For more information on the services offered to families in the greater Riverside area, call (951) 788-3463.