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Donate Life - Jessica's Story

By taking a couple minutes to enroll as an organ donor, you are taking a powerful and altruistic step in changing the life of someone in need. This video tells the story of one girl who recently celebrated her 30th birthday, a milestone birthday that she would not have been able to experience without a sudden and lifesaving heart transplant at 16 years of age. Watch the video to experience more of Jessica’s story.

Riverside Community Hospital offers the men and women of Riverside, CA the area’s only transplant program. Our specialized team of medical professionals is dedicated to the continued health and healing of each transplant patient. Contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000 to find out more about our comprehensive healthcare services.


Tips for Lowering Your Risk of Developing Cardiovascular Disease

Heart Disease

Cardiovascular disease, also called heart disease, is a term that describes any illness of the cardiovascular system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), cardiovascular disease is responsible for approximately 600,000 deaths in the United States each year, placing it as the number one cause of death in American men and women.   Fortunately, there are steps that you can take to decrease your risk of heart disease.

  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet
    Eating a diet high in fiber and low in sodium and fat can be a huge help in reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease.  Instead of eating processed foods—which are often high in sodium and saturated fats—focus on foods that contain unsaturated fats and high levels of essential nutrients, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and lean proteins.
     
  • Practice good oral hygiene
    Recent studies have shown that oral health and gum disease are linked to many serious health conditions, one of which is heart disease. Therefore, keeping your teeth and gums healthy (and following your dentist’s advice) may also help to keep your heart healthy and strong.
     
  • Make physical activity a part of your daily routine
    Regular exercise can help to improve your overall health and fitness level. If you are overweight, physical activity can also help to control other risk factors for heart disease. Speak with your doctor to find out more about what types of activity are best for you.
     
  • Control your other risk factors
    Although factors such as age and gender cannot be altered, there are many other risk factors that can easily be managed with the help of your primary care physician or cardiologist. High blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol can both be evaluated and controlled through medication and lifestyle modifications; keeping these factors under control can help to significantly lower your risk of cardiovascular disease and heart attack.

If you are in need of an experienced cardiologist in the Riverside area, contact Riverside Community Hospital’s referral line today at (951) 788-3000. Our HeartCare Institute is staffed with a team committed to the continued heart health of the men and women of our community.


More Information About Our Recent Blog Topics...

Would you like to learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack or the benefits of minimally invasive surgical procedures? The following resources will provide more detailed information about these topics and more:

  • Robot-assisted surgery provides surgeons with a new set of amazing possibilities. Learn more about the benefits of robotic surgical systems from this article on the Oregon Health & Science University website.
  • This MedlinePlus article also contains a description of robotic surgery and contains a list of what different procedures robots can be used for.
  • Read more about the process of a kidney transplant from the National Kidney & Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse.
  • Becoming an organ donor may help to give someone in need a new lease on life. Learn more about the donation process from DonateLife.net.
  • Learn more about breast cancer and how you can fight it from the American Cancer Society website.
  • This article from the American Heart Association outlines the warning signs of a heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest.
  • Understand the basics of heart disease and if you may be at risk from WebMD.com.
  • The University of Utah provides a comprehensive overview of the causes of myocardial infarction in this article.
  • You can read more about vertical banded gastroplasty and its benefits from the University of Maryland School of Medicine website.
  • There are many benefits of bariatric surgery for those who qualify—this article from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery contains more information on its effective and long-lasting benefits.

Do you have questions about your health? Contact the friendly staff at Riverside Community Hospital for more information by calling (951) 788-3000 today

Online Medical Research


More Information About Our Recent Blog Topics...

Would you like to learn more about the symptoms of a heart attack or the benefits of minimally invasive surgical procedures? The following resources will provide more detailed information about these topics and more:

  • Robot-assisted surgery provides surgeons with a new set of amazing possibilities. Learn more about the benefits of robotic surgical systems from this article on the Oregon Health & Science University website.
  • This MedlinePlus article also contains a description of robotic surgery and contains a list of what different procedures robots can be used for.
  • Read more about the process of a kidney transplant from the National Kidney & Urologic Disease Information Clearinghouse.
  • Becoming an organ donor may help to give someone in need a new lease on life. Learn more about the donation process from DonateLife.net.
  • Learn more about breast cancer and how you can fight it from the American Cancer Society website.
  • This article from the American Heart Association outlines the warning signs of a heart attack, stroke, and cardiac arrest.
  • Understand the basics of heart disease and if you may be at risk from WebMD.com.
  • The University of Utah provides a comprehensive overview of the causes of myocardial infarction in this article.
  • You can read more about vertical banded gastroplasty and its benefits from the University of Maryland School of Medicine website.
  • There are many benefits of bariatric surgery for those who qualify—this article from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery contains more information on its effective and long-lasting benefits.

Do you have questions about your health? Contact the friendly staff at Riverside Community Hospital for more information by calling (951) 788-3000 today

Online Medical Research


Save the date!!! Riverside Community Hospital Hosts 2nd Annual Family Health and Fitness Fair

2012 RCH Family Health Fair_scaled

Riverside Community Hospital will be hosting our 2nd Annual Family Health and Fitness Fair on Saturday, June 9th from 9:00am-2:00pm.  Also sponsored by Riverside Medical Clinic Foundation.  Free to the community and something for the whole family.  Kids fun, health and nutrition’s zone; Cardiac Risk Health Screenings; Live Music; Healthy Cooking Demonstrations; Physician presentations and Ask the Doc booths; vendor booths and more. As part of the event, we will be once again be having our Riding for Heart Health motorcycle ride as a way to raise money for donation to the American Heart Association.

To register for the event, call 951.788.3463 or visit our website at www.riversidecommunityhospital.com.


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