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    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 1 month 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.

    Diabetes-Friendly Dishes to Try in the New Year

    Last updated 2 months ago

    If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, your physician or dietitian can help you learn about making healthy food choices. It’s important to select a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins. When you watch this video, you’ll see a demonstration of a recipe that meets all of these requirements. Chef Steve walks viewers through the step-by-step preparation of his grilled seafood and quinoa salad with mango and avocado.

    To prepare this delicious dish, use a grill pan on your stove to grill shrimp and scallops. Cook quinoa just as you would prepare rice. Combine the quinoa with some black beans, peppers, fresh tomatoes, scallions, avocado, mango, and a citrus dressing. You can even add some minced jalapenos if you enjoy spicy foods. Toss all of these ingredients together with your grilled seafood for a light dinner.

    Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to serve our community members with comprehensive diabetes services, including consultations and diabetes education for our hospitalized patients. Riverside residents who have questions about our services, including robotic surgery and bariatric weight loss, can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (951) 788-3000.

    Recipe Ideas to Use after Bariatric Surgery

    Last updated 2 months ago

    Bariatric weight loss requires an ongoing commitment to healthy lifestyle choices. After undergoing bariatric weight loss surgery, you may wish to work with a dietitian to help you adhere to a healthy meal plan. One way to maintain your weight loss is to find healthier substitutes for the foods you enjoy, such as pasta.

    Instead of starchy noodles, try cooking some barley along with a low-sodium bouillon cube. Barley is a whole grain, which means it will release energy slowly instead of spiking your blood sugar. Combine some ground turkey with your favorite spices, such as garlic, onion, parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Form into meatballs and sauté for about 10 minutes or until fully cooked. Heat some low-sodium marinara sauce, combine with the cooked barley and meatballs, and serve with a side of greens.

    Bariatric weight loss patients can find the support and patient education they need at Riverside Community Hospital. To speak with a registered nurse about the healthcare services at our hospital, call (951) 788-3000.

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