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Heart Disease: Risk Factors

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women living in the United States.  While some of the risk factors for developing the many types of heart disease are genetic and cannot be altered, there are a wide variety of risk factors that can be affected with simple changes in lifestyle and diet. In this video, you can learn more about the different risk factors for heart disease from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, including which factors you can control and which you cannot.

Prevention is important. If you would like to learn more about staying healthy and avoiding the complications associated with heart disease, contact the professionals at Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.


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Medical Resources

Do you have questions about bariatric surgery or the factors that contribute to a high-risk pregnancy? The links below contain more detailed information about these topics and the others discussed in our recent blog posts. For more information, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.


What is Diabetes?

Diabetes is a common condition that can affect all ages and all body types. Diabetes keeps your cells from absorbing glucose, the fuel your body needs to make energy and function properly. In this video, you can learn more about the types and causes of diabetes mellitus.

The certified professionals at Riverside Community Hospital provide individual diabetes education and support for the effective self-management of this chronic disease. Whether you are an adult, child, or pregnant diabetic, it is valuable to know the facts about your disease and be aware of the latest developments in care and treatment of diabetes. Learn more about our diabetes education services by contacting our staff at (951) 788-3000.


Are You At Risk for Heart Disease?

Heart Disease

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and can present as one of many different serious conditions. Some of these conditions are congenital, while others can develop over the course of time and cause serious problems later in life. Those that develop heart conditions later in life are likely to have one or more known risk factors, or factors that have shown to increase your risk of heart disease and heart attack.

Are you at risk for heart disease? Some of the factors that you can control by living a healthier lifestyle include:

  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Being overweight (obesity)
  • High cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Chronic stress
  • Unhealthy diet

Most people have at least one of these risk factors. As your number of risk factors increases, so does your likelihood of developing heart disease or experiencing a heart attack. Some of these factors are more severe than others; for example, being diabetic and smoking put you at greater risk than some of the other factors.

To help control these factors, you can choose to lead a healthier lifestyle. Adults and children can both benefit from heart-healthy choices, such as maintaining a healthy body weight, eating a heart-healthy diet, staying active, and avoiding smoking. Making good decisions can keep you at low risk for heart disease, which has shown to increase your life expectancy for an average of 10 years.

These are not the only possible risk factors for heart disease—new risk factors are found as researchers learn and study more about the disease. Riverside Community Hospital’s Heart Care Institute is committed to the effective treatment of heart disease. Learn more about our services by visiting our website or contacting our staff at (951) 788-3000.


Types of Robot-Assisted Procedures

Robot-Assisted Procedures

Modern technology has allowed for the use of robotic arms in surgical procedures, resulting in a less invasive and more precise approach to a wide variety of operations. For surgeries that do not require open access, the use of robots, endoscopes, and monitors allows the incisions to remain very small. This minimally-invasive surgical approach has been shown to decrease scarring, recovery times, risk of infection, blood loss, and trauma to the body. Read on to learn more about the common types of robot-assisted surgical procedures.

  • Cardiac procedures
    Robots can assist surgeons to repair the mitral valve of the heart, effectively treating stenosis (narrowing) and regurgitation, or leakage, of the valve. Robot-assisted surgery may also be used to treat blockages in the heart’s arteries, angina, and septal defects and to place biventricular pacemaker leads. These leads are utilized to treat heart failure due to atrial fibrillation by electrically maintaining a normal heart rhythm.
  • Thoracic procedures
    Thoracic surgery is performed on the chest, but does not include surgery to the heart. Robot-assisted surgeries to the chest are performed through tiny keyhole incisions. Some of the procedures that typically utilize robot technology include: thymectomy (removal of the thymus gland), lobectomy (removal of a lung lobe), esophagectomy (removal of the esophagus), mediastinal tumor resection, and sympathectomy (removal of part of the sympathetic nerve).
  • Urologic procedures
    The urologic system consists of the kidneys, ureter, bladder, prostate (males), and urethra. Robots are typically utilized to aid in prostatectomy, cystectomy, and nephrectomy or in the removal of the prostate gland, bladder, or kidney respectively. This technology can also be used to disconnect and reinsert the ureter from the bladder to keep urine from flowing backwards, known as a ureteral reimplantation.

Riverside Community Hospital utilizes robots in many surgical procedures to allow our surgeons to achieve a greatly improved range of motion and increased precision. If you would like to know more about robot-assisted surgery, contact our friendly staff at (951) 788-3000.


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