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    National Nutrition Month: Getting to Know Good and Bad Fats

    Last updated 1 month ago

    National Nutrition Month, which takes place in March every year, is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the many benefits of healthy eating. While you may already know, particularly if you’ve visited a heart hospital, that following a low-fat diet is beneficial for your cardiovascular health. You may be less clear on exactly which types of fats you should eat however. Just as certain fats can harm your body, other fats are essential for its proper function.

    Saturated Fats

    Saturated fat is a type of fat that you should strive to minimize in your daily diet. The majority of saturated fats are found in animal sources, such as meat and dairy. Tropical oils, such as coconut oil and palm oils, also contain high amounts of saturated fats. Saturated fats are harmful for your body because they elevate levels of bad cholesterol while lowering levels of good cholesterol. Consuming a diet high in this type of fat can increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

    Trans Fats

    Trans fatty acids, or trans fats, are particularly dangerous for your health. Trans fats are found in vegetable oils that have undergone hydrogenation or partial hydrogenation. For example, you might see partially hydrogenated oil listed as an ingredient on a product. Trans fats have the same effect as saturated fats on your cholesterol levels; however, they also elevate your triglycerides, and increase your risk of heart attack, coronary heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.

    Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats

    Monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) and polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) are beneficial for your body. They can lower levels of bad cholesterol, and reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. These healthy fats are found in plant-based oils, fatty fish, seeds, and nuts. For example, avocados, walnuts, salmon, and olive oil are good sources of MUFAs and PUFAs.

    If you’ve been struggling with your weight, consider exploring The Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. In addition to bariatric weight loss, our community hospital offers Ob/Gyn care, robotic surgery, and organ transplants to members of the Riverside community and beyond. You can reach our Consult-A-Nurse referral line at (951) 788-3000 for more information.

    What to Do When Your Child Has an Ear Infection

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Children are particularly prone to suffering from ear infections, which occur when the middle ear becomes inflamed, fluid builds up behind the eardrum, and bacteria accumulate. If you notice signs of a possible ear infection, call your child’s pediatrician right away and bring your little one to the hospital. The physician may prescribe an antibiotic. If so, make sure your child takes the medication exactly as prescribed. Even if he or she appears to feel better, it’s critical to finish the full course of antibiotics. If your child doesn’t begin to feel better within a few days, call the hospital again.

    Some children are prone to developing many ear infections. To reduce your child’s risk of a recurrence, make sure he or she is not exposed to secondhand smoke. Additionally, never put young children to bed with a bottle. In severe cases, the doctor might recommend surgical intervention. This involves temporarily placing a small tube in the eardrum to prevent fluid accumulation.

    If your child suffers an ear infection or another medical problem, you can count on Riverside Community Hospital to provide exceptional care. Call our community hospital in Riverside at (951) 788-3000 and speak with a registered nurse.

    Adaptive Rehabilitation for Heart Health

    Last updated 1 month ago

    For many people, not having enough time or not finding exercise enjoyable are common reasons for a lack of physical activity. For individuals with disabilities, the reasons are much more complex. Physical activity is important for everyone to promote better heart health, which is why adaptive rehabilitation programs are so important. With adaptive rehabilitation and recreation programs, individuals with disabilities can not only improve their physical health, but also enjoy an enhanced quality of life.

    Watch this video to learn about an adaptive rowing program established at Jacksonville University. You’ll hear an interview with two of the men who play an integral role in the program and you’ll also hear the inspiring story of Laurie, a woman who is wheelchair-bound, yet found freedom and independence on the water.

    At Riverside Community Hospital, our team provides a comprehensive suite of healthcare services to help you live life to the fullest, including bariatric weight loss and heart health services. You can reach a registered nurse at our community hospital in Riverside by calling (951) 788-3000.

    4 Get-Healthy Tips for American Heart Month

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Did you know that February is American Heart Month? Heart hospitals across the country are urging people to learn more about the importance of caring for this vital organ. Even seemingly minor choices you make on a daily basis can have a significant effect on your heart health, such as whether you choose oatmeal or a pastry for breakfast, and whether you take the stairs or the elevator. If you’re concerned about your heart health, you can schedule an appointment at your community hospital to discuss your concerns.

    Quit Smoking

    Smokers have a much higher risk of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease (CHD), heart attack, and stroke, along with many other life-threatening medical problems. If you smoke, you should be aware that it’s never too late to quit. Your lungs will begin healing as soon as you cease smoking. You can find the resources you need to quit smoking at your community hospital.

    Reduce Sugar Intake

    Research suggests that consuming too much added sugar increases the risk of death from heart disease. A doctor at your local hospital might recommend keeping a food journal to track how much sugar you’re really consuming. Some common sources of added sugars include soda, sports drinks, dairy desserts, and breakfast cereals.

    Manage Stress

    Excessive or chronic stress can contribute to health problems, including hypertension. It can also predispose you toward making unhealthy lifestyle choices. If you’re struggling to manage your stress and anxiety, consider talking to your doctor about your treatment options and lifestyle changes that may help.

    Start a Walking Program

    Physicians often recommend a walking program to individuals who are new to fitness programs, since walking programs have a low “dropout” rate. Walking for at least 30 minutes each day can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, high blood sugar, coronary heart disease, and stroke.

    If you’re in need of a heart hospital in Riverside, look no further than the HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital. We’re committed to helping our neighbors live life well through better heart health. For more information on leading a heart-healthy lifestyle, call (951) 788-3000 and speak with a registered nurse at our community hospital.

    The Truth behind CPR Myths

    Last updated 2 months ago

    One of the most pervasive myths about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is that it’s easy to hurt someone by doing it without having the proper training. In fact, injuries such as broken ribs caused by CPR are uncommon. When they do occur, they are vastly preferable to death. You can watch this video to hear more about the importance of acting quickly when someone’s breathing ceases.

    You’ll hear the story of Jessica, who collapsed and stopped breathing when she was a teenager. Her mom quickly performed chest compressions, likely saving her life. Shortly thereafter, Jessica received an organ transplant. Today, she is a healthy adult who owes her life to CPR.

    Riverside Community Hospital provides Riverside County’s sole organ transplant program, serving the needs of those who require kidney transplants. You can visit our website to read more about organ transplants or call (951) 788-3000 to speak with a registered nurse.

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