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Recognizing the Symptoms of a Heart Attack

Heart Attack

A heart attack, or myocardial infarction, is a life-threatening event that occurs when blood flow to the heart muscle is interrupted. When oxygen-rich blood is prevented from reaching the muscle cells, they quickly become damaged and die. Heart attacks are caused by blockages in the coronary arteries, or the vessels that supply blood to the heart muscle. Blockages can be a result of the following conditions:

  • Thickening of the walls of the coronary arteries
  • Accumulation of fatty plaques in the coronary arteries
  • Narrowing or spasm of the coronary arteries
  • Embolism affecting the coronary arteries
  • Development of a blood clot in the coronary arteries

Being able to recognize the symptoms of a heart attack is vital in saving your life or the life of someone you love. Many people expect the dramatic signs seen in movies and ignore the more subtle symptoms, placing their lives in danger. Knowing when a heart attack is happening and seeking medical intervention as soon as possible will help you to get more effective treatment.  The symptoms of a heart attack include: 

  • Squeezing, heavy chest pain, especially with exercise, emotional stress, cold weather, or a large meal
  • Pain in the left shoulder, arm, or jaw
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sweating and clammy skin
  • Nausea
  • Weakness
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Anxiety, especially feeling a sense of doom with no apparent reason
  • Stomach pain, back and shoulder pain, confusion, and fainting (these symptoms are more unusual and are more commonly seen in women)

Do not delay—if you experience any possible heart attack symptoms, seriously consider calling 9-1-1 and seeking medical attention immediately. The HeartCare Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is dedicated to the effective treatment of heart disease. If you would like to learn more about your risk factors or how to live a more heart-healthy lifestyle, contact our staff of cardiac care professionals at (951) 788-3000.


A Look at Vertical Banded Gastroplasty

Weight Loss

Vertical banded gastroplasty, also called stomach stapling, is a type of bariatric surgical procedure that is performed as a treatment for obesity. It causes weight loss by decreasing the amount of food you can eat by reshaping the stomach to reduce the amount of food it can hold. On average, a normal human stomach can hold 4-6 cups of food; the surgical stapling performed during this procedure results in a stomach pouch that can hold only one cup and is about the size of a small egg.

The success of vertical banded gastroplasty is very dependent on the patient’s commitment to making necessary lifestyle changes. If the doctor’s instructions are carefully followed and dietary changes are made and maintained, a patient is more likely to reap the benefits of bariatric surgery. These benefits include:

  • Weight loss
  • Improvement in many obesity-related chronic health conditions, such as sleep apnea, hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, and diabetes
  • Reduced risk of dying from cardiovascular diseases, such as stroke or heart attack
  • Improved mobility and stamina
  • Enhanced self-esteem and quality of life

Just like every other bariatric surgery program, each vertical banded gastroplasty patient must meet very specific requirements to be qualified for the procedure. These programs generally include a thorough physical exam and the evaluation of medical history and an effort to lose weight through medically approved dietary means before considering surgery. Patients are also typically required to attend ongoing consultations with a registered dietician and to receive mental health evaluation and counseling.

If you are interested in the possibilities of weight loss surgery, consult the professionals of the Center for Surgical Weight Loss at Riverside Community Hospital. We offer minimally-invasive bariatric surgery alternatives that reduce the pain, scarring, and chances of infection associated with traditional open procedures. Contact our staff at (951) 788-3000 to learn more.


Know the Symptoms of Breast Cancer - "Think Pink"

In its early stages, breast cancer often exhibits no symptoms. Getting yearly mammograms is vitally important in the early detection of this disease before it can reach more advanced stages.

In this video, you can learn more about the “Think Pink” campaign—a campaign to increase awareness about the importance of getting a yearly mammogram. The host describes her own experience with breast cancer and how being aware of breast cancer symptoms can save lives.

The Cancer Center at Riverside Community Hospital is a milestone for our community, providing patients with the highest quality cancer care close to home. Our Breast Imaging Center helps women to win the fight against breast cancer before it can begin. Learn more about our state-of-the-art cancer services by contacting us at (951) 788-3000.


Learn More About Your Health And Wellbeing!

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.


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