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Online Health Resources

Are you interested in learning more about cardiac rehabilitation or any of the topics covered in our recent posts? You can read more valuable information about your health by clicking through the links below. If you have any additional questions, contact Riverside Community Hospital at (951) 788-3000.

  • Cardiac rehabilitation has shown to decrease the risk of death in patients with heart disease or previous history of heart attack. The American Heart Association has some great information about cardiac rehab on their website.
  • The Heart and Stroke Foundation also describes some of the benefits of exercise-based cardiac rehab in this article.
  • Weight loss surgery may improve the quality of life of those eligible for the procedure—read this article from the Weight-Control Information Network to learn more.
  • This article from the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery provides information about the benefits of bariatric surgery.
  • The American Gastroenterological Association can also provide great information about the different weight loss procedures.
  • The AAFP (American Academy of Family Physicians) has articles on many medical topics, including bariatric surgery.
  • Organ donors give the gift of life. Explore OrganDonor.gov to read more about how you can help.
  • TransWeb.org is another excellent resource for information about organ transplantation and donation.
  • ACOG, or the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommends that each woman gets a wellness exam every year.
  • The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute website provides an overview of high blood pressure in this article.

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Weight Loss Surgery: Your Questions Answered

Nutrition and Weight Loss

Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a treatment option available to overweight adults 18-65 years of age in the effort to prevent obesity-related medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Read on to learn more about bariatric surgery and whether or not it is right for you:

Is weight loss surgery right for everyone?
No—the surgical treatment is not for everyone. After a complete evaluation of the patient and a discussion of their options, your healthcare provider will determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. Since it is a life-altering procedure, it is necessary to make sure that each patient is prepared to make the lifestyle changes needed for a successful outcome.

How is eligibility determined?
The National Institutes of Health supports these guidelines for determining whether or not a patient is eligible for weight loss surgery:

  • The patient must be between the ages of 18 and 65
  • The patient must have a BMI (body mass index) of greater than 40 or between 35 and 40 with major obesity-related medical issues
  • The patient must have attempted and failed previous non-surgical efforts to lose weight
  • The patient must have realistic expectations of the surgery and be committed to continued management of their weight

Does insurance cover the cost of the procedure?
It is always a good idea to contact your insurance provider to find out whether or not weight loss surgery is a benefit on your plan; it may or may not be covered depending on your insurance plan.

Can the weight be regained?
Yes. If the patient does not comply with diet and exercise recommendations given by their health care provider, long-term weight loss is unlikely. Bariatric surgery is only the first step to losing weight.

Being overweight can have serious health consequences. At Riverside Community Hospital, our staff of health care professionals wants to help you live a healthier life. If you are interested in learning more about our Center for Surgical Weight Loss or about bariatric surgery in general, please contact us at (951) 788-3000.


Benefits of Exercise-Based Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac Rehabilitation

Cardiac rehabilitation is a three-phase personalized program dedicated to the education and rehabilitation of patients recovering from heart-related diseases or surgery. Recent studies have shown that exercise-based cardiac rehab improves the overall health and quality of life in patients that participate.

The main goal of cardiac rehabilitation is the recovery from and prevention of cardiac episodes. To do this, a personalized training program is designed to fit each patient’s specific needs. A patient usually starts with light activity and works towards more intense aerobic exercise on a bike or treadmill. This increased physical activity improves one’s energy level, lifts the spirits, and increases the strength of the heart and body.

Cardiac rehab increases participants’ confidence in their abilities and situation. The support offered by a cardiac rehab staff includes education about medicines, diet, and other lifestyle changes—all personalized to fit the patient’s needs. This professional support, in combination with the group support element found in the clinic, can go a long way in helping a patient understand their disease and improve their health.

Participating in cardiac rehab improves one’s functional capacity to perform the activities of daily living, such as shopping and caring for family members. This increased performance is largely due to the improved cardiovascular and muscular function that is the result of regular exercise. Even patients with severe cardiomyopathy or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), who are unable to improve the functioning of their central circulatory system, can benefit from the increased peripheral strength (quadriceps, biceps, etc.) that comes with exercise.

Exercise-based cardiac rehab is a vital part of a healthy heart program. The Heart Care Institute at Riverside Community Hospital is committed to the effective treatment of heart disease; our three-phase cardiac rehabilitation program is only one of the many services we offer to patients with compromised heart health. Contact us at (951) 788-3000 or check out our website to learn more about our services.


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