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    Hear One Woman's Stroke Recovery Story

    Last updated 4 months ago

    A stroke can strike without warning. Fast recognition of the signs and urgent medical care are essential for good outcomes. In this video, hear the amazing story of one stroke survivor, from the first signs of trouble to her treatment and recovery.

    Julie’s stroke happened while she was out for lunch. Fast action by her friend and the restaurant manager got her to the hospital quickly, where she received life-saving treatments. Within days, despite suffering a massive stroke, she was back home with her family and was soon back to living a healthy life.

    If you or someone you love is experiencing stroke symptoms, get to the ER at Riverside Community Hospital right away. We’re equipped to handle a range of medical emergencies in our trauma center and heart hospital. Learn more by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    Making Better Dietary Choices with Healthy Proteins

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When it comes to good nutrition, protein is often misunderstood. Some people believe that proteins will increase their cholesterol levels and risk of developing heart disease. In reality, it all comes down to the kinds of proteins you pick. The right proteins can be a very important part of a healthy eating plan. In fact, proteins play a central role in the post-bariatric surgery eating plan we recommend to patients at Riverside Community Hospital. Here is your guide to incorporating proteins into your diet the right way.

    What Are Proteins?

    Protein sources include foods that come from animals, such as beef, poultry, eggs, and seafood, as well as beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products. Foods rich in protein support muscle growth and heart health. Eating proteins can also help you manage your weight.

    How Much Protein Should I Eat?

    Most people should aim to get between 10 and 35 percent of their daily calories from protein. That breaks down to about 46 grams per day for women and 56 grams for men. It is easy to reach these healthy levels of protein by including a serving per meal. Check nutrition labels to see how much protein is in the foods you’re eating. A three-ounce piece of lean meat provides about 21 grams of protein, while a cup of dry beans has around 16 grams. Some people, like women who are pregnant, athletes, and those who have had bariatric surgery, may need more protein, so always consult with your doctor.

    What Proteins Should I Eat?

    When choosing proteins, always pick lean cuts of meat and poultry. Broil, bake, or grill instead of frying. Pick low-fat dairy products and beans without added sugars. Avoid processed meats, like cold cuts, that have added sodium.

    Discover the power of healthy eating with the help of Riverside Community Hospital. All of our bariatric surgery patients get full nutritional support, and we offer nutrition education to the Riverside community through regular classes and our H2U services. Our hospital has a comprehensive range of services ranging from our heart hospital to robotic surgery and organ transplant. Find out more by calling (951) 788-3463.  

    How Does Your Diet Affect Your Stroke Risk?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Stroke is the third leading cause of death in the U.S. for men and women alike. Doctors suspect that one of the reasons why strokes are so common is obesity. Although you can’t entirely eradicate your risk of having a stroke, you can significantly reduce it by adopting healthy eating habits and maintaining a healthy weight.

    If you want to cut your chances of having a stroke, start by cutting fried foods from your diet. These foods contribute to high cholesterol and obesity-related conditions like high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes, which can all increase your risk of stroke. Fatty cuts of red meat, processed meats, salt, and even diet soda have all been linked higher incidences of strokes.

    Strokes require immediate medical intervention. If you or someone you care about experiences telltale stroke symptoms like facial drooping, slurred speech, or arm weakness, go to the ER at Riverside Community Hospital right away. You can learn about all of the services at our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3463. 

    What Can a Healthy Diet Do For Your Brain?

    Last updated 4 months ago

    When most people think about the benefits of sticking to a healthy diet, they think of things like heart health and weight loss. However, did you know that what you eat can also help keep your brain healthy? A growing body of evidence suggests that eating certain foods can improve brain functioning, protect you from stroke, and help to stave off Alzheimer’s disease. Put these nutrition tips into action to preserve your brain health.

    Choose Dark-Skinned Fruits and Vegetables

    Any fruits and vegetables you add to your diet are good news for your health, but the dark-skinned ones are especially good for your brain health. That is because dark-skinned fruits and vegetables have the highest levels of antioxidants that protect your brain. When selecting fruits, choose things like berries, prunes, plums, red grapes, and cherries. For vegetables, dish up kale, spinach, beets, and red bell peppers.

    Eat Cold-Water Fish

    Cold-water fish, like salmon, halibut, trout, and tuna, have high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s can help to reduce the risk of cardiovascular issues that can lead to stroke. Aim to eat these fish a few times per week. If you aren’t a fan of fish, you can get the same benefits by adding walnuts to your diet and taking an omega-3 supplement. However, be sure to check with your doctor before adding any supplements to avoid interactions with your existing medications.

    Watch Your Caloric Intake

    Maintaining a healthy weight is important for brain health. When you’re obese, you have an increased risk of stroke and dementia. Eat a balanced diet filled with plant-based foods, low-fat dairy, whole grains, and lean proteins. Consider talking to your doctor about a healthy calorie range for you. Managing your weight reduces your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease, which can all impact brain health.

    Make an appointment with a physician at Riverside Community Hospital to learn more about adopting a healthy eating plan and the benefits of nutrition for your brain. At our Riverside hospital, you will also find a heart hospital, robotic surgery, OBGYN care, and much more. To make an appointment, call (951) 788-3463. 

    A Look at the FDA Ban on Trans Fats

    Last updated 4 months ago

    Trans fats have long been used as an additive to increase the shelf life of certain foods. They are also used in cooking, particularly in fast food restaurants. However, thanks to the direct link between trans fats and heart disease, the FDA is cracking down and taking steps to outlaw the use of trans fats in foods.

    Although some trans fats occur naturally in foods, the substance that the FDA is tackling is created when hydrogen is added to liquid oils to turn them into a solid. Margarine and shortening are two prime examples. This process allows food to last longer on store shelves. It also acts as a flavor enhancer. The FDA has labeled trans fats as not “generally recognized as safe,” a distinction that is the first step towards banning trans fats from the food supply.

    Avoiding trans fats is an important step in protecting your heart health. For patients already dealing with heart disease, Riverside Community Hospital’s heart hospital offers a range of effective treatment options. Find out more about our Riverside hospital by calling (951) 788-3463. 

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