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    Essential Nutrients: Getting Back What Your Body Lacks [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Last updated 7 months ago

    March is National Nutrition Month, which means it’s a great time to take a look at what you put into your body. There are many vitamins and minerals that you need so that your body can work properly. A lack of any of these nutrients may lead to health problems, and could even cause you to end up at your local hospital in Riverside. Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to asthma, rickets, and even cancer, while a lack of vitamin C may lead to fatigue, mood swings, and weight loss. In this infographic from Riverside Community Hospital, you’ll get a closer look at some of the vitamins you need for optimal health and discover how to boost your diet with vitamin-rich foods. Many of these foods are also great for your heart and your overall wellness. Please share this important info with your friends and family!

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    Looking for a Heart Healthy Snack? Reach for Roasted Nuts

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Eating a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways to prevent heart disease, and a recent study shows that people who eat nuts regularly are 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease. Read on to learn how a few servings of nuts can provide a much-needed boost in nutrients.

    A daily serving of one to one and a half ounces of nuts can provide plenty of unsaturated fats to help your body lower its LDL cholesterol. Any type of nut can be healthy as long as it’s raw or roasted, but be aware that serving sizes vary depending on the size of the nut; an ounce of pistachios is about 48 kernels, an ounce of almonds is 22 kernels, and an ounce of walnuts is 14 halves.

    Heart disease symptoms are difficult to identify, which is why it’s important to schedule regular heart screenings with a trusted specialist. Riverside Community Hospital is committed to providing a superior level of healthcare throughout Riverside County, and our HeartCare Institute is fully equipped to handle a wide range of cardiac emergencies. Call (951) 788-3463 with questions about our services.

    Bad Habits to Break for Your Heart Health

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Developing healthy diet and exercise habits are great for lowering your risk of heart disease, but they aren’t as effective if you also indulge in plenty of not-so-healthy habits. Developing healthy habits while getting rid of others can seem daunting at first, but there are ways to make the transition to a heart-healthy lifestyle easier:

    Just as it takes a long time to develop unhealthy habits, it also takes time to cultivate healthy ones—approximately 60 to 90 days for most people. However, good habits are ultimately easier to live with than bad ones, and the payoff is well worth it if you stick to your goals. Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up, but be tenacious about making healthy choices a priority in your everyday schedule.

    Setting Difficult Goals
    It’s important to set small and realistic goals at first. Quitting long-term habits such as drinking and smoking “cold turkey” can set yourself up for big discouragement if you make a mistake. Many people find that cutting down on bad habits gradually eases the side effects and provides more motivation to pursue their health goals, though medical intervention may be necessary to control the health effects of more severe withdrawal.

    Letting Exercise Become Boring
    Exercise doesn’t have to be boring or embarrassing. Get outside and enjoy the sights of a popular running or biking trail, or take the chance to try out new hobbies, such as water sports or backpacking. If you prefer indoor exercise, try setting up a TV or book in front of your exercise station to stave off boredom. The most important thing is to stick to the routine and avoid making excuses.

    Riverside Community Hospital is an award-winning hospital in Riverside County, and we have the resources and experience to provide high-quality emergency care and personalized ongoing treatment. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for more health tips and call our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3463 with any healthcare questions.

    Discover the Truth Behind Common Heart Health Myths

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Dieting is a great way to control your weight and lower your risk of heart disease, but there is plenty misinformation about what is and is not healthy for your heart. A heart-healthy diet isn’t all about losing weight; it should also satisfy all your nutritional needs. Get the facts about heart-healthy dieting with this brief guide from Riverside Community Hospital:

    Myth: A Low-Fat Diet Is All You Need to Prevent Heart Disease
    Fatty foods and high cholesterol are certainly major risk factors for heart disease, but there are good and bad types of fat and cholesterol. Saturated fats, trans fats, and LDL cholesterol can cause plaque to build up in your veins and arteries, increasing your risk for heart attack and stroke. However, HDL cholesterol and unsaturated fats can help lower LDL cholesterol.

    Myth: Dieting Isn’t Important If You Exercise Regularly
    Exercising can burn off extra calories, but it won’t necessarily address all the effects of poor dieting. A diet high in LDL cholesterol and trans fats but low in essential nutrients can make it difficult for you to maintain a consistent exercise routine and cause harmful plaque to build up in your arteries.

    Myth: Vitamins and Supplements Alone Can Control Heart Disease Risk.
    Just as exercise alone won’t erase all of the effects of a poor diet, there is also no scientific evidence proving that vitamins and supplements alone can prevent or treat heart disease. Be aware that holistic supplements are not strictly regulated by the FDA, and certain types can react with over-the-counter medications. That’s why it’s important to work with a doctor to develop a healthy diet and exercise plan for your individual medical needs.

    Riverside Community Hospital has been providing families throughout Riverside County with reliable and high-quality healthcare since 1901, and we are committed to maintaining our role as a trusted healthcare provider with our state-of-the-art facilities and personalized care. Connect with us online for more health tips, or contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3463 for a physician referral.

    Is Your Weight Putting Your Heart at Risk?

    Last updated 8 months ago

    Being overweight isn’t just a cosmetic problem. Over time, it can significantly increase your risk of heart disease. The symptoms of heart disease are often unnoticeable, since they tend to resemble the effects of normal fatigue and stress, but blockages in your arteries can result in serious complications, such as stroke or heart attack. Learn more about the health risks of obesity below:

    Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes is a condition where the body is unable to produce enough insulin to control blood sugar levels. Diabetes is a major risk factor of heart disease—in fact, a person with diabetes is two to four times more likely to die from heart attack or stroke than a person without it. A poor diet can also lead to various other metabolic complications, such as high triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, and low HDL (good) cholesterol.

    Coronary Artery Disease
    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a condition where plaque builds up in the arteries and reduces blood flow to the heart (atherosclerosis). This reduced blood flow can result in angina (chest pain), heart attack, or heart failure. CAD is currently the #1 cause of death in American men and women.

    Obesity Hypoventilation Syndrome
    Obesity hypoventilation syndrome (OHS) is a breathing disorder that can impair lung function, causing the blood to have too much carbon dioxide and too little oxygen. If left untreated, OHS can lead to swelling in the legs, pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the lung arteries), cor pulmonale (failure of the right side of the heart), and even death.

    Aside from affecting the heart, obesity also raises a person’s risk for various types of cancer and other health conditions. At Riverside Community Hospital, we understand the difficulty of maintaining significant and long-term weight loss, and our specialists at the Surgical Center for Weight Loss can help you explore your options for addressing the health risks of obesity. To inquire about our services or to schedule an appointment with a specialist, call (951) 788-3463.

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