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Why young women should see the gynecologist

National Women’s Health Week is May 8 – 14 this year, which is the perfect opportunity to focus on the importance of gynecology visits for preventive care. Young women in particular may overlook the need to see an OBGYN on a regular basis to maintain good health. Here are some of the reasons young people should consider seeing a gynecologist.

STD education and prevention

As mentioned in the video, young women should see a gynecologist either by age 21 or when they become sexually active, whichever is first. One of the reasons that seeing a gynecologist after becoming sexually active is important is that the doctor can provide education about STD prevention.

During an exam, a gynecologist can review the symptoms of STDs with their patients and describe preventive measures that can be taken, such as using condoms. Gynecologists can also provide STD testing and treatment and ensure that young women know which STDs are easily transmitted even when using protection, so that they can take control of their sexual health.

Pregnancy prevention

For sexually active young women who don’t wish to become pregnant, gynecologists can help patients select the right form of birth control. They can educate women about their options and help them pick the method that is right for them.

Gynecologists can also help young women understand the limitations of the birth control options they choose, what to do if a birth control method fails and the importance of using protection against STDs alongside birth control.

Well-woman exams

OBGYNs perform well-woman exams and Pap smears to diagnose health problems in their early stages so that they can be treated. During these exams, gynecologists will look for signs of infections, STDs and cancer, which can go undetected in young women because they are slow to seek gynecologic care.

Riverside Community Hospital is pleased to offer comprehensive health care for women at all stages of life, from OBGYN care to mammography. To get a referral to one of our physicians in Riverside, CA, please dial (951) 788-3463.


Setting expectations for joint replacement surgery

After joint replacement surgery, you will undergo a multistage period of recovery during which your body will heal from the procedure and adjust to your new joint. It’s important to work closely with your providers to create a personalized recovery plan and to develop realistic expectations of the healing process. Here is a look at what you can expect after joint replacement surgery.

You will be out of bed the same day as the surgery

Most patients assume that they will be bedridden after joint replacement surgery, but the opposite is true. As explained in the featured video, in almost every instance, you will be up and moving around the same day as your replacement surgery.

Getting up after surgery helps to reduce stiffness that can cause pain and inflammation and encourages healthy blood flow to the surgical site. It can also reduce the risk of complications like blood clots and help patients spend less tie in the hospital overall.

You will have a pain management plan

Pain is something that concerns many patients as they approach joint replacement surgery. Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will work closely with you to create a plan to keep you comfortable during and after surgery.

There are a variety of pain medications that physicians can prescribe after surgery. In addition to oral medications, you may receive an implanted pain device that lets you administer your pain medications under the skin. Although some discomfort is an inevitable part of surgery, you should not be in severe pain during your recovery.

You will have exercises to complete

To strengthen the area around the joint replacement and reduce the risk of blood clots, you will have exercises you need to do each day. Your healthcare providers will give you an exercise plan, and you may also work with a physical therapist as you regain strength and mobility.

At Riverside Community Hospital, our orthopedics and joint replacement team is committed to providing patients with the support, education and encouragement they need before, during and after surgery. Get more information about joint replacement in Riverside, CA or a referral to a physician by calling (951) 788-3463.


How stress can damage your heart health

The stress of a new job or a public speaking engagement can make your palms sweaty, your heart race and your stomach clench. The mind and body are inextricably linked and, unfortunately, mental stress can lead to real health problems. When stress levels stay high day after day, your heart health may suffer the consequences. The research is ongoing as to whether chronic stress directly causes heart disease. But what is clear is that stress can indirectly raise the risk of heart disease. Here at Riverside Community Hospital, our heart health providers empower patients to make smart decisions for their healthcare.

Stress can affect your eating habits

Nutrition has a significant effect on your heart health. Your heart and blood vessels need a well-balanced diet that is:

  • High in fiber
  • Low in saturated fat
  • Rich in healthy fats
  • Low in sodium
  • Low in sugar

If you choose healthy foods like whole grains, lean meats, vegetables and fruits regularly, you’re already taking important steps to protect your heart. But when you’re having trouble coping with stress, you might be more likely to stray from these healthy food choices. Stress can cause some people to overeat or skip meals, choose sugary junk foods and get takeout meals.

Stress can affect your motivation to exercise

When you exercise your muscles, you’re also exercising your heart muscle. Exercising regularly benefits your heart and blood vessels in the following ways:

  • Keeps your arteries flexible
  • Regulates your blood pressure
  • Regulates your cholesterol levels
  • Stabilizes your blood sugar
  • Maintains a healthy weight

Unfortunately, stress can make a person lose the motivation to exercise, particularly if that stress is linked to not having enough time. If you can manage to get yourself to exercise despite your stress, you’ll almost certainly find that working out helps you manage your stress better.

Stress may prompt you to drink or smoke

Another way stress can indirectly affect your heart health is by setting the stage for alcohol consumption and tobacco use. Of course, not everyone who experiences stress will have a few drinks or smoke cigarettes. But those who do risk worsening heart health.

At HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital, our heart health specialists are committed to helping you live life well to prevent or manage heart disease. In the Riverside region, our heart hospital is recognized for unsurpassed patient care and life-saving procedures. Please direct medical emergencies to a 911 dispatcher, but for non-emergency questions, you can speak with a nurse at (951) 788-3463.


Making the decision to become an organ donor

Every day at Riverside Community Hospital, our organ transplant team sees the incredible difference just one person can make. We work one-on-one with patients who are waiting for a life-saving kidney, as well as those who have already been given a second chance at life. From our family to yours, thank you for making the decision to join the organ donor registry during National Donate Life Month this April.

The decision to become an organ donor

This decision is a highly personal one that only you can make. You may decide to join the registry after a loved one has been told he or she needs an organ transplant. Or, you might simply feel comforted to know that even after your death, you may be able to save up to eight lives with your organs.

If you decide to become an organ donor, you’re in good company. Millions of other U.S. adults have joined the registry, but the need for more registered donors is critical and ongoing. Take a look at these troubling statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:

  • 119,000+ people on the waiting list
  • 22 deaths daily while waiting for organ transplants
  • 1 name added to the waiting list every 10 minutes
  • 3 in 1,000 registered donors die in a way that allows donation

The eligibility criteria for organ donation

Organ and tissue donors are all ages, sizes and ethnicities. Most health conditions do not disqualify a person from donating organs for transplant. Even if a couple of organs are not suitable for organ transplants, it’s possible that others will be suitable.

Most major religions approve of organ donation as a selfless act of humanity. These include Catholicism, Islam and Judaism.

All individuals who are 18 years of age and older can sign up on the state organ donor registry. When a potential organ donor dies before reaching the age of majority, the parents or legal guardians can make the decision to give the gift of life.

More than 525 patients have received life-saving organ transplants at Kidney Transplant Center in Riverside Community Hospital. Our interdisciplinary team of specialists is committed to providing uncompromising care, personalized treatment and comprehensive patient education. Call a registered nurse at our hospital in Riverside at (951) 788-3463.


Encourage the men in your life to get screened for testicular cancer

With the demands of work, family and friends, it’s hard to find the time to visit a doctor for health screenings. But these exams and tests, which are performed in the absence of symptoms, are an essential cornerstone of preventive medicine. If the men in your life haven’t seen their family physicians lately, encourage them to make an appointment during Testicular Cancer Awareness Month this April. A testicular cancer screening probably won’t reveal any abnormalities. But just in case it does, the skillful cancer care specialists at Riverside Community Hospital are here to help.

Testicular cancer screening guidelines

Health screening guidelines are established by multiple organizations and they can vary. It’s important to remember that these guidelines may not necessarily be appropriate for every patient. Men should consider asking their primary care physicians if a certain health screening is appropriate for them, based on their personal risk factors of testicular cancer.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force does not currently recommend that men who do not have symptoms undergo routine screenings for testicular cancer. The organization also does not recommend that men perform routine self-exams.

The American Cancer Society does recommend that men who are at least 20 years old have a testicular cancer screening during their annual health exams. The organization also notes that doctors may recommend routine self-exams for men who are at a high risk of testicular cancer.

Testicular cancer self-exams

Self-exams for testicular cancer are intended to alert men to abnormal changes of the testicles, which should be evaluated by a doctor. Men who choose to perform self-exams should do so after bathing because the skin of the scrotum will be more relaxed. Men can check for the following abnormalities:

  • Hard lumps or nodules
  • Changes in size, consistency or shape
  • Swelling or enlargement of one testicle

Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital brings together leading oncology specialists who are genuinely committed to giving each patient the high-quality, personalized care he or she deserves. We’re pleased to offer state-of-the-art medical technology like CyberKnife and robotic surgery, which allows Riverside families to receive superior care right in their own community. Call our nurse referral line at (951) 788-3463.


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