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You've hit your head; should you go to the ER?

A bump on the head is something that happens to everyone eventually, but how do you know when hitting your head is a minor annoyance and when it is a serious injury that requires emergency care? It is a myth that your head injury isn’t serious if you don’t lose consciousness—in fact, some significant injuries can be caused by seemingly minor injuries. When should you go to the hospital after hitting your head? Here are some signs that you could benefit from emergency care.

You’re experiencing memory loss.
Are you struggling to remember how you hit your head? Is your memory of the event fuzzy? If you are experiencing any amount of memory loss surrounding the details of your injury, or even if you simply feel dazed or disoriented, go to the hospital.

Memory loss can indicate a brain injury has occurred. The only way to know for sure is to have a CT scan at a hospital, so doctors can look for any signs of damage to your brain.

You have a headache.
Bumping your head can cause a headache even when a brain injury is not present. The pressure from the hit can trigger pain that lingers. However, if you have a headache, there is no way to know if your headache is simply residual pain from the bump or if it is being caused by an injury to the brain. Going to the hospital is the only way to get an accurate diagnosis.

You’re concerned about an injury.
Often, symptoms of a brain injury are not immediately apparent. They can develop days or even weeks after the injury, during which time the injury has gotten worse. If you are concerned that you have been injured, go to the hospital for an accurate diagnosis.

The emergency room at Riverside Community Hospital is open around the clock to treat all of your urgent medical needs, with comprehensive imaging services on-site for quick diagnostics. To get more information about our hospital in Riverside, call us today at (951) 788-3463.

Knowing what eating disorders can do to the heart

Mental health disorders can have grave consequences for a patient’s physical health. One major example of this is eating disorders. Eating disorders are a heartbreaking example of how psychological issues can drive patients to fight their own bodies. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our compassionate physicians and nurses want patients to know that recovery is possible. Reach out for help before these serious disorders cause life-threatening consequences, such as heart problems.

Low heart rate
When people with eating disorders lose a great deal of weight or maintain a very low body weight, they naturally lose muscle mass. Some of the lost muscle may be in the heart. To conserve its resources, the body will make the heart beat slowly.

Low heart rate is called bradycardia. It can lead to these complications:

  • Fainting spells, which may cause physical injuries
  • Heart failure
  • Sudden cardiac arrest

Cardiac arrest isn’t the same as a heart attack. It occurs when the heart stops beating, and it has a much higher fatality rate than heart attacks. Death can occur within a few minutes if immediate medical attention isn’t available.

Low blood pressure
One of the possible complications of anorexia is low blood pressure. Low blood pressure can result in:

  • Fainting
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness

In extreme cases, the body might not get enough oxygen to function properly. This can result in heart damage.

Abnormal cholesterol levels
Patients who suffer from binge eating disorder typically experience the same cardiovascular risks as people who are overweight or obese. One of those is abnormal cholesterol levels. This condition can contribute to the risk of heart disease, peripheral artery disease and heart attack.

Heart failure
Heart failure is one possible complication of anorexia and bulimia. This is a progressive and irreversible condition in which the heart is unable to pump as much blood as the body needs.

Riverside Community Hospital is a leading heart hospital that connects patients in Riverside to sophisticated medical technology and innovative interventions delivered by a team of caring specialists. You can request a referral to a heart care specialist by calling a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463. If you think you’re experiencing a life-threatening heart emergency, please call 911 without delay.

Which is right for me, spine surgery or conservative treatment?

Except in rare cases, spine surgery isn’t generally performed on an emergency basis. This means that there is plenty of time for patients to weigh the pros and cons of surgical intervention with the help of their doctors. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, we emphasize personalized treatment plans and extensive patient education. Our physicians and specialists firmly believe in empowering our patients with the knowledge they need to make thoughtful, informed decisions for their healthcare.

Giving conservative treatments a try
When you watch the accompanying video, you’ll hear directly from a neurosurgeon at Riverside Community Hospital. He explains that physicians prefer to prescribe conservative treatments to their patients first before considering spine surgery. Sometimes, a little trial and error is required to find the treatment plan that works for you.

Give your doctor feedback on what works and what doesn’t, and whether you experience any side effects. Your doctor may adjust your treatment plan in response to your feedback. Take the initiative to ask about additional therapies that may help you, such as physical or occupational therapy.

Considering spine surgery as a last resort
If you’ve tried conservative treatments for a while and they aren’t doing enough to help you, schedule another visit with your doctor. It might be time to discuss spine surgery.

You may be referred to a neurosurgeon, who will carefully evaluate your health by studying imaging scans, performing a physical exam and perhaps requesting lab tests. This thorough evaluation is necessary to make sure that surgery really can help you. Spine surgery is generally only recommended if an anatomical cause of your pain can be determined, such as a herniated disc.

Additionally, you’ll need to fully understand the potential risks of having surgery. Your doctor can explain the most common side effects and the uncommon complications that may occur.

If you and your doctor decide that spine surgery is the right choice for you, then you can feel confident in the exceptional skills of the neurosurgeons at Riverside Community Hospital . Neuroscience Center at Riverside is the top choice for complex brain and spine surgeries for patients in the Inland Empire. Call a registered nurse at (951) 788-3463 to request a referral to a specialist.

What are the chances of your child inheriting Duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Couples who are planning to conceive may sometimes wish to speak with an Ob/Gyn about their health history beforehand. A preconception health visit evaluates the medical conditions that may affect the pregnancy, the mother or the child. In some cases, an Ob/Gyn at Riverside Community Hospital may refer couples to a genetic counselor. A genetic counselor can explain the likelihood of the child inheriting a genetic disorder, such as Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

The basics of Duchenne muscular dystrophy
Muscular dystrophy is a group of uncommon diseases. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a progressive genetic disorder. It causes muscle degeneration and weakness that typically starts very early in life, and becomes much worse by adolescence.

Because adolescent patients begin to experience heart and respiratory difficulties, in past years, they did not usually live long into adulthood. Life expectancy for these patients has been improved with better care, and many of these patients can now live into their 30s. Some of them have lived into their 40s and 50s.

The likelihood of inheriting the mutation
Female children inherit two X chromosomes. Male children inherit an X and Y chromosome. Since the genetic mutation that causes Duchenne muscular dystrophy occurs on the X chromosome, females are almost never affected by this disease.

Boys inherit the X chromosome from their mothers, which means the disease is passed down on the maternal line. Each son born to a mother who carries the mutation has a 50% chance of inheriting it, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

If a female does inherit the mutation, she isn’t likely to be affected because she has another X chromosome to compensate for the deficiency. However, she will be a carrier of the genetic disease, and her sons will have a 50% chance of inheriting it.

Riverside Community Hospital is a state-of-the-art medical center that provides a full range of medical services and specialty care. Every day, our team strives for healthcare excellence because our neighbors in Riverside matter to us. If you’d like to speak with a registered nurse or request a referral to an Ob/Gyn, you can call (951) 788-3463.

Why everyone should know the risks of glaucoma

Glaucoma is one of the most common causes of vision loss. Left untreated, it almost always leads to blindness, and some people who get treatment still lose their sight. By knowing the risk factors for glaucoma, you could reduce your risks of developing this serious eye health condition. Here is why understanding the risk of glaucoma is so important.

Anyone can get glaucoma.
Glaucoma does not just happen to older people or people with certain health conditions. Anyone can get glaucoma at any age. Some people are even born with a congenital form of the disease.

Therefore, receiving regular eye exams are incredibly important. Glaucoma responds best to treatments in its early stages, but it seldom causes symptoms until some degree of vision loss as already occurred. Only through regular eye exams can you know if have glaucoma before you begin to lose sight.

Vision loss is permanent.
Although there are treatments available to stop the progression of glaucoma that work for many people, any vision loss caused by the condition is permanent. No treatments are available to reverse blindness that results from glaucoma.

Early diagnosis and treatment are the only tools that can effectively prevent vision loss from glaucoma. Understanding your risk will make you more likely to get screened for glaucoma.

You won’t know you have it until it’s too late.
The first symptom of glaucoma is vision loss. Typically, people who develop glaucoma first notice that their peripheral vision is diminished. In some cases, people don’t notice the initial peripheral vision loss and only realize they have a problem when their forward sight is compromised.

When this happens, the disease is in an advanced stage. It’s important to be proactive about the risk before this happens.

Good health starts with regular preventive screening tests for a wide range of conditions. Your physician at Riverside Community Hospital can help you understand what tests are right for you, so you can get the personalized care you need. To learn more about our hospital services in Riverside, please dial (951) 788-3463.

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