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Lifestyle Tips for Heart Healthy Women

Heart hospitals across the country are working to raise awareness about the impact of lifestyle choices on women’s heart health. Events like the health expo at Riverside Community Hospital are excellent opportunities to get health screenings and essential information about heart health. If you do currently have a cardiac condition, consider speaking with a physician at our heart hospital in Riverside.

Limit Alcohol Consumption
Heavy alcohol use can increase the risk of cardiomyopathy, which refers to diseases that affect the heart muscle. Cardiomyopathy may involve the thickening, enlarging, or increased rigidity of the heart muscle. Consuming alcohol regularly can also increase blood pressure and binge drinking can cause heart arrhythmias. Heart health experts recommend that women either avoid alcohol entirely or limit their consumption to no more than one drink per day. However, your doctor may urge you to avoid alcohol completely if you already have cardiomyopathy, heart failure, high blood pressure, heart arrhythmia, high triglycerides, or other medical conditions.

Get Enough Sleep
When women think about making heart-healthy lifestyle choices, dietary choices and exercise often come to mind. The importance of sleep might not be as well-known, but it certainly plays a role in heart health. Poor sleep quality and quantity can increase the risk of hypertension and weight gain. Additionally, feeling exhausted can lead to poor lifestyle choices such as skipping workouts and indulging in junk food. For better heart health, make getting enough sleep a priority.

Manage Stress Responses
Stress management is another healthy lifestyle choice that often plays second fiddle to diet and exercise. Stress can influence heart health because a typical stress response for many people might involve eating comfort food, having trouble sleeping, drinking alcohol, or smoking cigarettes. Additionally, women are more likely than men to experience broken heart syndrome or stress-induced cardiomyopathy. This is characterized by sudden chest pain and sometimes short-term heart muscle failure. Stress-induced cardiomyopathy can be caused by significant life events, such as the death of a loved one or a divorce. Because of the health risks of chronic stress and acute stress episodes, good stress management should be a priority for every woman.

The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is an accredited Chest Pain Center that provides technologically advanced, life-saving interventions such as open heart surgery, stent grafting, and the MAZE procedure. At our HeartCare Institute in Riverside, patients receive a continuum of care—from diagnostics to cardiac rehabilitation. Please call 911 if you think you are experiencing a heart attack; otherwise, call (951) 788-3463 to request a referral to a specialist at the HeartCare Institute.

What to Expect in a Trauma Center

Patients with critical and life-threatening medical conditions require the specialized care that can be found in a trauma center. In the Riverside area, emergency responders can bring critically injured patients to the Level II Trauma Center at Riverside Community Hospital. You can watch this featured video to hear a registered nurse at our Trauma Center describe a patient’s journey from ER to resuscitation room to hospital admittance.

Emergency Transport
A patient’s trauma care actually begins before he or she reaches the hospital. The emergency response team notifies the Trauma Center that a critically ill patient will be arriving soon. Based on the information provided by the emergency responders, the appropriate members of the trauma team will assemble at the resuscitation bay in the ER. Trauma specialists may also begin preparing the operating suite.

Resuscitation Room
Patients who need trauma care typically require immediate stabilization. At the resuscitation room, the trauma team may need to clear the patient’s airway, administer oxygen, stabilize the core body temperature, switch intravenous (IV) lines, and stop heavy bleeding. Until they definitively know otherwise, trauma specialists proceed under the assumption that all trauma patients need oxygen, are bleeding, have a cervical spine injury, and, if patients are unconscious, have brain injuries.

Operating Suite
It’s not unusual for trauma patients to proceed directly from the resuscitation bay to an operating suite. Trauma Centers feature dedicated operating suites that are available 24/7. The goal is to administer surgical interventions as quickly as possible to save lives and support best outcomes. Trauma surgeons may perform procedures such as an appendectomy, limb amputation, tracheostomy, and many others. Trauma surgeons work with car crash victims, survivors of farming or industrial accidents, and victims of acts of violence, along with many others.

Hospital Admittance
Once the patient has received the immediate treatment he or she needs, the trauma team may transfer the patient to the intensive care unit (ICU) or to the medical/surgical floor. In the ICU, the patient receives intensive, close monitoring. Patients who are in stable condition and have been transferred to a bed will progress through their recovery with the help of a multidisciplinary team. This team may include occupational, physical, or speech therapists, and other specialists.

If you or someone else is experiencing a medical emergency in Riverside, please call 911 without delay. For general information about the services available at Riverside Community Hospital , call (951) 788-3463 and speak with a registered nurse. In addition to protocols-driven trauma care, our hospital provides robotic surgery, organ transplants, and other specialty services.

Why Is It Important to Recognize Heart Attack Symptoms?

Heart attacks can present themselves in surprising ways. They don’t just affect older men and they aren’t always indicated by crushing chest pain or pressure. A heart attack can affect virtually anyone, including young adults in their 20s. But there is one thing that all heart attack patients have in common: They all require emergency medical intervention. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our heart care team encourages our neighbors to become aware of the signs and symptoms of heart attacks. Getting to our heart hospital quickly via an ambulance can not only save lives, but may also reduce the risk of post-heart attack complications.

Heart Failure
A heart attack occurs when blood supply to the heart is disrupted, such as when a blood clot blocks a coronary artery. The longer the heart is deprived of oxygen-rich blood, the more damage it can sustain. Damage to the heart tissue can impair the organ’s ability to pump enough blood to meet the body’s demands. This condition is known as heart failure. Some heart attack patients suffer temporary heart failure, while others develop chronic heart failure.

Heart Arrhythmia
The damage inflicted on the heart muscle can lead to other complications besides heart failure. Damaged heart tissue can disrupt the electrical signals that the heart relies on to contract and pump blood. This causes an arrhythmia, which is a heart rate that is too fast, too slow, or irregular. An arrhythmia can be minor or life-threatening. It may cause symptoms such as chest pain, dizziness, heart palpitations, fatigue, and shortness of breath.

Heart Rupture
Heart rupture is a serious complication that may affect a relatively small number of heart attack patients. A heart rupture may occur in cases of significant damage to the heart muscle. It generally develops within one to five days of the cardiac event. This condition, which involves the rupturing of the heart muscles, walls, or valves, can be fatal.

The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is a leading provider of cardiac care for the Inland Empire. Our heart hospital is proud to serve our Riverside community by providing access to the latest medical innovations and advanced interventions. Direct all medical emergencies to a 911 dispatcher; non-emergent questions may be directed to a registered nurse at our heart hospital by calling (951) 788-3463.

When Should You Seek Medical Care for a Stroke?

Stroke is often referred to as a “brain attack” because it involves the disruption of the blood supply to the brain. When brain tissue is deprived of oxygen-rich blood, it begins to die. Stroke can be fatal. Even when stroke patients survive, they often face a lifetime of physical and cognitive disabilities. This is why it’s essential to get emergency care without delay when stroke symptoms develop. The sooner a patient reaches a Certified Primary Stroke Center such as Riverside Community Hospital, the better the chances of survival are.

Identify the Signs
When you watch this featured video, you’ll hear a registered nurse at Riverside Community Hospital explain some of the common signs of stroke. These include one-sided weakness, confusion, walking difficulties, and speech problems. Stroke care experts teach their communities to use the F.A.S.T. acronym to simplify the recognition of stroke symptoms. The letters stand for face, arms, speech, and time. If you think someone is having a stroke, ask that person to smile and observe whether one side of the smile droops downward. Ask the person to raise both arms so that they are parallel to the floor and observe whether one arm drifts downward. These signs, along with slurred speech, indicate that a stroke may be occurring and time is of the essence. In addition to these stroke signs, this life-threatening condition may cause dizziness, visual impairments, loss of balance, impaired coordination, and a sudden, severe headache.

Know What to Do
Never wait to see if these signs and symptoms will dissipate; it’s essential to call 911 immediately. The longer the blood supply to the brain tissue is cut off, the more brain damage there will be. People who are suffering a stroke may have trouble getting to the phone. This is one reason why seniors are advised to wear medical alert buttons to summon emergency help from wherever they are. After calling 911 or pressing a medical alert button, the patient should lie down and turn his or her head to the side. Never take aspirin for a stroke and avoid swallowing anything else while waiting for emergency responders.

The stroke care team at Riverside Community Hospital urges our neighbors to call 911 immediately if any potential signs of stroke develop. It’s our mission to save lives, improve long-term outcomes, and connect patients with resources and information necessary to reduce the risk of stroke. For non-emergent questions about our hospital services in Riverside, call a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463.

When Is a Fall a Serious Injury?

In many cases, a fall is not a serious problem. It may cause a few bumps and bruises that heal by themselves within a matter of days. But for some patients, injuries from falls can lead to hospitalizations, long-term disability, or even death. It’s important to know when to seek emergency care at Riverside Community Hospital.

When Serious Injuries Are Evident
A fall can cause a wide range of injuries, most notably fractures and head injuries. An emergency medicine physician can diagnose, stabilize, and treat patients who have sustained bone fractures and concussions, as well as less severe injuries like sprains. Bone fractures are generally indicated by an inability to use or place weight on the affected body part. Patients may feel intense pain and notice swelling or signs of deformity. Head injuries can be less obvious, since they do not always involve bleeding lacerations of the head. A concussion occurs when the brain moves around inside the skull, striking the interior walls of the skull and inflicting damage. This can cause problems such as dizziness, loss of consciousness, and confusion.

When It Affects a Pediatric or Geriatric Patient
Unfortunately, not all patients are able to clearly articulate their symptoms. When a young child falls, it’s wise to take the precautionary measure of bringing him or her to the ER—just in case. The ER physician can determine if the child has sustained internal injuries. Seniors are at a particularly high risk of falls, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), fewer than half of seniors who fall inform a doctor. Since seniors have a higher risk of bone fractures due to osteoporosis, it’s advisable for them to seek a medical evaluation after every fall.

When It’s a Fall from an Elevated Position
Even when an individual has an average risk of sustaining serious injuries from a fall, a fall from an elevation can inflict considerable damage such as internal bleeding. Internal injuries may be indicated by dizziness, fainting, lightheadedness, and pain. For individuals who are taking blood-thinning medications, it’s particularly important to seek emergency medical care when internal injuries are suspected.

If you or a loved one is experiencing a true medical emergency, please call 911 without delay. For non-emergent inquiries about the medical services available in Riverside, call a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463. Riverside Community Hospital is a leading provider of high-quality emergency care, family medicine, and specialty medical services.

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