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    Stroke Warning Signs

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Stroke is the leading cause of disability and the fourth-leading cause of death in the United States. Because permanent brain damage can occur so quickly, spotting the signs of stroke and responding as soon as possible is crucial for effective treatment. This video provides a closer look at stroke symptoms as identified by actual survivors.

    Because stroke can affect different parts of the brain, individuals can experience vastly different symptoms, even if they’ve had a previous stroke. Victims often experience numbness in one half of the body, loss of speech or vision, vertigo, or a sudden headache.

    The team at the Riverside Community Hospital ER is always here to provide compassionate and high-quality emergency care to residents of Riverside, CA. Stay connected with us through our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3463, or take advantage of our free iTriage app.

    A Look at Life After Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 7 months ago

    For individuals with a long history of severe obesity, it’s often difficult to lose weight through traditional diet and exercise methods. Bariatric surgery is a viable long-term weight loss option for qualifying individuals, but it is not a quick fix. Various post-surgery lifestyle adjustments are necessary to reinforce positive outcomes and to prevent potential complications. To that end, the team at Riverside Community Hospital offers this general guide to living healthfully after bariatric surgery:

    Diet and Recovery
    Though your dietary needs will depend on your individual health history and the type of bariatric procedure you undergo, you must follow your doctor’s guidelines. General post-surgery dietary guidelines recommend that you chew thoroughly and eat slowly to aid digestion. It is also discouraged to avoid fluids while eating so you don’t feel full before you have eaten enough. Recovery times also vary depending on your physical condition and the type of procedure, but most patients return to work within one to three weeks after a laparoscopic gastric bypass. Patients who have an open procedure generally require about six weeks of recovery.

    Birth Control and Pregnancy
    Pregnancy has significant demands on the body, and the metabolic changes immediately after bariatric surgery can increase the risk of fetal damage until recovery is complete. Healthcare guidelines strongly recommend the most effective forms of birth control during the 16 to 24 months after surgery.

    Long-Term Follow-Up
    The short-term effects of bariatric surgery have been extensively researched, but periodic check-ups are still necessary to monitor any long-term effects on nutritional deficiencies. These check-ups generally involve checks for red blood cell, vitamin B12, folate, and iron levels and may be scheduled yearly or more often as necessary.

    The Riverside Community Hospital Center for Surgical Weight Loss can help you understand the health consequences of being overweight and explore your options for effective and long-term weight loss. We have access to the advanced equipment and resources necessary to provide optimal outcomes, faster recovery times, and ongoing support to all of our patients. To schedule a consultation with a specialist in your area, contact us at (951) 788-3463 today.

    The Relationship Between Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Diabetes is a condition in which the body is unable to produce or process adequate insulin, and patients often have difficulty controlling blood sugar and blood pressure. These factors significantly increase the risk of heart-related conditions later in life—in fact, people with diabetes are two to four times more likely to have heart disease or a stroke than those without the disease.

    Though diabetes is treatable, individuals with diabetes—particularly type 2 diabetes—often have contributing conditions that increase the risk of heart disease. It isn’t uncommon for individuals with diabetes to also have high blood pressure (hypertension), which is a recognized major risk factor of heart disease. Patients with diabetes often exhibit abnormal cholesterol and triglyceride levels similar to those found in patients with premature heart disease. Fortunately, most of the risk factors for heart disease can be controlled by working closely with a diabetes specialist.

    The team of Certified Diabetes Educators at Riverside Community Hospital has the background and resources to help patients with diabetes regain control over their health. To receive a physician referral, contact us at (951) 788-3463 today.

    What Is the Age of Your Child's Heart?

    Last updated 7 months ago

    Various factors such as heredity and lifestyle affect cardiovascular health. As a result, two people of the same age can have significantly different hearts. Learn more about the age of your child’s heart in this video.

    According to research from the American Heart Association, unhealthy teenagers can develop arterial conditions similar to those of a 45-year-old. Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in both men and women, and regular diet and exercise is crucial for minimizing long-term risk for various health conditions.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, we’re here to provide families throughout Riverside County with the resources and advanced treatments they need to stay healthy at all ages. Subscribe to our blog for lifestyle health tips and contact our 24-Hour Consult-a-Nurse Healthcare Referral line at (951) 788-3463 with any questions.

    Here's What Past Patients are Saying About the New CyberKnife Center at RCH.

    Last updated 7 months ago

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