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Living Healthy

Knowing your risk factors for heart disease or diabetes is the first step in prevention and staying healthy. To learn more about these conditions and the other topics discussed in our recent blog posts, look through the helpful links below. 

  • This article from the American College of Gastroenterology website answers many frequently asked questions about acid reflux, heartburn, and GERD. 
  • You can also read more about the basics of heartburn and reflux disease on the American Gastroenterological Association website. 
  • Are you at risk for type-II diabetes?  This short test from the American Diabetes Association can help you to find out.
  • If you are at an increased risk for diabetes, read the information found at the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse (NDIC) to learn more about how to reduce your risk.
  • This health guide found on The New York Times website provides more information about the causes, symptoms, treatment, and more of diabetes mellitus.
  • Learn about your possible risk factors for heart disease from the American Heart Association.
  • Epilepsy is a neurological disorder that leads to seizures.  Read about epilepsy and its causes from PubMed Health.
  • This article from the American Brain Tumor Association goes into detail about the different types of brain tumors and their treatment. 
  • The Los Angeles Times explores the many potential benefits of palliative care in this article. 
  • You can read more about the purpose of palliative care from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization website.

Learn more about staying healthy by contacting the friendly staff of Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

Common Neurological Services

CAT Scan

Medical knowledge and the latest technological developments have provided patients suffering from neurological conditions with more treatment options than ever before. Not only do patients have more options, but treatment has also become safer and more effective. Minimally invasive procedures, such as stereotactic surgery, have been shown to result in shorter recovery times, less pain associated with surgery, and dramatically reduced risk of infection. Read on to learn more about some of the common neurological services offered by cutting-edge hospitals and surgery centers.

  • Stereotactic surgery
    This type of neurological surgery utilizes images of a patient’s brain to guide the surgeon to the tumor or other target within the brain tissue. This approach allows for increased accuracy in the removal of larger brain masses and the removal of cells or tissue during biopsy.
  • Dorsal column stimulation
    For patients with chronic, severe nerve pain, dorsal column stimulation may be indicated to help alleviate their symptoms. The dorsal column stimulator is a very specialized device that can interrupt the conduction of pain signals to the brain by emitting tiny electrical impulses onto the spinal cord.
  • Neuroendoscopy
    Neuroendoscopy allows surgeons to look into the skull, brain, and spine with the use of small high-resolution cameras and telescopes. With the help of this technology, brain surgeons can perform a wide variety of minimally invasive neurological procedures through an incision only a few centimeters long.
  • Vagal nerve stimulation (VNS)
    This type of nerve stimulation can be used as a treatment for certain types of depression that are resistant to other forms of treatment. It can also be used to help treat certain types of epilepsy.

The professionals of Riverside Community Hospital are dedicated to delivering the highest quality neurological services to patients while also working to increase the range and safety of treatments and procedures. If you would like to learn more about our Neurological Surgery services, contact our staff at (951) 788-3000.

Type-II Diabetes: Understanding Your Risk Factors


Glucose is the body’s main source of fuel. It is found in much of the food we eat and is absorbed into our cells with the help of the essential hormone insulin. In people with diabetes, insulin is unable to perform its main function of facilitating the uptake of glucose, causing blood glucose levels to rise to potentially dangerous levels. While diabetes can be effectively managed, those who do not successfully control their blood glucose levels can suffer from damage to almost every organ and tissue in their bodies—from the liver and kidneys to the eyes and nerves.

Are you at risk for adult-onset, or type-II, diabetes? Type-II diabetes results in insulin resistance related to excess body fat or the body’s inability to produce adequate amounts of the hormone. Factors that may increase your chance of developing this serious medical condition include, but are not limited to:

  • Being obese or overweight, especially if the excess weight is located in the abdomen or upper body
  • Being 45 years of age or older
  • Having a family history of type-II diabetes or having a closely related family member with the disease
  • Having high “bad” cholesterol (LDL), low “good” cholesterol (HDL), or high triglycerides
  • Suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure).
  • Having a sedentary lifestyle
  • Suffering from depression
  • Race: Those of African American, Hispanic, Hispanic American, Native American, Asian American, or Pacific Islander descent have been shown to be more likely to develop type-II diabetes
  • Being female: Type-II diabetes is more common in older women than in men

If you have been diagnosed with diabetes, are pre-diabetic, or are at risk for developing diabetes, consider learning more about the treatment and management of the disease from the experts at Riverside Community Hospital. Our knowledgeable staff offers our patients diabetes education resources to help them learn more about staying healthy with all types of diabetes. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.

Lowering Your Blood Sugar Levels

High blood glucose levels due to poor eating habits or diabetes can lead to dangerous complications and damage to vital organs and tissues. To decrease your risk of being affected by these complications, you only need to make a few very simple lifestyle modifications. In this video, you can learn some of the ways to keep your blood sugar levels under control, which will help you to avoid developing heart disease. 

If you are at risk for becoming diabetic or if you would like to learn more about effectively managing your blood glucose levels, consider consulting with one of the professionals at Riverside Community Hospital. We offer diabetes education and a wide variety of other services to help keep our community healthy. Call us at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.

What is Palliative Care?

Medical Care

Many patients suffering from life-threatening medical conditions, such as cancer or AIDS, experience severe physical and psychological symptoms caused by medical treatment or the disease itself. These symptoms often will diminish a patient’s quality of life. Palliative care is a healthcare approach that is focused on the treatment of these symptoms. Combining pain and symptom management with spiritual and emotional support, palliative care works to alleviate symptoms of illnesses, but not to cure the illness itself.

Palliative care is administered from an interdisciplinary team of trained personnel. Physicians, social workers, chaplains, and nurses work together to provide each patient and their family with many types of care at any stage of illness. Support services included as a part of palliative care include, but are not limited to:

  • Symptom management to help increase the patient’s comfort and quality of life
  • Creating a support system for the patient and the patient’s family with the community, made up of other family members, friends, clergy, and service organizations
  • Developing plans to manage caregiving duties, from the financial strains to the caregiving itself
  • Helping with everyday activities, such as preparing meals and transportation
  • Advice and counseling from medical professionals, which aims to help the patient and family members to get a better understanding of the patient’s medical condition and how to recognize potential life-threatening signs
  • Emotional and spiritual support for the patient and family in dealing with the stressful aspects of serious illness

Riverside Community Hospital offers palliative care services to help patients in need achieve comfort, support, and improved quality of life. You can learn more about our comprehensive palliative care services by contacting us at (951) 788-3000.

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